Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Depth Psychology
Pacifica's Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program is currently accepting applications for Fall, 2016.
In this program, the education of scholar-practitioners integrates theory, research and clinical practice within depth psychological traditions. The program's commitment to human science psychology (as an alternative to conventional psychology's experimental, natural science approach) emphasizes meaning as the fundamental component of psychological life. Understanding human meaning, the goal of the descriptive and interpretative (hermeneutic) methods utilized within a qualitative research orientation, is reflected in grasping how things matter for people within their life situations. Further, in acknowledgement of the worldly (not merely subjective), cultural-historical character of meaning, human science psychology is deliberately affiliated with humanities. Accordingly, the curriculum is infused with the study of mythology, the arts, history, religion, and philosophy.
Aligned with Pacifica's forty-year history, the Ph.D. program is devoted to the traditions of depth psychology within a human science model. Beginning with Freud and Jung, depth psychologies are distinguished by their recognition of a latent or unconscious dimension of psychological life. This unconscious element, or depth in human experience, is understood as essential to the transformative character of the therapeutic relationship. The program is inspired by psychoanalytic, Jungian, and existential-phenomenological perspectives in their historical and contemporary formulations, including relational, archetypal, and hermeneutic psychologies. Significant attention is given to dialogue with related disciplines such as multiculturalism, postmodernism, feminist theory, gender studies, indigenous psychology, complexity theory, post colonialism, ecological studies, Eastern thought and contemplative practices/traditions.
By emphasizing the importance of scholarship in the education of psychologists, the Ph.D. program continues depth psychology's long-standing approach to clinical practice. A clinical orientation is infused throughout the curriculum, facilitating the engagement of theory and research in addressing individual, community, and global concerns. Students receive comprehensive clinical training that is informed by both Jungian and psychoanalytic traditions as well as contemporary depth approaches to psychotherapy. Clinical instruction emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship, particularly transference and counter-transference dynamics, the significance of dreams, early development including attachment and trauma, developmental stages across the lifespan, individuation as a process of psychic transformation, mind-body integration, therapeutic presence, and the cultural context of healing. A critical dialogue is maintained with contemporary developments in the field such as neuroscience.
The Ph.D. program's strong research curriculum is guided by depth psychology's human scientific understanding of psychological phenomena. Hence, courses focus on qualitative research methodologies that affirm the interpretative or hermeneutic dimension of description as well as the unconscious dynamic between researcher and what is being researched. Student research is framed as encompassing the pursuit of knowledge, personal transformation, and the practice of social engagement.
Students in the Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program:
- Build a foundation for professional practice by extensive clinical training, enhanced by scholarship and enriched by the analytical and interpretative skills developed through engagement with research.
- Receive comprehensive clinical training that is informed by both Jungian and Psychoanalytic traditions, as well as contemporary depth approaches to psychotherapy.
- Learn the importance of the therapeutic relationship, particularly transference and counter-transference dynamics, the significance of dreams, early development including attachment and trauma, developmental stages across the lifespan, individuation as a process of psychic transformation, mind-body integration, therapeutic presence, and the cultural context of healing.
- Engage in critical dialogue regarding contemporary developments in the field of psychology, such as neuroscience.
- Study Psychoanalytic, Jungian, and Existential-Phenomenological perspectives in their historical and contemporary formulations, including relational, archetypal, and hermeneutic psychologies.
- Explore related disciplines such as multiculturalism, postmodernism, feminist theory, gender studies, indigenous psychology, complexity theory, post colonialism, ecological studies, aesthetic perception, imagination, and mythic sensibilities, inclusive of Western and Eastern spirituality.
- Frame research within the pursuit of knowledge, personal transformation, and the practice of social engagement.
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.
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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.
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.