M.A./Ph.D. Program in Depth Psychology Emphasis in Somatic Studies
The Somatics program also recognizes that there are as many entries into the body/ mind dynamic as there are beings on Earth. The program's students reflect this fact. They come from diverse backgrounds. Some are psychotherapists or dance or movement therapists, while others are body workers, massage therapists, yoga teachers, or personal trainers. Still others are healthcare practitioners, including nurses and acupuncturists. And there are students with no background in body therapies but a keen interest in exploring depth psychology from a somatic perspective. The curriculum is a blend of hard sciences and creative expressions of the humanities. Some courses are based on science, but the program is not constrained by science. That means that we study the areas of neuroanatomy, neuroplasticity, and psychoneuroimmunology without being reductive and finite.
Students in the Somatic Studies specialization...
- Learn skills and practices that enable the body’s capacity to heal
- Bridge neuroscience with holistic healing modalities
- Critically examine theories of Depth Psychology that inform psyche and soma
The Marion Woodman Scholarship Fund is for the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology with emphasis in Somatic Studies 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.
"Our body is our home, a treasure trove that houses our awareness. It is an exquisite vehicle that when well-tended will offer us direct access to the unconscious. In this program we learn to inhabit our bodies through a variety of experiential forms such as active imagination, dream work, movement, and meditation." -Cally Huttar, Ph.D., program chair.