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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.
Dorothy brings a Jungian perspective and experience as an artist to her teaching for the Marion Woodman Foundation, and Pacifica Graduate Institute. Former assistant dean and professor at UCLA, she specialized in group dynamics, interpersonal communication, and leadership development.
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
Frédérique Apffel-Marglin, PhD. is Professor Emerita, Dpt. of Anthropology at Smith College and founded Sachamama Center for Biocultural Regeneration in the Peruvian Upper Amazon in 2009 which she directs. She has spent years in India and Peru working with indigenous peoples and with farmers.
Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D was educated at Smith College, Mills College, the San Francisco Conservatory, Pacifica Graduate Institute and the University of California and holds three master's degrees: one each in music (piano performance), mythological studies and psychology with an emphasis on expressive arts therapy.
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.
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.
Clyde has over 18 years' experience working with child abuse, family peacemaking, trauma, and chemical dependency. Trained in the fields of mindfulness meditation, voice dialogue, and deep soul work, he specializes in conflict resolution for couples and families, the treatment of trauma and chemical dependency, and mentoring men.
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.
Toby is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience in teaching graduate-level courses for 23 years and doing clinical supervision for 18 years. She teaches Basic Introduction to Working with Couples at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Toby previously taught at Antioch University. Her career includes 28 years in private practice.
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.
Christiane Brems, PhD, ABPP, RYT-500, C-IAYT, received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 1987. Dr. Brems is licensed as a psychologist in several US states and board-certified as a clinical psychologist by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).
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.
Shane is the Residential Clinical Supervisor with Aviva Family & Children Services where he participates in a leadership team working to improve community mental health in LA County. He also has a private practice in Beverly Hills, CA where he specializes in ADHD, youth and family services.