This specialization is a bold initiative to forge interdisciplinary transformative approaches to personal, community, cultural, and ecological challenges of our time.
While grounding students in the psychoanalytic, Jungian, archetypal, and phenomenological lineages of depth psychology, this specialization places Euro-American approaches to depth psychological theories and practices in dynamic dialogue with ecopsychology, cultural studies, and psychologies of liberation from diverse cultural settings.
To study community and ecopsychology in the light of liberation psychology
is to commit to the exploration of the profound effects of injustice, violence, and the exploitation of others and nature on psychological, communal, and ecological well-being. It is a commitment to create paths to peace and reconciliation, justice, and sustainability.
Linda Buzzell-Saltzman, M.A., M.F.T. 1:07
Linda speaks about bringing together Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology to form this specialization of the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Program.
Through community and ecological fieldwork and research, students work in the area of their calling, while deepening their ethical discernment, reflecting on their own positionality, widening their repertoire of dialogue and arts-based approaches, and gathering the theoretical insight and practical skills to conduct participatory action research, community and organizational program evaluation, and transformative work.
The C.L.E. Newsletter, Volume 1; Hearing Voices
Praxis classes mentor students in a variety of approaches to working with groups: council/ circle, appreciative inquiry, theater of the oppressed, public conversation, open space technology, community dream work, liberation arts, restorative justice, somatic approaches to trauma healing, conflict transformation, and imaginal and ritual approaches to community health and healing. Students will also gather the theoretical insight and practical skills to conduct participatory action research and community program evaluation.
Students in the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, Ecopsychology specialization:
- Deepen insight about individual, group, and cultural life through study of depth psychological concepts and practices
- Develop scholarly and creative writing skills
- Learn innovative approaches to trauma healing, restorative justice, ecological sustainability, community building, economic justice, forced migration, alternatives to violence, peacebuilding, and reconciliation
- Practice participatory action research and program and organizational evaluation, while deepening ethical discernment regarding issues of power and privilege
- Train in a wide variety of group approaches to cultural and ecological work
- Heighten sensitivity to the imaginal, the metaphorical, and the mythical
- Develop the capacity to teach in academic and community learning environments
- Apply insights to a wide variety of professions and leadership positions
Students and alumni work in fields such as education (high schools, colleges, universities, prisons, alternative learning centers, youth programs); prison reform and restorative justice initiatives; arts-based community building; trauma healing; advocacy and grassroots coalitions; social justice; organizational development and transformation; peacebuilding and community dialogue; health services (including hospice); NGO's (nongovernmental organizations); planning and evaluation; land preservation, peak oil planning and sustainability issues, local food initiatives; philanthropy; microlending and economic alternatives.
Herman Warsh Scholarship Program
The Herman Warsh Community-Based Scholarship Fund is for the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology with emphasis Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, Ecopsychology. The need-based scholarship was established to encourage students historically under-represented in the study and practice of depth and archetypal psychology who are committed to community, cultural, and ecopsychological work.