Current Public Programs

Depth Psychological Approaches to Suffering
Friday, February 12
7:00-9:00 PM
Saturday, February 13
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Sunday, February 14
9:00 AM-12:30 PM
$380 General Admission
$330 Special Admission
(Full-Time Students, Pacifica Alumni, and Seniors)
$300 Active Pacifica Students

Fees include Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch

Extra meals available are Thursday dinner ($23) and Friday breakfast ($13) and lunch ($19)
12 CECs for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and RNs

The seminar will be held at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus

Accommodations are available at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus and the Best Western Carpinteria Inn
Depth Psychological Approaches to Suffering
Lionel Corbett, M.D., trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian Analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. His primary interests are: the religious function of the psyche, especially the way in which personal religious experience is relevant to individual psychology; the development of psychotherapy as a spiritual practice; and the interface of Jungian psychology and contemporary psychoanalytic thought. Dr. Corbett is a professor of depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the author of numerous professional papers and four books: Psyche and the Sacred, The Religious Function of the Psyche, The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice, and most recently The Soul in Anguish: Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Suffering. He is the co-editor of Jung and Aging, Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field, and Psychology at the Threshold.
Depth Psychological Approaches to Suffering
A Seminar with Lionel Corbett
at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus
When suffering strikes, it is helpful to find a framework through which we may understand it, rather than seeing suffering as a random event in one's life. The approach of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is of limited help, because there are many forms of suffering which are normal given the circumstances of the person's life. As well, even in the presence of emotional disorder, people with the same diagnosis suffer in unique ways and require a personalized approach.

Traditional religions all offer explanations for suffering and the reasons for it, and we will consider some of these, but depth psychology has its own unique approaches. This seminar will describe some of the ways in which we may search for meaning in suffering, and will discuss suffering as an experience of liminality and initiation into a new level of consciousness. We will also discuss an approach to suffering based on radical acceptance.

The seminar will discuss the suffering produced by painful states of mind such as hatred, envy, alienation, scapegoating, cruelty, and loneliness, which cause enormous suffering. We will describe some of the developmental sources of these complexes, their effects on the personality, and some of the ways in which they may be approached in psychotherapy. We will contrast these states of mind with the psychology and psychodynamics of altruism, empathy, compassion, concern, care, consolation, and pity, exploring the similarities and differences between these states. Finally we will discuss ways to help the helper, including the problem of burn-out and compassion fatigue among psychotherapists.

Learning Objectives
• Participants will learn a variety of frameworks within which psychotherapists may approach the problem of suffering.
• Participants will learn to recognize forms of suffering which are normal and not included in the DSM.
• Participants will appreciate the value of the discovery of meaning in suffering. • Participants will learn a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches to painful states of mind.

General Information

Space is Limited! Register Early! To register, submit the form on the webpage, or print and mail it to the Public Programs Department, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013 or call the Public Programs Department at 805.969.3626, ext. 103. An email confirmation letter will be sent within 5 days of receiving your registration.

To obtain a refund on your registration fee, send a written cancellation request via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or postal mail postmarked no later than thirty days before the event. Tuition less a $50 processing fee will be refunded. No refunds on your registration fee will be made after that time. In the event that the program is sold out with a waitlist and we are able to transfer your registration to someone on the waitlist, we will issue you a refund less the processing fee. Any registration transfers that do not go through our office will be assessed the processing fee onsite. For a refund on accommodations at the Ladera Lane Campus, cancellation with a full refund will be accepted up to 5 days before the event. Cancellations made 1-4 days before the event will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellation on the day of the event.

The program will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus at 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Located on 35 acres in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this residential retreat center provides a unique and peaceful environment for these events. This campus has lodging, dining facilities, and parking.

Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus
801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

A limited number of rooms are available for participants at the following rates: $89 per night single occupancy (one twin or standard full size bed) $123 per night couple occupancy (one standard full size bed; not a queen) $136 per night double occupancy (two twin beds) plus 10% occupancy tax Accommodations are simple, dormitory-style rooms with a shared bath and shower. Bed linens and towels are provided. Reservations for rooms must be made through Pacifica’s Public Programs Department.

Best Western Carpinteria Inn
4558 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013; 805.684.0473
A limited number of rooms are available for participants at the special rate of $129 per night plus tax. These rooms are held for our group at this special rate until three days before the program. Be sure to mention PACIFICA PUBLIC PROGRAM to receive the special rate. Please note that Pacifica shuttles do not provide service to and from the Best Western for Public Programs.

Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. Included in your registration fee are Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. For early arrivals, the following extra meals are available for an additional fee: Thursday Dinner ($23); Friday breakfast ($13) and lunch ($19). All extra meals must be ordered in advance through the Public Programs Department. Pacifica’s caterers make every attempt to provide healthful meals for our guests and include organic ingredients whenever possible.

Major airlines provide service into the Los Angeles International Airport located 90 miles south of the campus and into the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, approximately 18 miles north of the Campus. Information on ground transportation to and from Santa Barbara will be included with your confirmation letter.

A limited number of partial financial need scholarships are available for this program. To apply, please complete the online registration form and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page. Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted to approve processing of payment. Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered.

12 hours of continuing education credit are available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177); for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs through the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (provider #67021); and for psychologists through the California Psychological Association (PAC014). Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance at the program is required to receive a certificate. A $15 processing fee will be charged for each certificate requested.

It is the policy of Pacifica’s Public Programs Department to accommodate attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Please let us know in advance if you have special needs or require assistance due to a disabling condition while you are attending a public program. If you are accompanied by a service dog, please contact Disability Services directly (805.679.6125), as all animals visiting campus must have pre-approval. For additional information regarding Pacifica’s policies, visit
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