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Friday, July 30, 2021
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
This event will be hosted Online via live interactive webinars.
  • You will receive an email with the meeting details 24 hours prior the event.
  • For attending this event, your application fee of $75 will be waived.


Office of Admissions


Are you ready to take the next step?

Friday, July 30, 2021 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Are you ready to take the next step and earn your M.A., Psy.D., or Ph.D. Degree? Due to (COVID-19), Pacifica has decided to transition our scheduled on-campus event and offer a virtual information portal with interactive webinars and virtual breakout sessions with faculty. We welcome you to dive deep while practicing social distancing and learn about our various degree programs in the tradition of Depth Psychology, informed by the teachings of C.G. Jung, Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, James Hillman, and others.

When beginning your journey toward richer knowledge of depth psychology, you may need guidance to decide which program, professors, and place would be the best fit for you. As Pacifica president Joseph Cambray says, “Our Pacifica Experience Days give potential applicants an opportunity for a brief but rich immersion into student life. As Pacifica’s president, I happily welcome attendees, along with our provost. This is followed by a faculty presentation on a topic of broad interest, which replicates the graduate virtual classroom experience.” This gives you the opportunity to experience what it feels like to be in a virtual classroom, having a dialogue with a scholar who has made depth psychology their life’s work.

Pacifica is an accredited graduate school offering degrees in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, the Humanities and Mythological Studies. The Institute has two beautiful campuses nestled between the foothills and the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara. All of Pacifica’s degree programs are offered through low-residential learning sessions that take into account vocational, and life commitments. Students come to Pacifica from diverse backgrounds in pursuit of an expansive array of academic, professional and personal goals.

Pacifica’s $75.00 application fee will be waived for all attendees.

This information day provides an excellent opportunity to:

  • Experience Pacifica’s unique interdisciplinary graduate degree programs through faculty-led, program-specific online information sessions and presentations.
  • Hear from Pacifica alumni about their experience and what they are doing with their degrees.
  • Learn more about admissions procedures and financial aid.
  • Engage in ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the day with Faculty and Alumni via an online information portal.

If you have any questions about this event please contact the Admissions Department at or 805.879.7305.

The Othering of the Mother: Tales from a Global Pandemic
with Jemma Elliot, MA, LMFT, LPCC, Co-Chair of the Counseling Psychology Department

The unrelenting events of the first year of the new decade have taken a toll—from an unforgivably deadly global pandemic, to natural disasters of historic scope and number, to social and political upheaval in the United States that not only brings into question the collective character and moral stability of our nation but simultaneously threatens the very foundation of our hard-won democratic way of life. And at the center of each of these swirling catastrophes are the women, more specifically, the mothers, who represent a large sector of our population but still, in 2021, receive inferior resources, equity, compensation, and recognition. The threat to the physical, mental, and psychological well-being of our mothers is immediate. The potential for the current crises to create long-term negative impacts on mothers, and to further undermine previous progress to improve systemic inequities, is real. As an educator and clinician, my ethical professional responsibilities focus on awareness of dynamics, trends, and concerns impacting the populations I educate and treat, central among them, the mothers. I am worried about the mothers. We should all be worried about the mothers. In this worry, though, my adherence to the application of a depth psychological frame for complex problems such as these offers an outlet for hope, for broadened perspective, and even for meaning making. In this time of an intensely extreme tension of the opposites, might we, as a whole, be able to hold the possibility of a rise in collective consciousness, a re-framing of the feminine, a re-imagining of the archetype of the mother? Might we, as a collective, see potential for the painful alchemical fire to bring, ultimately, transcendence—transformation of systemic misogyny and the relegation of the feminine—a more conscious awareness of the shadow’s work in this realm?

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Live Experience Schedule

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM PT
Welcome with Dr. Joseph Cambray and Dr. Peter Rojcewicz

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM PT
Featured Presentation with Jemma Elliot, MA, LMFT, LPCC

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PT
Degree Program Breakout Sessions

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM PT
Degree Program Breakout Sessions

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PT
Student Services Panel

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

General Information

Pacifica is currently accepting applications for all programs. 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.

This event will be hosted online via interactive webinars.


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