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Stephen is Chancellor Emeritus, founding President of Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Ex-Officio Board of Trustees member. He is a professor of depth psychology with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a credentialed public school teacher and counselor. He has served as an organizational consultant to companies and agencies worldwide, and teaches extensively.
Bayo Akomolafe is globally recognised for his poetic, unconventional, counterintuitive, and indigenous take on global crisis, civic action, activism and social change. He is an international speaker, poet and activist for a radical paradigm shift in consciousness and current ways of living.
Ronald A. Alexander, PhD, MFT, SEP (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner) is a psychotherapist, leadership coach, and clinical trainer in the fields of Somatic Trauma Healing Therapies, Mindfulness Meditation, Transformational Leadership and Core Creativity.
Avrom is Professor and Core Faculty in the Counseling Psychology Program. He served as Associate Chair, Director of Research, Research Associate, Clinical Coordinator, and member of the Counseling Psychology Program Development Committee. Avrom also served as the President of the Academic Senate and member of the Senate Leadership Committee. Avrom is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Therapist, and teaches the Gurdjieff Work and Gurdjieff Movements internationally.
For more than 30 years Hooker has utilized his training and expertise in Conflict Transformation by serving as mediator, community builder, scholar, and advocate. Hooker's primary focus is in the transformation of multi-party disputes and post conflict community reconciliation, especially those conflicts where race, class, religion, and other socially constructed variables significantly impact the disputed context. He also has both practice and academic interests in the interruption of the multi-generationa
Dr. Gina Subia Belton PhD is an alumna from Pacifica Graduate Institute and psychology faculty in the PhD Psychology program at Saybrook University where she also teaches in both the Transformative Social Change and Mind Body Medicine programs. Raised in California by generations of Elders and Ancestors, long before “the border crossed them”, her Chicanx and Mescalero Apache identity is alive in Mezistaje consciousness, grounding her ethnothanatological research and decolonial praxis.
Matthew 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”).
Patricia has been active in the Jungian world for nearly half a century, serving on faculties and boards of training institutions. She is one of the founders of Archetypal Psychology and is the author of Echo’s Subtle Body: A Contribution to Archetypal Psychology. Other more recent articles include: “Image in Motion,” “Rules of Thumb,” and “A Little Light.” In 1991 she was the first Scholar in Residence at Pacifica.
Allen is a licensed psychologist, certified psychoanalyst, and performing concert pianist. Dr. Bishop served for 10 years as Chair of the Clinical Psychology program. He has been a leader in the Santa Barbara psychoanalytic community for over 31 years and is a training and a former supervising Analyst at the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) in Los Angeles.
Kesstan is a psychologist and psychosocial researcher specializing in dementia for the Dartmouth Centers for Health & Aging, Dartmouth College, Lebanon NH. Dr. Blandin provides clinical lectures and training in dementia, consultations to families, and designs therapeutic research interventions. As a scholar and researcher, her interests are in structures of self and identity in consciousness as correlated with brain functions, body-mind relationships, humanistic-existential psychology.
Barbara is currently Adjunct Faculty teaching Directed Research. and Career Development Theory and Techniques. Over the years she has taught the Process of Psychotherapy, Career Development, and Clinical Practice, and has advised on thesis production. In her private practice she focuses on neuropsychological and depth approaches to healing the emotional aftermath of Trauma as well as resolving mysterious long-standing embodied trauma.
Dr. Brewster is a Core Faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Department at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Prior to beginning in this capacity she served for five years as Adjunct Faculty working within the Depth, Archetypal and Jungian Psychology (DJA), and Depth Psychotherapy Departments (DPT), while maintaining a New York City private practice.
James has over forty years of experience in providing mental health services to individuals with serious mental illness. Jim was the Mental Health Director in two California counties for nearly twenty years (Shasta and Santa Barbara) and developed an APA approved pre-doctoral Internship program in Clinical psychology in Shasta County.
Having receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and the History of Western Ideas, Dr. Brooks pursued his Master’s Degree in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology from Duquesne University where he earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2003. While under the supervision and mentorship of a well-respected Object-Relations Analyst in Pittsburgh, he developed an expertise treating treatment resistant cases of anxiety, depression, personality disorders. His dissertation research utilized discourse analysis to examine the therapeutic treatment relationship as the matrix for personal change and transformation.
Carol is an independent scholar, mentor and teacher specializing in archetypal, mythic and indigenous approaches to exploring the stories that shape our identities, experiences, expectations, erformances and roles, from the world of the arts to leadership studies, organizational and social change movements. She has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University's Performance Studies Department (1998), and MA in Creative Writing/English from Boston University (1984).
Joseph is CEO-President at Pacifica. He is also past President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology; he has served as the U.S. Editor for the Journal of Analytical Psychology and is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Analytical Psychology, The Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, and Israel Annual of Psychoanalytic Theory, Research and Practice.
Patricia is founder and director of Capacitar International, a projectin multicultural wellness education that focuses on personal and societal healing and transformation. For 23 years, Pat has worked with thousands of grassroots and professionals throughout 35 countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, utilizing a popular education approach to trauma healing in areas affected by poverty, disasters, and domestic and political violence.
Marybeth is a nationally-recognized leader in the work to end interpersonal and community-based violence. She has worked for over thirty years toward the prevention and intervention of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and stalking through policy and services.
Ed Casey is Distinguished Visiting Faculty at Pacifica. He is also Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at SUNY, Stony Brook, where he was chairperson of the department for ten years. He was the president of the American Philosophical Association (Eastern Division) from 2009-10, and the John Dewey Lecturer at the APA in 2015.
Jane is an Adjunct Faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she teaches in the Counseling Psychology Program. Courses taught include Career Development, Human Sexuality, Psychological Assessment, and Psychopharmacology. Ms. Castillón has guest lectured at Pacifica and Antioch University for special programs emphasizing multicultural awareness and supervision.