Traditions & Legacies of Depth Psychology Courses

Depth psychology has benefited from diverse cultural traditions. Courses in this part of the program draw upon these various origins in an effort to plumb the conceptual and historical background of depth psychology. This portion of the curriculum grounds students in the psychoanalytic, Jungian, archetypal, and phenomenological lineages of depth psychology. In the spirit of Freud and Jung, students of depth psychology study literature and myth, dreams and the imaginal, alchemy and the sacred.


Introduction to Depth Psychology
DP 730........ 2 Units
The term "depth psychology" evokes many associations and images yet is often difficult to define. In this course we formulate a definition of our field by investigating historical, cultural, and conceptual traditions that shape its identity. Topics include ancient approaches to healing, encounters with the unconscious, and soul-making through literature and mythology.

Freudian Psychology
DP 760........ 2 Units
This course situates some of the key themes of Freud's psychoanalysis within their cultural-historical contexts. The unconscious, transference, and the dream are examined for their original contributions to a way of knowing and being which honors the depth of soul.

Jungian Psychology I
DP 761........ 2 Units
The basic concepts of Jungian psychology such as persona, anima, animus, shadow, the ego-Self axis and others are studied. Attention is brought to the historical, philosophical, psychological, and religious influences acting upon Jung’s psychology. We explore the usefulness of Jungian concepts for understanding inter- and intrapsychic processes, as well as for seeing more deeply into the issues of our time.

DP 780........ 2 Units
Depth psychological approaches to dream theory are studied. We learn and practice a variety of dreamwork methods which draw upon Freudian, Jungian, phenomenological, and archetypal theory. Focus is brought to the notion that dream images are alive, that they are autonomous, embodied beings, engaged in their own activities. We practice ways of interacting with these living images as a way of tending personal, cultural, and archetypal realities.

Depth Psychology and the Mythic Tradition
DP 921........ 2 Units
In this course we learn how mythic images may be used to explore psychic process, see more deeply into contemporary issues, and apprehend archetypal realities. These skills are central to the depth psychologist’s work. Through reading, research, discussion, and enactment, students work with sacred tales from various cultures which open portals into mythic ways of seeing.

Jungian Psychology II
DP 861........ 2 Units

This course builds on Jungian Psychology I and explores aspects of Jung’s psychology in greater depth. Religion, gnosticism, synchronicity, the paranormal, active imagination, and alchemy are a few of the topics that we may examine.

Archetypal Psychology
DP 762........ 2 Units
Archetypal psychology, as envisioned by James Hillman, moves beyond clinical inquiry and locates its identity within the Western imagination, finding affiliation with the arts, culture, and history of ideas. Its central aim is the appreciation and development of soul through the cultivation of the life of the imaginal. We investigate the history and central ideas of this rich psychological perspective, focusing on concepts such as archetype, image, seeing-through, and the soul of the world, anima mundi.

The Hermeneutic and Phenomenological Traditions
DP 991........ 2 Units

This course introduces students to two broad philosophical traditions, hermeneutics and phenomenology, that underlie the theory and practice of research in depth psychology. Historical, conceptual, and methodological foundations of both traditions are examined. Critical problems and conundrums in the theory and practice of hermeneutics and phenomenology are addressed, as well as cultural and ethical perspectives and implications.

Depth Psychology and the Sacred
DP 920........ 2 Units

When Jung said that all psychological problems are essentially religious problems, he was calling attention to the spiritual function of the psyche. In this course we examine the psyche’s capacity for sacred experience as it finds expression in religion, ritual, and encounters with the numinosum.

Alchemy and the Mystery Traditions
DP 833........ 2 Units
Jungian and archetypal psychologists have turned to alchemy and mystery traditions from many cultures to explore movements that ushered consciousness into hidden realms beyond the ego. Individuation, a Jungian concept, allows us to learn about analogous rituals and processes from past and contemporary cultures. As students of psyche, we explore how a comparative study of ritual, alchemy and the mystery traditions enrich our understanding and imagination of transformation in psychological work.

Literary and Poetic Imagination
DP 831........ 2 Units

Literature can be seen as a window into the personal, cultural, historical, and archetypal domains of the psyche. Using depth psychological and mythopoetic lenses, students approach selected readings in classic and modern literature in order to experience, appreciate, and cultivate the imaginal realms of both individual and collective life.

Imaginal Ways of Knowing
DP 882........ 2 Units
Depth psychologists are known for their ability to use the gifts of imagination and bring fresh perspectives to research, therapeutic practice, and concerned action in the world. This course explores research methodologies as imaginal constructs, and examines the special knowledge obtainable from dreams, reverie, images, active imagination, aesthetic sensibility, communications of the body, and related modes of experiencing. Students have an opportunity to enter into imaginal ways of knowing through a series of demonstrations and class presentations.