Curriculum Overview: Ph.D. in Depth Psychology Specialization in Psychotherapy


Curriculum Overview

When students begin their studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute, they join a cohort of like-minded students who are also enrolling in that particular degree program. The majority of students remain with the same cohort throughout their academic journey. A very real sense of community is soon established as students collaborate within their cohorts and share the intense experiences that are part of graduate-level work at Pacifica. Close personal and professional bonds are formed, often lasting long after studies are completed and extending into graduates' new careers.

Depth Psychology with Specialization in Psychotherapy classes take place during three-day sessions (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) approximately once each month during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Summer quarter coursework is offered in a single five-day session.

The Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Psychotherapy includes three years of course work and the successful completion of an original dissertation.


The Inner Life: Dreams and Active Imagination – DPP 780, 2 Units
Relational Psychotherapies I – DPP 763, 2 Units
Foundations for Research in Depth Psychotherapy I – DPP 784, 2 Units


Jungian Psychotherapy I – DPP 761, 2 Units
Depth Approaches to Psychopathology: Alternatives to the DSM – DPP 760, 2 Units
Case Consultation I – DPP 750, 2 Units


Historical Foundations of Depth Psychology – DPP 730, 2 Units
Case Consultation II – DPP 751, 2 Units
Scholarly Research and Writing – DPP 785, 2 Units


Psychotherapy Informed by the Mythic Tradition – DPP 921, 2 Units
Arts, Psychology, and the Poetic Imagination – DPP 896, 2 Units


Relational Psychotherapies II: New Trends in Psychodynamic Treatment – DPP 863, 2 Units
Dissertation Development I: Imagination, Calling, and Rigor in Doctoral Scholarship – DPP 832, 2 Units
Case Consultation III – DPP 850, 2 Units


Jungian Psychotherapy II – DPP 861, 2 Units
Psychotherapy and Culture I: Indigenous Healing Traditions – DPP 830, 2
Archetypal Psychotherapy: A Mythopoetic Approach to Working with the Psyche – DPP 762, 2 Units


Literary Foundations for Depth Psychotherapy: Narratives of the Personal and Collective Psyche – DPP 835, 2 Units
Case Consultation IV– DPP 851, 2 Units
Dissertation Development II: Qualitative Methodology – DPP 782, 2 Units


Advanced Dreamwork – DPP 872, 2 Units
Case Consultation V: Theories of Supervision – DPP 852, 2 Units


Jungian Psychotherapy III: 21st Century Approaches and Controversies – DPP 961, 2 Units
Interpersonal Neurobiology, Affective Neuroscience, and Depth Psychology – DPP 870, 2 Units
Case Consultation VI: Processes of Supervision – DPP 950, 2 Units
Dissertation Development III – DPP 942A, 2/3 Unit


Psyche in Nature – DPP 732, 2 Units
Case Consultation VII – DPP 951, 2 Units
Psychotherapy and Culture II: Digital Life, Cyborgs, and the Soul – DPP 974, 2 Units
Dissertation Development IV – DPP 942B, 2/3 Unit


Psychotherapy and Culture III: Developmental Trauma and the Body – DPP 975, 2 Units
Psyche and the Sacred – DPP 920, 2 Units
Case Consultation VIII – DPP 952, 2 Units
Dissertation Development V – DPP 942C, 2/3 Unit


Oral Comprehensive Presentation – DPP 994, 2 Units
Advanced Imaginal Psychotherapy – DPP 962, 2 Units


Dissertation Writing – DPP 999, 15 Units


*This curriculum may vary depending upon changing academic needs. Selected courses may have online components. The required fourth and fifth years of study focus on reading, research, and dissertation writing..

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