Frontiers & Re-Visions of Depth Psychology Courses

Euro-American approaches to depth psychological theories and practices are placed in dynamic dialogue with ecopsychology, psychologies of liberation, and cultural studies from diverse cultural settings as we create a critical depth psychology for the 21st century. The interface between psyche, culture, and nature is highlighted, as we seek to understand the interdependent relations between psychological, community, cultural, and environmental well-being. Current work in Freudian, Jungian, archetypal, and phenomenological schools is explored, enabling students to begin placing their own evolving scholarship in dialogue with the frontiers of depth psychology.

 

Depth Psychology and Cultural Issues I 
DP 731........ 2 Units
The goal of this course is to initiate the student into the practice of seeing culture and cultural variation through a depth psychological lens, and into the practice of seeing depth psychology as a cultural phenomenon in itself. Various cultural phenomena are examined and critiqued.

Psychologies Of Liberation
DP 781........ 2 Units 
This course places Euro-American approaches to depth psychology into conversation with psychologies of liberation arising from Asia, Africa, Central and South America. By focusing on dialogue as their common methodology, we reflect on how one can integrate psychologies that have focused primarily on the individual and the intrapsychic with psychologies that look at the psychological through the lens of culture. How does this integration lead us to work with dream, symptom, image, and calling? How does it help us imagine depth psychological work with psychological suffering and well-being through small group and community participatory fieldwork and research? We examine the development of dialogical capacities across the intrapsychic, interpersonal, and group domains. This course lays the theoretical and practical foundation for depth psychologically oriented community fieldwork and research.

Ecopsychology I
DP 732........ 2 Units
The manner in which we experience our relationship with Nature deeply shapes our human identity. Similarly, conceptions of selfhood and otherness powerfully influence our treatment of Nature. The complexity, mystery, and diversity of systems described by natural science and the dynamics of Psyche described by depth psychology often mirror one another, even as they differ in methodologies. As distinct from those 20th century psychologies that posit a separate self, ecopsychology imagines the self as in relation to an interconnected and interdependent world. Ecopsychology considers individuation as rooted in a process of symbiotic connection to Nature and to the human community alike. Depth perspectives on the ecology of soul are informed by new science, deep ecology, shamanism, wildness, indigenous cultures, animism, evolutionary psychiatry, somatic psychology, and various creative arts. However, the primary guides and texts for this course are the transformative voices, images, and powers of Nature itself.

Phenomenology of Depth Psychological Cultural Work
DP 880........ 2 Units 
In this course students present their community fieldwork and research, examining how depth psychology oriented their work, their transferential relation to the work, and what they learned through their application of depth psychological methods. Through reflection on the array of fieldwork, students work toward discerning a phenomenology of how depth psychology and cultural work are and can be related. Attention to the interfaces between culture and intrapsychic experience, between cultural/ecological symptom and individual suffering or psychopathology, ecological/cultural/institutional transformation and psychological healing are stressed. Students study how such community based depth psychological work is of value to cultural work and to the evolution of depth psychological theory and practice.

Post-Freudian Traditions
DP 860........ 2 Units
Freud’s students, colleagues, and dissenters generated a body of work that extended psychoanalysis’ focus on the relation between psyche and culture. The works of key psychoanalysts who have made important contributions to this body of work are explored.

Depth Psychology and Cultural Issues II
DP 830........ 2 Units
Although depth psychology began in the therapy room as a method of treatment, one of its aims has always been a therapy of culture. In this course, attention is focused on the social, political, and economic contexts of psychological life and work. The body-politic in its social and economic arrangements is a place where soul reveals and conceals itself.

Jungian Psychology III
DP 862........ 2 Units
The key ideas of second-generation Jungians are surveyed in historical perspective. Contemporary movements in Jungian thought are also explored, with an emphasis on their contributions to an understanding of psyche and culture.

Ecopsychology II 
DP 847........ 2 Units 
Psyche, culture and nature are three interdependent loci of human life-worlds. We shall consider such basic questions as: How does the natural world, its places and creatures, affect our images, metaphors, myths, and understandings of ourselves, as well as our well-being? How have evolving cultural constructions of nature and of the self affected how we experience the natural world and how we have treated it? We begin with ancient notions of the soul and of nature, contrasting these with early modern models that keep them radically apart. Naturalists are consulted for guidance in forging more sensitive connections with the natural world, with special attention to the difference between wildness and wilderness. The factor of place in the experience of the environment is pursued, as are ecofeminist approaches to environmental concerns. Frontiers Of Depth Psychology 
DP 963........ 2 Units 
Depth psychological theories and practices are placed in dynamic dialogue with ecopsychology, psychologies of liberation, and cultural studies from diverse cultural settings as we create a critical depth psychology for the 21st century. Contemporary work in Freudian, Jungian, archetypal, and phenomenological schools is explored, enabling students to begin to place their own evolving scholarship in dialogue with the frontiers of depth psychology.

Frontiers Of Liberation Psychologies
DP 964........ 2 units
This course offers theoretical and experiential study of various participatory, dialogical, and restorative approaches being developed throughout the world to foster critical consciousness, build community, reconcile decisive differences, heal community trauma, transform oppressive social conditions, and imagine utopic possibilities.

Collective Trauma
DP 923........ 2 Units
The ever-enlarging literature on personal and community trauma are reviewed. The trauma literature are linked to the social and cultural environments that historically produced depth psychologies as well as our own contemporary perspectives. We will explore the roles of victim, oppressor, collaborator, bystander, witness, and ally in relations to traumatic events. Approaches to the healing of collective trauma are discussed.

Enacting the Oral Tradition
DP 992........ 2 Units
Students are invited to re-member the oral tradition of soul through an oral presentation which addresses the ways that they have been informed by their three years of studies. In this course each student makes a research presentation to other members of the class in a seminar format. This presentation constitutes the oral examination requirement of the program. Pass/No Pass.