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Welcome to the homepage for Pacifica's Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program. Pacifica is currently accepting applications for fall 2014 enrollment in this program. Feel free to reach out to admissions counselor and request more information at the links located in the navigation bar to your right.

Pacifica Graduate Institute's Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology provides a strong foundational education in clinical psychology which is enriched by the traditions of depth psychology. Depth psychology is found in multiple cultural contexts and perspectives, including the systematic explorations of Freud, Jung, and their followers.This depth emphasis also includes the study of recent scholars of archetypal psychology (Hillman) and theorists and practitioners of Interpersonal (Sullivan), Object-Relations (Klein/Winnicott), and Self (Kohut) psychologies. Pacifica has offered the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology since 1987.

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A current student in the Clinical Psychology Program reflects on Pacifica

The Ph.D. program includes three years of coursework in foundational clinical psychology with an emphasis in Jungian and psychoanalytic psychology. After completion of the three year academic program students complete a dissertation in the fourth and fifth years and a 1,500 hour clinical internship. In the current national clinical psychology environment, the Ph.D. has become the degree of choice for students interested in clinical research, teaching, and other academic pursuits. Over the past five years, faculty from the Clinical Psychology Program have exhibited significant scholarship by the completion of over 350 research articles, 13 books and have presented over 250 professional papers at conferences; students have written and/or presented over 75 professional papers. The Clinical Psychology Program is committed to the expansion of depth-oriented research to improve clinical outcomes.

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The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program courses draw from four areas of study:

  • Practicum Seminars
  • Clinical Practice
  • Depth Psychology and the Humanities
  • Research and Scholarly Inquiry


 "When I was a student and later a tenure-track faculty at a large state university, I thoughT that my inner life and my professional life had to be divided. When I found Pacifica and our program, I was delighted to work in a place where we can openly integrate depth psychological principles in all aspects of our lives and work. It is this integration that I believe inspires us to be a community of students, faculty, and staff that share a commitment to tending the Soul in and of the World." —OKSANA YAKUSHKO, PROGRAM CHAIR

Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D. 1:50
What is Depth Psychology?
 Oksana Yakushko, Ph.D. 1:38
"A rigorous education infused with attention to psyche, to the world of a soul and spirt, and the connection to the inner world of the student themselves."
 Jonathan Schedler Ph.D.2:35
As a recent guest lecturer and expert on personality and psychotherapy, Dr. Schedler spoke on Psychodynamic therapy.


Pacifica recently received a seven-year Reaffirmation of Accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC).

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