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Two Week-Long Intensives

Lionel Corbett

Psyche and the Sacred 
A Depth Psychological Approach
April 7-11, 2008
(full & closed / wait list only)

Psychotherapy as
Spiritual Practice
A Seminar for Therapists
June 9-13, 2008



Psyche and the Sacred A Depth Psychological Approach

Lionel Corbett and Guest Faculty

Spiritual structures require periodic renewal. Today our understanding of the sacred is being re-imagined both inside and outside traditional cultural containers. Depth psychology is a method that gives us a contemporary way to express an evolving step in the history of religious consciousness. This unique five-day intensive, created by Lionel Corbett, M.D., integrates depth psychology, Nonduality, and the study and the experience of the sacred. The need for such a program arises because a new spiritual sensibility, and with it a new God-image, are emerging alongside and within the Judeo-Christian tradition. This form of spirituality expresses itself from the depths of the psyche.   

A psychological approach seems to be helpful to at least two groups of people. For some of us, traditional ideas about God and religion do not express our personal spirituality, because we experience the sacred in ways that are not fully articulated in the traditional teachings. For those of us who are committed to a traditional religious practice, depth psychology can deepen our relationship to the tradition and our understanding of its archetypal significance. Sometimes a new language enables things to be said that have yet to be articulated, and depth psychology is providing this voice.

This course will have both an academic and an experiential component. The academic focus will explore various religious ideas through the lens of depth psychology, in order to unfold the archetypal structures that underlie traditional assumptions. The experiential aspect will focus on personal experience of the numinosum, or the sacred, its relationship to the psychology of the individual, and its effects within the personality. The depth psychological approach to the sacred focuses on revelation by means of dreams, synchronistic events, creativity, relationships, the earth, the body, sacred places, and attention to our complexes.  Because we have no presuppositions about the ways in which the numinosum may appear, the depth psychological approach is open to personal manifestations of the sacred that may not be recognized as such within traditional Judeo-Christian thought. A background in depth psychology and/or religion is recommended. 

Session Dates: Monday-Friday, April 7-11, 2008
Session Times: Monday 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Tuesday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuition: $900
Other Fees: Residential Fee $650; Commuter Fee $250
Fees include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and break service for 5 days. Residential Fee also includes five night's accommodation fee plus 10% occupancy tax; additional nights available for $80 per night plus tax.
CEU: 31.5 hours of continuing education credit are available for MFTs, LCSWs, RNs, and Counselors

Psychotherapy as Spiritual Practice
A Seminar for Therapists

Lionel Corbett and Guest Faculty

Psychotherapists are increasingly realizing the importance of spirituality. This seminar will describe some of the ways in which psychotherapeutic work can be thought of as a spiritual practice, and even as a sacred activity. Dr. Corbett suggests that our everyday psychological work is not separate from our spirituality, and that the human personality has a spiritual foundation as well as its developmental aspects. These suggestions have important implications for personality theory and for the practice of psychotherapy. Many therapists and people undergoing therapy would like to be able to incorporate a spiritual dimension into their therapeutic work, but they believe that traditional religions are the only form of spirituality available to them. This seminar will show that it is not necessary to import pre-existing theological notions into psychotherapy. 

Problems such as despair, emptiness, hopelessness, and lack of connection to others are commonly expressed in psychotherapy, where the spiritual dimension of these difficulties can be discussed if both participants are open to the conversation. Even if one takes a position that life is just tragic and has no particular meaning except whatever we choose to give it, this too is a philosophical perspective that can legitimately be addressed in psychotherapy. While one may think of emotional difficulties as the result of a self disorder, they are also important spiritual crises, indicating the inextricable connection between one's psychological make up and one's spirituality. At the same time as the therapist works with such difficulties psychologically, it is important to be aware of the spiritual concerns raised by emotional problems, because the discovery of meaning in suffering is of enormous help.

