Curriculum Overview: M.A./Ph.D. Program in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Somatic Studies

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Dr. Rae Johnson, Program Chair,
Explains Somatic Studies

Each campus session consists of three days each month during fall, winter, and spring quarters. Students in this specialization come to campus nine times each year for the first two years; in the third year of the doctoral program, there is an additional five-day summer intensive. During each residential session, students attend lectures and seminars, engage in experiential and embodied learning, and have time for reflection and research in the Pacifica Library and Opus Archives.




First Year

Fall

Introduction to Somatic Studies – DPS 725, 2 Units
Introduction to Depth Psychology - DPS 730, 2 Units
Somatic Dreamwork – DPS 770, 2 Units
Integrative Seminar I - DPS 791, 2/3 Unit

Winter

Foundations in Fieldwork – DPS 900, 2 Units
Embodied Depth Group Work - DPS 712, 2 Units
Marion Woodman and the Jungian Tradition - DPS 761, 2 Units
Integrative Seminar II - DPS 792, 2/3 Unit

Spring

Scholarly Writing and Publication - DPS 812, 2 Units
Neuroscience and Somatic Depth Psychology I - DPS 720, 2 Units
Freud, Reich and the Psychoanalytic Tradition - DPS 760, 2 Units
Integrative Seminar III - DPS 793, 2/3 Unit

Summer

Summer Fieldwork I – DPS 905, 4 Units



Second Year

Fall

Foundations for Research in Somatic Depth Psychology - DPS 782, 2 Units
Ecopsychology: The Body on the Earth - DPS 732, 2 Units
Presenting the Fieldwork Experience – DPS 880, 2 Units
Integrative Seminar IV - DPS 794, 2/3 Unit

Winter

Embodied Alchemy - DPS 750, 2 Units
Qualitative Research Methods - DPS 884, 2 Units
Archetypal Psychology - DPS 762, 2 Units
Integrative Seminar V - DPS 795, 2/3 Unit

Spring

Trauma and Resilience - DPS 850, 2 Units
Body and Soul in the Expressive Arts - DPS 753, 2 Units
Quantitative Research Methods- DPS 883, 2 Units
Written Comprehensive Examination - DPS 892, 0 Units
Integrative Seminar VI - DPS 796, 2/3 Unit

Summer

Summer Fieldwork II – DPS 906, 4 Units



Third Year

Fall

Relational Embodiment - DPS 851, 2 Units
Human Sexuality – DPS 925, 2 Units
The Body in Literature – DPS 950, 2 Units
Dissertation Development A – DPS 932A, 2/3 Unit
Integrative Seminar VII - DPS 797, 2/3 Unit

Winter

Neuroscience and Somatic Depth Psychology II - DPS 721, 2 Units
Depth Psychology and the Sacred - DPS 920, 2 Units
Non-Western and Indigenous Healing - DPS 952, 2 Units
Dissertation Development B - DPS 932B, 2/3 Unit
Integrative Seminar VIII - DPS 798, 2/3 Unit

Spring

Integration of Theory, Practice, and Teaching (Oral Comprehensive Examination) - DPS 992, 2 Units
Body, Soul and Social Justice - DPS 754, 2 Units
Frontiers of Somatic Depth Psychology - DPS 955, 2 units
Dissertation Development C - DPS 932C, 2/3 Unit
Integrative Seminar IX - DPS 799, 2/3 Unit

Continuing

Depth Transformative Practices - DPS 997, 5 units
Dissertation Writing - DPS 980, 15 units



*This curriculum may vary, based upon evolving academic needs.This curriculum may vary depending upon changing academic needs. The required fourth and fifth years of study focus on reading, research, and dissertation writing.

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