public programs
The Deep Psychology of Money
An Interactive Workshop with Aaron Kipnis

 Saturday, July 18 | 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Mount St. Mary’s College,
Chalon Campus
12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles

$150 General Admission
$100 Special Admission
(Full-time Students, Pacifica Alumni, & seniors)
$75 Active Pacifica Students
Fees include lunch and a reception following the workshop.


Money is a subject often more taboo than sex, religion or political affiliation. And psychology, for the most part, has been no braver or wiser than other forums in hosting useful dialogs on the topic.

The myriad money complexes clients and therapists both bring to the consulting room reveal many parallels between money and psychology through metaphors such as: inflation, depression, mania, value, allure, obligation, worth, deficit, loss, gain, promise, transference, confidence, failure and trust. Money is the number one reason married couples separate and many families are torn apart by their economic issues, yet money is seldom mentioned in any of our trainings. But we will talk about it openly here, re-imagine our relationships with it, work with it, and play with it all day long.

As we engage with the phenomena of money we will consider its complex roles in identity, self regard, interpersonal relationships, psychopathology and the injuries of class at all points of the economic spectrum. We will try to understand some of the imaginal underpinnings of our contemporary economy as we deeply explore our personal psychologies of money and consider new possibilities. In an attempt to move beyond quantitative concepts we will also discuss the psychological complexes, symbolic meanings, archetypal influences and spiritual significance of money.


Aaron Kipnis, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in Santa Monica, California and has been a core faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute for 12 years. Outside the classroom, Aaron speaks widely. He is author of Angry Young Men; What Women and Men Really Want; Gender War, Gender Peace; and Knights Without Armor. His award winning documentary film—Awakening—is about Untouchable women’s economic empowerment in rural India and post-Taliban women in Afghanistan (Rikshaw Films, 2006). His forthcoming book, The Midas Complex, is about the deep psychology of money. For more information please, visit

General Information

Location and Accommodations
The Aaron Kipnis Workshop will be held at Mount St. Mary’s College, Chalon Campus, 12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049. The campus is located in the Santa Monica Mountains with a sweeping view of greater Los Angeles from downtown to the beach. The campus is in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles near Westwood Village and Santa Monica, minutes from the coast and the 405 Freeway.

Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the programs. Meals included are Saturday lunch, and reception. No other meals will be available.

Registration and Cancellation 
Space is limited in all events. Register early!
To register, please complete the form online or return it 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.

To obtain a refund on your registration fee, send a written cancellation request postmarked no later than thirty days before the event. Tuition less a $50 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 programs. 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 
6 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. A $15 processing fee will be charged for each certificate requested.  

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