Topics to be covered include:

  • What it means to say that the therapist is working with a spiritual sensitivity: psychotherapy as a contemporary form of spiritual direction
  • The expression of the sacred or the holy in psychotherapy
  • The relationship between psychopathology and spirituality
  • Psychodynamics, temperament, and spirituality
  • The problem of evil in psychotherapy
  • Spiritual development seen in psychotherapy
  • A comparison of depression and a dark night of the soul
  • Love in psychotherapy
  • The evolution of a personal God-image
  • Theories of the origins of human spirituality
  • Faith in psychotherapy
  • Spirituality as a motivational system
  • The Nondual attitude in psychotherapy

This seminar is open to all mental health practitioners and/or students in graduate level psychology programs.

Session Dates: Monday-Friday, June 9-13, 2008
Session Times: Monday 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Tuesday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuition: $900
Other Fees: Residential Fee $650; Commuter Fee $250
Fees include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and break service for 5 days. Residential Fee also includes five night's accommodation fee plus 10% occupancy tax; additional nights available for $80 per night plus tax.
CEU: 31.5 hours of continuing education credit are available for MFTs, LCSWs, RNs, and Counselors

Lionel Corbett, M.D., trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Dr. Corbett is a core faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute teaching depth psychology. He is the author of The Religious Function of the Psyche and Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Religion. He is co-editor, with Dennis Patrick Slattery, of Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field and Psychology at the Threshold: Selected Papers.


Both intensives will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute's Ladera Lane Campus. Located on 35 acres in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this residential retreat center provides a unique and peaceful environment for the event. The center has lodging and dining facilities as well as a swimming pool (seasonal) and hiking trails.

Accommodations are simple, dormitory-style rooms with shared bath and shower. The Residential Fee includes fees and tax for a single room in the Residence Building for Monday through Friday or Sunday through Thursday evenings. Additional nights are available for $80 per night plus 10% occupancy tax. Reservations for rooms must be made through Pacifica's Public Program's office. Please reserve accommodations at the Ladera Campus on the registration form.

Other accommodations in the Santa Barbara area may be arranged by calling one of these services: Coastal Escapes at 800.292.2222 or Hot Spot Accommodations at 800.793.7666.

Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. Both the Residential and Commuter Fees include breakfast, lunch, and dinner and break service for 5 days, Monday through Friday.

Major airlines provide service into the Los Angeles International Airport located 90 miles south of Santa Barbara and into the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, approximately 18 miles from the Campus. Both airports have shuttle service between the airport and Santa Barbara. Information on ground transportation will be included with your confirmation letter.  

Registration and Cancellation
Enrollment in each intensive is limited to 30 participants. To register, please complete the registration form and return it with a deposit of half the total fees to hold your place. The balance in full is due 30 days before the first day of each intensive (March 7 for Psyche and the Sacred and May 9 for Psychotherapy as Spiritual Practice).

Please send your registration to Pacifica Graduate Institute, Public Programs, 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013; fax to 805.565.5796; e-mail to; call 805.969.3626, ext. 103, or register online.

To obtain a refund on your registration fee, send a written cancellation request postmarked no later than 30 days before the first day of the intensive. Tuition less a $100 processing fee will be refunded. No exceptions will be made. For refund on accommodations at the Ladera Lane Campus, cancellation with full refund will be accepted up to 5 days before the event. Cancellations made 1-4 days before the event will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellation on the day of the event.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to those who find it prohibitive to pay the full cost of the intensives. To apply, send a letter of request with your registration and payment. Please be specific regarding your financial circumstances. If accepted, you will be contacted to approve processing payment.   

Continuing Education Credit
31.5 hours of continuing education credit is available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177), for MFTs and LCSWs (provider #PCE 2278) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and for National Certified Counselors (provider #5436), through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Pacifica adheres to NBCC continuing education guidelines.  MCEP credit for Psychologists is pending through the California Psychology Acrediting Agency (MCEP Provider #PAC014).

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