Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices
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An innovative doctoral specialization that re-imagines approaches to therapeutic practice, enhances and supports the individuation work of students, and integrates the essential perspectives of depth psychology and applied healing traditions.Request More Information
Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices
About Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices
This doctoral specialization cultivates an integrative approach to professional development in the art and science of therapeutic practice. Working with leading faculty, Pacifica students engage in a journey of personalized education that fosters advanced therapeutic skills and practices, and which supports them in making important and original scholarly contributions to their fields.
For established and emerging practitioners, we invite you to join a diverse group of academic and practice-oriented professionals who are called to deepen their therapeutic work through an integrative study of healing based on the visionary aspects of depth psychology. Become a part of a learning community focused on exploring the critical connections between psychology, spirituality, and healing.
We welcome students with a deep personal calling to their therapeutic work, individuals with profound curiosity about themselves and the world, and lifelong learners devoted to a transformative engagement with the numinous, the psyche, and the natural world.
In three-day residential learning retreats surrounded by the natural landscape of Pacifica’s Lambert campus, students and faculty work together to integrate essential healing traditions and contemporary research—drawing from indigenous and ancient practices, multicultural and contemporary perspectives, and emerging science on human experience and consciousness.
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For Diverse Practitioners
The Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices requires master’s-level education and training in a distinct healing-oriented profession. The program is ideal for diverse practitioners in the following professions, including (partial list):
- Psychotherapists and Psychologists
- Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, and Professional Counselors (licensed or pre-licensed)
- Health and Medical Professionals (Nursing, Physicians, Allied Health Providers)
- Jungian Analysts and Psychoanalysts
- Specialized Addiction and Treatment Counselors
- Expressive Arts Therapists
- Spiritual and Pastoral Counselors
- Health and Wellness Practitioners with Advanced Training
- Other Qualified Consultants and Counselors
Students develop important mentoring relationships with Pacifica’s unique faculty of clinicians and scholars that include: Jungian analysts, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, psychodynamic therapists, systems therapists, archetypal psychologists, spiritual counselors, health and medical professionals, and advanced scholars in research, mythology, and the humanities.
This academic specialization includes two and a half years of coursework, followed by writing an original dissertation emanating from the student’s own selected area of research interest. Students in this program:
- Join an advanced doctoral cohort of diverse professionals collaborating and deepening their work with clients and themselves.
- Explore the growing field of depth psychological research and develop perspectives that help address the critical needs of our world.
- Develop a greater capacity to work symbolically with images, dreams, symptoms, complexes, and synchronicity.
- Work towards becoming advanced practitioners, academic educators, supervisors, or scholarly researchers in the field.
- Examine the critical underpinnings of therapeutic processes and the broad range of theoretical approaches to mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
- Build mentoring relationships with distinguished faculty and experts devoted to supporting students in deepening their practice and their individuation journey.
- Study the works of leading scholars who have bridged psychological, cultural, mythological, historical, and social traditions to advance broader understandings of human experience.
- Develop advanced skills in important practice areas, such as somatic healing, sexuality, dream work, and spirituality.
- Investigate the important connections between the health of an individual or group and the health of their environment and culture through courses that consider ecology, collective trauma, social justice, and cross-cultural dynamics.
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Education Assistance The Education Assistance Scholarship is sponsored by Pacifica Graduate Institute and offered to new and returning students based on extreme financial hardship and strong academic excellence. Awards are made annually at the beginning of each academic year. The award is $1,000 to be equally divided over the academic year. This scholarship is not renewable, and students must apply each academic year. Students enrolled in the PhD and PsyD Dissertation phase of their programs are not eligible for scholarship consideration.
Yellow Ribbon Matching Scholarship Pacifica Graduate Institute is pleased to announce that we have entered into an agreement with the Veteran’s Administration in support of veterans continuing their education under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Pacifica has agreed to provide up to ten Yellow Ribbon Scholarships each year for qualifying veterans under the Post 9/11 GI Bill on a first-come first-serve basis. Students in the M.A. Counseling program will qualify for up to $6,500 per year, M.A. Engaged Humanities and Creative Life will qualify for up to $5,400 per year, and those in the doctoral programs will qualify for up to $7,800 per year.
C.G. and Emma Jung Scholarship Offered to newly admitted students entering into the Ph.D. Depth Psychology with Specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices. Average awards range from $2,000-$3,000. The number and amount of individual awards is contingent upon the number of eligible applications received. This scholarship is renewable provided recipients meet the required grade point average.
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Chair & Faculty
The faculty of Pacifica’s doctoral program in Depth Psychology with specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices are leaders in the field: authors of international acclaim, renowned lecturers, Jungian analysts, clinical psychologists, registered nurses, and philosophers. Each brings a passion for education and decades of real-world experience into the classroom.
Students matriculating in the Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practice in fall 2023 will come to campus for 3 weekend residential sessions each quarter (fall winter, spring) for their first year of coursework. In their second and third years, residential sessions will take place once each quarter for five days from Monday through Friday. The web-enhanced learning components occur throughout the program. There will be no summer quarters.
This curriculum may vary depending upon changing academic needs. Selected courses may have online components. The required two-year dissertation period, following coursework, focuses on scholarly research and writing.
The program will also feature a series of special seminars and lectures on a range of important practice areas, such as: Addictions, Dream Tending, Family Systems Theories, Sexuality and Gender, Organizational and Group Dynamics, Jung and Shamanism, Expressive and Therapeutic.
