Since its inception in 1996, the Depth Psychology Program has made a radical commitment to tend the history and the future of depth psychology. The program has held in the center of its mission two related commitments: to educate students in the history and lineage of depth psychology and to explore the non-clinical frontiers of the field.
While deepening the understanding of the roots and development of depth psychology, faculty, students, and alumni are also extending the theories and practices of the field beyond the limits of clinical work and across the traditional lines of professional and academic disciplines. Through scholarship, teaching, and work in a wide array of professional and community roles utilizing the insights of depth psychology, students and alumni contribute to understanding and addressing many contemporary personal, community, ecological, and cultural issues.
Joseph Coppin, Ph.D.
Chair, M.A./Ph.D. Program in Depth Psychology
Dr. Coppin discusses the evolution of the Depth Psychology Program and the three new emphasis
2 minutes, 30 seconds
Over the years these commitments led to a branching of interests that call for a further diversification of coursework and training. The Depth Psychology Program offers incoming students three options for specialization:
•Emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies
•Combined Emphasis in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology
•Emphasis in Somatic Studies
All students in the program share a core course of study in depth psychological theory, interdisciplinary studies, and depth psychological approaches to research. This core curriculum includes the following courses:
- Introduction to Depth Psychology
- Foundations for Research in Depth Psychology
- Dissertation Development
- Depth Psychology and the Sacred
- Jungian Psychology
- Post-Jungian Psychology
- The Psychoanalytic Tradition
- Archetypal Psychology
- Somatic Studies
- Depth Psychology and the Mythic Tradition
- Mythopoetic Imagination
- Imaginal Ways of Knowing
Each specialization blends this core curriculum with additional courses in the area of emphasis, leading to a highly focused and innovative graduate education true to the original radical dual intentions of our program.
The Emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies
is a hybrid online/low-residency program that affirms Pacifica's mission to tend soul in and of the world through an in-depth engagement with the work of C.G. Jung and post-Jungians. It surveys Jungian and archetypal theories and practices most applicable to healing, transformation, self-expression, and the development of consciousness. Students critically evaluate both the limitations and the potentials of Jungian psychology in contemporary contexts, and work together in a dynamic learning community to advance, apply, and imagine new extensions for these theories and practices in the world.
The Combined Emphasis in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology
is creating a 21st century depth psychologically informed critical community psychology. To address the personal, community, cultural, and ecological challenges of our time, Euro-American depth psychological theories and practices are placed in dynamic dialogue with ecopsychology, cultural studies, indigenous, and liberation psychologies. Nourished by depth psychology, students become sensitive to the interdependence of individual, cultural, and collective dynamics, and to the arts and the imaginal as catalysts to vision and transformation. Praxis classes mentor students in creative approaches to working in organizations, nonprofits, community groups, and educational settings. Community and ecological fieldwork and research are designed to help students pursue their distinctive areas of interest, gathering the theoretical understanding and fieldwork and research skills to deepen their engagement.
The Emphasis in Somatic Studies
extends into practice one of the foundational ideas of Pacifica Graduate Institute—healing can occur through working with profound experiences stemming from myth, imagination, and unconscious motivation. This specialization builds upon the deep conviction that there are forces of the psyche that stimulate the body's capacity to heal itself. The many traditions and practices that address the body—be they old, new, Western, non-Western, scientifically based, or indigenous—call for our attention in this specialization.