Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology integrates training in research,  teaching, and clinical psychological practice grounded in the traditions of depth psychology and the humanities.
 
Defining Perspective
The Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology is grounded in depth psychological perspectives: the fundamental reality of the psyche as well as its multiplicity, autonomy, and its intimate connections with the phenomena of the world. The program's depth psychology focus seeks to honor both what is known and also the unknown, the unconscious--within individuals, communities, and cultures. The program curriculum is designed to help students develop a depth psychological attitude, cultivating curiosity, mindful attention toward the phenomena and images we encounter as well as our creativity and imagination.
 
Curriculum
The program's curriculum draws on the scholarship of the depth psychological tradition, which served as a foundation of Western clinical psychology.  Specifically, the program focuses on the contributions of S. Freud and C. J. Jung as well as subsequent dynamic developments of these traditions, including contemporary analytic and psychodynamic theories, archetypal and imaginal approaches, integrative indigenous and mind-body practices, and human science (phenomenological) methods. In addition, such disciplines as neuropsychology, anthropology, philosophy, ethno-cultural studies, literature, critical and liberation approaches, mythology, religious studies and narrative medicine also contribute to program's emphases and clinical training opportunities.

The program's goal is to prepare students as researchers and clinicians, who are grounded in these traditions and integrate them within diverse clinical, academic, and community settings. In addition, the program's curriculum as well as its learning methods encourage students to engage in an educational process that is personally transforming as well as keenly attuned to the needs of "the soul in and of the world," as stated in Pacifica's mission statement.
 
Career Orientation
One of the oldest and most established programs at Pacifica Graduate Institute, the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology has a successful history of preparing licensed clinicians, academicians, scholars, writers, researchers, and consultants. The coursework is designed to prepare students for licensure in the state of California as well as other states.
 
Please contact Diane Huerta, Admissions Consultant and Former Pacifica Admissions Director, at 805.969.3626, ext. 306 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about the program.
For Academic Program Information CLICK HERE. Pacifica Graduate Institute's Psy.D. and Ph.D. programs are accredited by the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC) and the Department of Education to offer financial aid. Pacifica's doctoral programs in Clinical Psychology are not accredited by the American Psychological Association.