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Friday, January 28, 2022
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, January 28, 2022 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.

Learning to Transgress: How to Learn with Affect/Vividness, Critical Mind and Relational Care
with Dr. Oksana Yakushko, Core Faculty, Clinical Psychology Department

In her “Teaching to Transgress” bell hooks claimed that “the classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy” and that “education was about the practice of freedom.” Her talk will focus on highlighting how the depth psychological traditions, whether they were grounded in Freud, Jung, Hillman, Gimbutas, Campbell, or Friere, remain to be the radical traditions of resistance to academic and cultural norms of past and present-day mainstream sciences. In this presentation, you will also be invited to hear about educational opportunities that invite you to transgress by learning about these histories, and psychologies of resistance; about reclaiming the myths of old; about becoming attuned to the ways that mainstream psychologies and its ‘histories” have demonized and Otherized divergent human experiences (e.g., eugenics, social Darwinism, theories of behavioral control); and about exploring radical traditions of deeply human relational care toward individuals and communities. In consort with bell hooks, you will be welcomed to feel deeply into your educational and vocational aspirations rather than relegating your life choices to supposedly empirically validated (rational) paths of what you are supposed to do and to be.
Dr. Oksana Yakushko is the former chair and present-day professor in the clinical psychology department at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is an author of nearly 100 peer review scholarly articles, book chapters, and books. Her initial scholarship focused on xenophobia, trafficking, and multicultural qualitative psychology. For her work in these areas, she was named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and received top awards from the field including the 2021 Leadership award in Psychology of Women from the APA. Her current work turned to the centrality of eugenics, social Darwinism, and their foundational influences on oppressive ideologies, epistemologies, and worldview in Western psychology that stress prediction, testing, thought/behavior control, enforced positivity, patriarchal religiosity, and superiority/inferiority determinations among human beings and human communities. She also writes on histories of witch-hunts as foundational to the Enlightenment fantasies of psychological goodness and badness that remain influential in Western psychological canons. Her work on eugenics was pivotal in the recently released Apology on Racism by the American Psychological Association. In addition to her scholarly and activist work on these issues, she is a trained psychoanalyst (with a focus on critical and decolonial traditions) and a practicing psychologist in Santa Barbara.

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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 Dr Mary Antonia Wood

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.