M.A./Ph.D. Program in Depth Psychology Specialization in Somatic Studies

The emerging 21st century paradigm requires visionary leaders who can think across professional and disciplinary boundaries, fully embody a holistic, integrative perspective, and channel their energy to solve real-world problems.
The Somatic Studies specialization in Pacifica’s Depth Psychology program is uniquely grounded in the tradition of depth psychology, with its emphasis on the unconscious, imagery, archetypes, meditation, and dreams. From a somatic and mind/body perspective, bodily experiences always relate holistically to physical health and environments, interpersonal relationships, social and cultural contexts, and the spiritual domain.

The Somatics curriculum is a blend of hard sciences—including neuroanatomy, neuroplasticity, and psychoneuroimmunology—and creative expressions of the humanities. The program incorporates interdisciplinary practices such as integrative medicine, shamanic traditions, and cultural studies, while drawing upon creativity and active imagination as a way of connecting image to sensation and following the dance of our dreams. Students explore the correlations between body and psyche, study the body’s role in the individuation process, and investigate how physical symptoms may be a direct reflection of the soul.

Graduates of the Somatic Studies specialization have the ability to apply a highly advanced knowledge of the body/psyche intersection to their chosen work—creating leadership, management, and training roles in a wide range of fields spanning higher education, post-doctoral research, integrative health care, social services, consulting, community non-profit development, book publishing, and many others.

Through rigorous, engaged scholarship, Somatic Studies students learn how to think deeply through and with the body, develop skills that strengthen their effectiveness as teachers and practitioners, and engage in transformative practices and fieldwork with the potential to change how we live in the world. Students will:

  • Read, interpret, and critically reflect upon the theories and traditions of Depth Psychology, remembering the body and recalling its voice
  • Develop the capacity and skill to maintain awareness of and connection to the unconscious
  • Develop literacy in the emerging domain of neuroscience as it applies to Depth Psychology, somatic studies
  • Develop skills in research and writing that support their efforts to articulate and promote new theoretical directions and practical applications
  • Participate with like-minded scholars and healers in an emerging field of study
  • Create a professional portfolio to enhance existing career skills

Marion Woodman Scholarship

The Marion Woodman Scholarship Fund is for the Somatic Studies specialization of the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology program. A number of scholarships are offered to newly admitted students in the Somatic Studies Program based on extreme financial hardship and strong academic excellence.

For information regarding Pacifica's M.A./.Ph.D. Somatic Studies specialization, please contact Alyson Alexander M.A., Senior Admissions Counselor, at 805.969.3626 ext. 305, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
“I am the poet of the body. And I am the poet of the soul.” ~ Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
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