Arts, Healing Mythologies, Sociopolitical Contexts and Cultural Complexes, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Wellness, Shadow and Power in the Healing Professions, The Meaning of Integration, Evolution of Jungian Analysis, James Hillman’s Cultural Critique of Psychology, Alternative Healing Arts, Inner Life and Trauma, Somatic and Implicit Processes, Jung’s Red Book, Indigenous Healing Traditions, Treating the Soul in the Health and Medical Professions, Yoga Therapy, Therapeutic Vocations and Careers, and other current issues and movements influencing the healing professions.
22 Total units for first year | 24.5 Total units for second year | 12.50 Total units for third year
Total program units: 74 Units (59 Units in coursework, 15 Units in dissertation)
- Imaginal and Experiential Dimensions of Therapeutic Practice - DPT 962, 2 units
- Cultural Dimensions of Psychological Life: Engaging Collective Trauma, Cultural Healing, and Social Justice - DPT 830, 2 units
- Archetypal Psychology: Re-Visioning Approaches to the Psyche - DPT 762, 1.5 unit
- Selected Topics I - DPT 974, 1 unit
- Dissertation Development I: Imagination, Calling, and Rigor in Doctoral Scholarship - DPT 832, 2 units
- Healing Narratives: Writing Compelling Practice Studies and Client Stories - DPT 785, 2 units
- The Relational Field I: Theoretical Distinctions and Expanded Paradigms - DPT 763, 1.5 unit
- Practice Consultation Groups I - DPT 750, 1.5 unit
- Body, Mind, and Soul in the Healing of Trauma: Somatic, Neurological, and Archetypal Approaches - DPH 975, 2 units
- Advanced Dissertation Development - DPH 944, 2 units
- Working with Illness and Death: East-West, Depth, and Indigenous Perspectives on Suffering - DPH 894, 2 units
- Practice Consultation Groups V - DPH 852, 1.5 unit
Requirements for Graduation
Requirements for Graduation
- Students must complete a total of 74 quarter units to fulfill the degree requirement for graduation.
- A minimum grade of “C” is required in each completed course.
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained.
- Students must comply with attendance requirements as stated in the Student Handbook.
- Students must successfully pass a comprehensive written examination at the end of the second year of coursework.
- Students must successfully present a Control Paper describing their therapeutic or depth-oriented practice work with a particular client, family, or select group to two faculty members during the third year of practice consultation courses.
- Students must successfully complete a comprehensive oral presentation at the end of two and a half years of coursework.
- Students must write, submit, and defend an original dissertation accepted by the faculty.
- Students are required to take part in 50 hours of depth-oriented therapy, counseling, analysis, or an engaged self-reflective process with a provider in their field while enrolled. This is required for graduation and strongly recommended to support students in their educational experience in the program.
The Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices is designed specifically for those who, before enrolling, already are licensed or have sufficient academic and other credentials to pursue their chosen professional practice in compliance with applicable guidelines and regulations within their jurisdiction. The degree provides in-depth education in theory, applied contexts, and related-research contexts. Unlike the counseling and clinical doctoral programs at Pacifica Graduate Institute which have developed curricula and clinical training support for those wishing to sit for licensure exams to become psychologists, this specialized depth psychology program does not arrange, authorize, monitor, or supervise practice for licensure purposes.
The comprehensive examination consists of a written portion taken at the end of the second year and an oral portion taken at the end of the third year. The written exam is divided into three sections corresponding to the three study tracks of the specialization: Theory and Traditions of Depth Therapy; Psychology; Therapy, Counseling, and Healing Practices Informed by the Humanities, Arts, and
Sciences; and Integrated Praxis: Research and Applied Contexts. It is designed to assess knowledge gained in the first two years of coursework and serves as a qualifying exam for students before continuing into the third year of study. Students in the Integrative Therapy & Healing Practices specialization who have successfully completed at least 29 units of Ph.D. coursework and who are in good standing are eligible to complete the written comprehensive examination. The third year oral examination consists of the student’s formal oral presentation addressing the ways the program hasinformed their work and their proposed dissertation topic.
During the third year applied presentation series, each student presents a control paper that demonstrates their applied work and the ability to synthesize a variety of appropriate therapeutic and/or healing arts perspectives while maintaining their own unique style of practice.
The dissertation process involves the completion of all coursework in research methodologies, dissertation development, and dissertation writing. Requirements and procedures for enrolling in dissertation writing are detailed in the Dissertation Handbook. The Dissertation Committee is composed of a Chair, a Reader, and an External Reader. Each committee member must possess an earned doctorate based in part on a dissertation unless the Research Coordinator for the specialization waives this requirement.
The curriculum may vary depending upon changing academic needs. Selected courses may have online components. The required two-year dissertation period, following coursework, focuses on scholarly research and writing.
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*Pacifica does not provide the supervision of practice hours that may be required for licensure or any similar purpose. Students must provide for their own insurance coverage for professional liability. This curriculum does not contain any license-specific coursework and should not be considered as helpful in that regard. Furthermore, although students will engage in some form of therapeutic practice while in this specialization, and may consult with faculty about their practice, Pacifica does not authorize, monitor, or supervise that practice for licensure purposes, nor do we arrange or administratively support traineeships, pre- or post-doctoral internships, or other licensing practice requirements. The curriculum may vary depending upon changing academic needs. Selected courses may have online components. The required two-year dissertation period, following coursework, focuses on scholarly research and writing.