Research & Engagements in Depth Psychology Courses

Practices arising from or congruent with depth psychologies are explored both in the classroom and in community settings. Dreamwork, active imagination, council, somatic and artistic practices, theater of the oppressed, ritual, appreciative inquiry, and practices of reconciliation provide students with a repertoire of individual, small group, and community depth psychological approaches. Research and community and ecological fieldwork are imagined as pathways for individuation and vocation, assisting students in placing their evolving scholarship in dynamic relationship to their areas of interest. Through participatory and dialogical fieldwork and research, students are challenged to use depth psychological ideas and practices to facilitate individual, community, and cultural transformation and healing. Research approaches --such as hermeneutic, phenomenological, critical, participatory action, and feminist--enable students to deeply engage their questions and concerns.


Approaches to Group and Community Process I, II, III
DP 871 1 Unit, DP 872, 873 2/3 Unit each
Depth psychological community and ecological fieldwork and research draw on a rich variety of group and community processes. These courses introduce students to varied methodologies such as council, Bohmian dialogue, process work, authentic movement, compassionate listening, shared memoir/testimony, restorative justice, public conversation, dreamwork, psychodrama, processes for community truth and reconciliation, and community art.

Community/Ecological Fieldwork Practicum: Tending the Soul of the World
DP 783....... 5 Units
This summer externship helps students to create a bridge from their growing theoretical knowledge of depth and liberation psychologies to cultural and ecological fieldwork that supports psychological and community well-being. Through participatory work in community settings connected to a contemporary cultural, community, or ecological issue that interests them, students explore and practice applications of depth psychology that extend beyond the consulting room.

Foundations for Research in Depth Psychology I
DP 782........ 2 Units
This course introduces students to the distinctive theory and practice of research in depth psychology. Following a consideration of the unique character of depth psychology and of the special demands it places on researchers, students are introduced to both the history of qualitative research and current issues in this field. Students are taught a variety of research methodologies they can put to use immediately in conceiving and writing their course papers, later in conducting their summer fieldwork, and eventually in the most demanding and rewarding academic research task of all, writing a dissertation. Special attention is paid to the psychological dimensions of research, including vocational and transferential elements, as research is explored as a path to both personal and collective healing, integration, and individuation.

Participatory Research
DP 881........ 2 Units
Students are provided with the theoretical perspective and methodological tools to engage in depth psychological community research. This form of research draws on the critical theories of feminist, third world, and indigenous research practices. It requires that the researchers participate collaboratively with those in their research community to foster individual and community self-reflection, knowledge, and empowerment.

Community/Ecological Fieldwork and Research Practicum
DP 883........ 5 Units
In this externship students either return to the site of their original fieldwork or choose a new one. Some fieldwork may involve the student in the ongoing work at that site; some may involve depth psychologically oriented work that is initiated by the student in consultation with members of the community. This summer students also have the option to engage in a pilot piece of research in order to hone the research skills that will assist them in the work of their dissertation. Through deep listening to or dialogue with the community they are working with, research question(s) are generated which may be explored using various phenomenological/heuristic/hermeneutic methodologies and/or participatory action research approaches.

Orientation to Scholarly Research and Publication
DP 812........ 2/3 Unit
Drawing from their coursework and/or community/ecological fieldwork students are introduced to techniques of scholarly research and are guided in choosing the field, topic, and approach to produce a publishable paper to satisfy a doctoral degree requirement. This includes an exploration of options for publishing both online and in print media.

Depth Transformative Practices
DP 997........ 6 Units
Various schools of depth psychology have created therapeutic contexts for personal transformation and/or healing. These practices are dynamically linked to transformative rituals and rites across cultures and through time. The provision of a witness, a guide, or teacher has been seen as essential to the containing vessel for such transformative experiences. During the first two years of the program, students are expected to engage in a minimum of 60 hours of depth transformative practice, within a relational context. Latitude is given to students to choose the form of this practice in accordance with their needs and interests. Examples of such practice may include, but are not limited to, individual depth psychotherapy, group dialogue work, facilitated vision questing, rites of passage, meditation, artistic engagement, or other psycho-spiritual practices.

Research Process

DP 990........ 2 Units
As students approach their dissertation research, this class enables them to practice the research approaches and methodologies they will be using in their own research. A variety of approaches—such as phenomenological, heuristic, ethnographic, hermeneutic, feminist and participatory—are available as students begin to move from their coursework and fieldwork to the engaged research of their dissertation.

Dissertation Development I
DP 932A........ 2/3 Units
This first course in the three-course Dissertation Development sequence provides the framework for implementing a research idea and writing the concept paper, which serves as the basis for the dissertation proposal. The focus of the first course is on working with one’s research topic reflectively, exploring the autobiographical roots of one’s interest in the topic, examining one’s own biases and assumptions, and uncovering the epistemological stances one brings to the work. Students begin drafting the concept paper's Introduction and Statement of Research Problem and Question.

Dissertation Development II
DP 932B........ 2/3 Unit
The second course in this sequence focuses on the relationship between the topic and the method, with students beginning to draft the Methods section of their concept paper. The importance and role of the literature review are discussed, and students begin to draft the Brief Review of Literature section of the concept paper as well. Students will read and research completed dissertations as they continue to hone in on the development of their own.

Dissertation Development III
DP 932C........2/3 Unit
The third course in this sequence focuses on finalizing the concept paper for approval. Issues related to forming a committee will be raised, and students begin approaching potential faculty members who may serve on their committees. Strategies for the timely completion of the dissertation are discussed, and students draw up a plan of action for their summer research writing course and beyond.

Research Writing: Conceiving the Dissertation
DP 933........ 5 Units
For students who do not yet have an approved concept paper, this course provides another opportunity to have their concept paper submitted and approved. Students begin their research in earnest, reading and reviewing the literature for the dissertation proposal.

Dissertation Writing
DP 980........ 15 Units
During this course, students assemble their dissertation committees, write their proposals, complete the dissertation process, and defend their dissertations in a public forum. This course may be taken concurrently with other courses. Additional fees are assessed for this course. Pass/No Pass.