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Dissertation Oral Defenses


Candidate: Rose Marie Rutherford Date: September 1, 2015 Time: 2:00 pm

Much has been written about shame and depression and its importance for affecting change in clinical work with clients. Recent literature has suggested the importance of clarifying the role of shame as a predictor of depressive symptoms. In light of this work, this investigation hypothesized that the participants with depression would score higher on the…


Candidate: Sharon Anne Wallace Date: September 1, 2015 Time: 10:00 am

This study explores the experience of soul connection through Irish music, from the comforts of feeling at home to the other-worldliness of metaphorically magical encounters. Previous psychological studies involving music have tended to focus on the listener’s experience and clinical applications, often emphasizing classical music or song lyrics. This inquiry focuses on the musician’s experience…


Candidate: Brandon Jacob Hill Date: August 30, 2015 Time: 1:30 pm

Objective: In this study the researcher examined the psychological mindset of men who have killed in combat and specifically the mental process that allowed them to do so. Additionally, this study examines killing from a Jungian perspective. Method: Grounded Theory Method provided the structure to examine ten written accounts of men who experienced combat and…


Candidate: Carol Ann Quinlivan Date: August 28, 2015 Time: 1:00 pm

Depth psychologist C.G. Jung bemoaned the loss of imagination within religion. Jung’s mystical experience was far too deep and intense to be captured in any language other than that of the soul. Rather than striving for an exact or literal meaning, the soul delights in plurality as well as multiple levels of understanding, and realizations.…


Candidate: Michael Petrow Date: August 27, 2015 Time: 5:00 pm

This study explores the exegetical methodology of the early Christian philosopher Origen of Alexandria, and re-introduces him as a vital guide for the interpretation of the ongoing personal myth written in the living human documents of every soul. Origen utilizes a three-tiered exegetical strategy, interpreting meaning first at the literal level—with both historical and religious…


Candidate: Michael J. Mullard Date: August 24, 2015 Time: 12:00 pm

This study utilized a Grounded Theory methodology to investigate the positive and negative impact of silence in the therapeutic dyad. Thirteen licensed psychotherapists of different theoretical traditions related their experiences of using silence as a clinical tool to increase patient contact with unconscious affect needing to be expressed and integrated. Investigation centered on both the…


Candidate: Omyda Heather Hernandez Date: August 20, 2015 Time: 11:30 am

This study sought to contribute to the body of cross-cultural and multicultural psychology literature by embarking on a qualitative exploration of how health and illness are conceptualized and treated from an Amerindian indigenous shamanic perspective. Utilizing Charmaz’s (2006) grounded theory methodology, a conceptual theory of indigenous shamanic healing interventions and their mechanisms of efficacy was…


Candidate: Cherlyn Heather Tee Jones Date: August 19, 2015 Time: 5:30 pm

The purpose of this artistic self-case study is to explore how the role of the soldier might be transformed from service in war to service for community, via creative exploration of the archetypal figures, Warrior and Shaman. With this in mind, a creative and introspective method was tested for its efficacy in generating new images…


Candidate: Traci Grundland Date: August 19, 2015 Time: 1:30 pm

The purpose of this study was to investigate and understand MDMA-assisted psychotherapy from its early days to its current use in FDA approved studies. By utilizing a Consensual Qualitative Research (CQR) method to analyze the data for this study, the team sought to shed light on the main findings of the research. The participants were…


Candidate: Ellen K. Wilson Date: July 31, 2015 Time: 4:00 pm

The methodology for this work uses a psychological and phenomenological approach to listening, which emphasizes noticing affects and gestures as intimations of felt meaning in the researcher as she engages in the work. The initiating intimation called for listening into Western relatedness to mathematics across three significant discoveries in the history of Western mathematics: ancient…


Candidate: Erin Lindvall Date: July 31, 2015 Time: 12:30 pm

This research investigated the potential for healing grief within Winnicott’s transitional or potential space, constellated within the therapeutic container, by utilizing physical objects left behind after the loss of a significant other. The study employed a qualitative narrative research approach in gathering data on two participants who were grieving the loss of a loved one…


Candidate: Laura Delano Marshall Date: July 28, 2015 Time: 6:30 pm

For centuries Western sensibilities have been governed by an assumption that imagination is an exclusively human faculty, independent of the phenomenal world. This dissertation explores a view, long elaborated in mythologies and artistic traditions of pre-modern cultures, that phenomenal reality is the template of imagination, that terrestrial and celestial elemental forces are continuous with the…


Candidate: Ward Alan Robak Date: July 28, 2015 Time: 1:00 pm

This study explores how analytic Jungian psychology in dialogue with the myth of Persephone and Hades and the Hellenistic Mystery religions expand our knowledge of the intrapsychic and interpsychic processes that arise when marital couples live with mysticism. The research defines mysticism as an internal–introspective and social–contextual process involving transformative practices, self-transcendence, and consciousness of…


Candidate: Nadine Macaluso Date: July 26, 2015 Time: 3:00 pm

This qualitative phenomenological study explored the experiences of people with relational trauma in NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), a somatically based psychotherapy. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach of depth psychotherapy, neuroscience, attachment, and somatic therapy, the literature review examined the multifaceted impact of relational trauma and the mechanisms of implicit memory and somatic psychotherapy. The literature review…


Candidate: Mary A. Wood Date: July 26, 2015 Time: 12:30 pm

Art serves many purposes in Western society; however, its most profound contributions are largely being forgotten. Today’s artists are confronted by two dominant trends; the first proposes that anything may be called art, that everyone may create “art.” The second trend would restrict art to an increasingly elite realm of insiders and specialists. Both directions,…


Candidate: Merille Campbell Glover Date: July 26, 2015 Time: 10:00 am

Despite thirty years’ of research findings demonstrating gender-symmetry in heterosexual Partner Abuse (also known as domestic violence), the criminal justice system, treatment profession, social safety net and the media rarely acknowledge that female-on-male Partner Abuse (PA) is as serious an issue as male-on-female Partner Abuse, or, more critically, an issue at all. This misandrist bias…


Candidate: Leslie Stoupas Date: July 23, 2015 Time: 4:00 pm

This study argues that the veneration, romanticization and projection of the feminine in depth psychology is problematic. Depth psychology claims that the masculine and feminine principles exist as archetypes in the collective unconscious. It also claims that these principles are not attached to men and women, yet it coopts imagery that represents the principles in…


Candidate: Encountering the Minotaur: Archetypal Reflections from a Former Alternative High School Teacher Date: July 21, 2015 Time: 2:00 pm

This inquiry follows several threads: Adolescence as an archeytpal complex; manifestations of trauma and countertransferential responses in the alternative high school classroom; and resistances to self-transformation, the hallmark of heuristic self-search inquiry. Guiding questions address the necessary, ethical, and compassionate practice of honoring a mythopoetic approach and the imaginal field in the alternative high school…


Candidate: Julia J. Lanham Date: July 20, 2015 Time: 2:00 pm

It began disguised as the personal myth Julia had concocted for herself. Let me press this further. What it was, what it is, and the idea of what the inquiry will become along the way back into our world is a response to the specific questions life has addressed to Julia and her “houses of…


Candidate: Crystal C. Ramirez Date: July 17, 2015 Time: 2:00 pm

Two of the hallmark symptoms for psychoses are hallucinations and delusions, indicating to mental health practitioners that the person is experiencing a form of nonconsensual reality. These patients are not given the same opportunities to collaborate in the planning for their treatment as those who are being treated for other conditions. Psychosis is a condition…