Pacifica is now accepting applications for fall 2014 in the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology program with a combined emphasis in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology.

This specialization is a bold initiative to forge interdisciplinary transformative approaches to personal, community, cultural, and ecological challenges of our time.

somatic artWhile 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.


Defining the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology program 9:36

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 2; Hearing Voices

Hearing Voices, CLE Vol. 2 Spring

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.

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Mary speaks on the Mission of the specialization
 Edward Casey, Ph.D. 2:41
Ed speaks on the Ecopsychology component of the specialization.
 Nuria Ciofalo, Ph.D. 3:00
Nuria speaks about Pacifica's approach to Community Psychology

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
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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.

The Herman Warsh Matching Scholarship (CLE Matching Grant) enables any student who has a tuition sponsor (i.e., workplace, foundation, nonprofit group, faith group, or individual) to apply for a matching tuition grant from Pacifica (up to $12,500 per year). Applications are accepted through the year as long as funds remain.