Pacifica Experience - August 25th, 2018


Saturday, August 25, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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The $35 registration fee includes all of the day’s activities and lunch.


Office of Admissions

805.969.3626 ext: 305

Experience Pacifica

Saturday, August 25th from 10:00am-4:00pm

Join us for a One-Day Introduction to Pacifica’s graduate degree programs in Depth Psychology, Humanities and Mythological Studies. The event offers prospective graduate students a comprehensive introduction and orientation to the distinctive educational features of the Institute.

This Introduction provides an excellent opportunity to:

  • Experience Pacifica’s unique interdisciplinary graduate degree programs through faculty-led, program-specific information sessions and presentations.
  • Hear from Pacifica students and alumni about their experiences and career outcomes.
  • Explore the grounds of the Ladera Lane campus.
  • Learn more about the admissions process & financial aid.

The $35 registration fee includes all of the day’s activities and lunch. Pacifica’s $75 application fee will be waived for all attendees.

If you have any questions about this event please contact the Admissions Department at or 805-969-3626 ext: 305.

Pacifica's Lambert Campus
Pacifica's Lambert Campus
Pacifica's Lambert Campus
Pacifica's Lambert Campus

Featured Presentation

Archetypal Character Styles

Character, Heraclitus writes, is destiny. But how do we make sense of psychological forces so strong that they shape a life? The Jungian tradition elaborates the role of archetype in formation of a self, emphasizing what primal energies form the foundation of our sense of self. Psychoanalytic traditions focus on the role of defenses, and hence the aspects of human experience which cannot be borne. In this illustrated talk, Dr. Bennett explores a psychological map of human experience which represents a typology encompassing both Jungian and psychoanalytic sensibilities, including the Sensitive, Imperial, Radiant, and Penitent Types.

Matthew BennetMatthew is a licensed clinical psychologist, lecturer, and administrator with experience in public sector mental health and substance abuse treatment. He has broad experience in program development. He was formerly founder and first Director of Training for the Ventura County Behavioral Health Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology and Chair-Elect of the Psychology Department at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California. His research interests include personality disorders, comparative personality theory, and internet applications for mental health. Dr. Bennett is also a returned Peace Corps volunteer (“Poland III, 1991-1993”).

Friday Evening Salon

Negotiating Internal Democracy with Christopher Bollas Ph.D.

Friday, August 24th from 7:00pm-9:00pm | $10.00 Fee

This lecture will focus on the challenges faced by psychotherapists and psychologically-minded persons in our current social and political era. How do psychoanalysts, analytical psychologists, depth psychologists—people whose predicate is based on the reflective self—work within a social milieu in which thoughtfulness itself seems at the least annoying and at worst a threat by many to the body politic? We will review the “long wave” of intellectual climate change from the mid-19th century to our time, as well as the “short wave” changes initiated by the explosions in venture capital, social media, and the mesmerizing effect of android anticipation.

Christopher Bollas Christopher Bollas graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with a degree in history.  He studied intellectual history with Carl Schorske, American history with Kenneth Stampp, political theory with Sheldon Wolin, and psychoanalytical studies with Frederick Crews and Alan Dundes.  He gained a PhD at the University of Buffalo in English literature where he studied with Norman Holland, Leslie Fiedler, Rene Girard, Michel Foucault, Robert Hass, and Angus Fletcher. He has been visiting lecturer at the University of Buffalo, the University of East Anglia, Brunel University and was Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts from 1983-87. He has been Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis at the University of Rome from 1978-1999. He trained in psychoanalysis at the Institute of Psychoanalysis in London and in Adult Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic in London. His first book The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known was published in 1987  and his most recent work When The Sun Burst: The Enigma of Schizophrenia was published by Yale in 2015. He is the author of many works of non fiction, three novels, and five plays. Two books have been written on his work: The Vitality of Object :Exploring the Work of Christopher Bollas edited by Joseph Scalia (Continuum, Wesleyan, 2002) and The Metapsychology of Christopher Bollas: An Introduction by Sarah Nettleton (Routledge, 2016). His works have been published in Swedish, Danish, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew, Turkish, Romanian, Ukranian, and Serbian. He has been described by The Townsend Center (UC-Berkeley) in 2016 as “the most influential psychoanalyst writing in English today”, by Al-Haaretz in 2010 as “one of the two most important living theoreticians in the world of psychoanalysis” and by Adam Phillips as “the most evocative psychoanalytic writer we have”.

Register for the Friday Salon

General Information

Pacifica is currently accepting applications for select programs for a Fall 2018 start date. You can conveniently apply online here. For all questions regarding program information and enrollment please contact the Admissions Department, 805.879.7305 or email Thank you for considering Pacifica Graduate Institute for your graduate degree.

Ladera Lane Campus: 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Lunch on the day of the Pacifica Experience is provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the day. Pacifica’s caterers make every attempt to provide healthful meals for our guests and include organic ingredients whenever possible.

On-Campus Lodging
On-Campus Ladera Lodging Form

Local Hotels
Best Western Plus
Holiday Inn Express & Suite

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 north of the Campus. Please reach out to the admissions staff if you need any information about ground transportation to and from Santa Barbara.

It is the policy of Pacifica Graduate Institute to accommodate attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Please let us know in advance if you have special needs or require assistance due to a disabling condition while you are attending a public program. If you are accompanied by a service dog, please contact Disability Services directly (805.679.6125), as all animals visiting campus must have pre-approval. For additional information regarding Pacifica’s policies, visit Pacifica’s Disability Services web page.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact the Office of Admissions at 805.879.7305.