Psyche and Soul
Psychodynamic Diagnosis of Personality Disorder
with Matthew Bennett and Leigh McCloskey

Psyche and Soul 3


Friday, July 29
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Saturday, July 30
9:00 am-5:30 pm
Sunday, July 31
9:00 am-12:30 pm

12.5 Continuing Education Credits
for Psychologists (pending), MFTs, LCSWs, RNs, and Counselors

$370 General Admission

$320 Special Admission
(Full-Time Students, Pacifica Alumni, and Seniors)

$295 Active Pacifica Students
(Fees include Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch)

The "visible" self is a constellation of emotions, perceptions, assumptions, memories, and many other psychological determinants, many of which are unconscious. According to psychodynamic models of psychotherapy, unconscious aspects of the self strive outward for expression, creating the conditions for building a consistent sense of self in the external world. The task of selfhood is to balance inner and outer forces, which may sometimes be in conflict. This workshop is intended to introduce licensed practitioners and students of mental health disciplines to psychodynamic perspectives on personality formation as "strategies for selfhood." Personality disorders are explored and defined, and clinical strategies for dealing with each are described, as part of a "guided tour" of personality patterns recognized in the clinical literature. Together, the psychologist and the artist underline the need for selfhood in a world which devalues internal work and internal values, explicitly honoring the needs of both psyche and soul in the journey towards Selfhood.

Matthew Bennett 100x120Matthew Bennett, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with years of experience in applied public and private sector mental health settings. He is Director of Clinical Training for Pacifica Graduate Institute's Clinical Psychology Program, and also a lecturer at Pacifica. Dr. Bennett is President Elect of the Santa Barbara County Psychological Administration, and past positions include President Elect of the Psychology Department at Ventura County Medical Center, and founder and first Director of Training for Ventura County Department of Behavioral Health's pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology. He maintains a private practice with offices in Ventura and Santa Barbara.

Leigh McC.Leigh J. McCloskey is a modern Renaissance Man. His interest, knowledge and learning ranges from history, religion, mythology and esotericism to string theory, quantum physics and the multidimensional nature of consciousness. He has deeply studied Hermeticism, Alchemy and Kabbalah and has hosted a twice weekly salon at his home for over twenty years. He has contributed numerous essays on topics ranging from William Blake and the Heroic Imagination to Jacob Boehme and Theosophical Thought. His work reveals many depths of knowledge and craftsmanship that could only have emerged from his fidelity to intellectual, creative and personal excellence.

General Information

LOCATION: The seminar will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus at 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. 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 these events. This campus has lodging, dining facilities, parking onsite.

ACCOMMODATIONS: A limited number of rooms are available for participants at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus.

Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus
$82.50 per night single occupancy
$115 per night couple occupancy
$125 per night double occupancy
plus 10% occupancy tax

Accommodations are simple, dormitory-style rooms with shared bath and shower. Single (twin or double bed), double (two twin beds), and couple (one double bed) rooms are available. Reservations for rooms must be made through Pacifica’s Public Program’s office.

MEALS: Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. Included in your registration fee are Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. If you are arriving early, the following meals are available for an additional fee: Friday breakfast ($12.50) and lunch ($17.75). No other meals will be available. Pacifica’s caterers make every attempt to provide healthful meals for our guests. Please indicate on the registration form if you need a special vegan or vegetarian meal or if you have other medical dietary restrictions.

TRAVEL: 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. Information on ground transportation to and from Santa Barbara will be included with your confirmation letter.

REGISTRATION AND CANCELLATION: Space is limited in all events. Register early!
To register, please complete the form and return it to Pacifica Graduate Institute, Public Programs, 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013; fax to 805.879.7392; e-mail to; call 805.969.3626, ext. 103, or register online at Please include your email address as an email confirmation letter will be sent within 5 days of receipt of your registration.

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 refunds on your registration fee will be made after that time. In the event that the program is sold out with a waitlist, if you return your seat to our office, and if we are able to transfer your registration to someone on the wait list, we will issue you a refund less the processing fee. Any registration transfers that do not go through our office will be assessed the processing fee onsite. 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.

SCHOLARSHIPS: A limited number of partial scholarships are available to those who find it prohibitive to pay the full cost of the seminar. 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: 12.5 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 approval for psychologists is pending review. A $15 processing fee will be charged for each certificate requested.