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Stand Up!: An Interview with Connie Alexander, President of Santa Barbara’s NAACP, Part II of II

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Connie Alexander-Boaitey is the co-founder of Gateway Educational Services, advocating for Santa Barbara’s underserved students through education. She is also the current president of the Santa Barbara NAACP. On April 20th, the NAACP is holding the “Black Women’s Health Equity Conference”  in Santa Barbara, a free event for Black women from Santa Barbara, Ventura, Santa Maria & Lompoc. PGI President & CEO Dr. Leonie H. Mattison will be speaking at and participating in the conference. We’re delighted to hear more about Connie’s work in Part I of II of this interview, which is part of the Pacifica Soul Promise Series.

Stand Up!: An Interview with Connie Alexander, President of Santa Barbara’s NAACP, Part I of II

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Connie Alexander-Boaitey is the co-founder of Gateway Educational Services, advocating for Santa Barbara’s underserved students through education. She is also the current president of the Santa Barbara NAACP. On April 20th, the NAACP is holding the “Black Women’s Health Equity Conference”  in Santa Barbara, a free event for Black women from Santa Barbara, Ventura, Santa Maria & Lompoc. PGI President & CEO Dr. Leonie H. Mattison will be speaking at and participating in the conference. We’re delighted to hear more about Connie’s work in Part I of II of this interview, which is part of the Pacifica Soul Promise Series.

The Forgotten Child: An Interview with Juliet Rohde-Brown, PH.D.

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Juliet Rohde-Brown, Ph.D., is the Chair for the Depth Psychology: Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices doctoral specialization program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and a mentor to many. She will be teaching the Pacifica Extension course, “Shadow and Society: The Forgotten Child in Collective Contexts,” on April 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2024. The class will be offered live on Zoom.

Trailblazers, Renegades, and Mystics: Pacifica Extension Presents a Free Seminar Series on Trailblazing Women

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Gather a hundred people in a room and ask them to name a woman who they admire, and you will likely get a hundred different answers. Ask a Pacifica scholar to do the same, and you have Pacifica Extensions “Trailblazers, Renegades and Mystics” Series, featuring PGI faculty members delving into the lives of extraordinary women who have shaped history. In this thought-provoking, five-part series, Mary Wood, David Odorisio, Camille Harris, Emily Lord-Kambitsch, and Dylan Hoffman offer a depth psychological snapshot of trail-blazing women. These half-hour long talks, available free on Pacifica’s YouTube channel, illuminate the complexities, contributions and relevance of these women’s lives and work for the contemporary challenges we face today.

Psilocybin and Depth Psychology: An Interview with Caroline Anton

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Caroline Anton is a third-year student in our Counseling Psychology Program, who was one of four students who was awarded a scholarship through Pacifica Extension and Student Services to attend Pacifica’s “Individuation and Psychedelics Conversations with Jungian Analysts” conference, which was held Dec 15-17, 2023. We’re delighted to speak with Caroline about the conference and also her professional experience prior to coming to Pacifica.

The Quality of Her Presence: An Interview with Pat Katsky, Ph.D.

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Patricia O. Katsky is a core faculty member of the Specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices and was formerly provost at Pacifica. We’re delighted to speak with her about her experiences in becoming a therapist and also about her years of service at Pacifica.

Pacifica Celebrates International Women’s Day & National Women’s Month

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At Pacifica, we choose to honor women every day of the year, and to invite inclusivity always. But as Women’s History Month and March 8’s International Women’s Day invite us to highlight the contributions of women and encourage inclusivity, we wanted to focus on something near to our hearts and minds, which is “Women Making History in Depth Psychology.”

Writing Down the Soul: An Archetypal and Mythological Approach to Memoir Writing with Maureen Murdock, Ph.D.

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Maureen Murdock is the author of the best-selling book, The Heroine’s Journey, which explores the rich territory of the feminine psyche. She was also the Chair and Core Faculty of the MA Counseling Psychology Program at Pacifica. She will be co-teaching Pacifica Extension’s “Writing Down the Soul: An Archetypal and Mythological Approach to Memoir Writing” with Jennifer Selig March 23, 2024 – December 8th, 2024

Teen Forward: An Interview with Dr. Myka Hanson

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As part of Pacifica Graduate Institute’s observance of World Teen Mental Wellness Day, we are delighted to be speaking with Dr. Myka Hanson, a PGI alumni who is the founder of Teen Forward.

A Bittersweet Weave of Survival and Purpose: An Interview with Dr. Indhushree Rajan about Project Satori and Healing from Human Trafficking

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Dr. Rajan is a graduate of Pacifica’s M.A./Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Depth Psychology as well as an adjunct Professor at Pacifica. Her work focuses on mental health care to survivors of human trafficking, and she is an advocate and educator on the global human trafficking crisis. This topic may be a trigger for some readers, so please consider that before reading. and Psychedelics Conversations with Jungian Analysts” conference, which was held Dec 15-17, 2023. We’re delighted to speak with Caroline about the conference and also her professional experience prior to coming to Pacifica.

Woman of Light: An Interview with Isha Lucas, Part II of II

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Isha Lucas is a second-year student in Depth Psychology with a specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices. She is also the creator of the tarot deck Woman of Light, as well as having a psychotherapy practice. We’re excited to speak with her about her tarot deck and her psychotherapy work.

“Numbers Fit for a King”: A Poem by Paul Redwood

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Paul Redwood is an experienced board member & industry technology leader well-versed in the art of policy-setting, governance, & strategic direction for Fortune 500 corporations. His tenure as Chairman of the Organization of Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) showcased his ability to influence technology policy and drive change at a strategic level. He is currently the Managing Director for Redwood Design Engineering LLC. He earned his Masters degree in Engineering from NJIT and his Bachelors from Hofstra university.

The Psychedelic Renaissance: An Interview with Sierra Warren

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Sierra Warren is a fourth-year student at Pacifica in the Clinical Psychology Program, who was one of four students who was awarded a scholarship through Pacifica Extension and Student Services to attend Pacifica’s “Individuation and Psychedelics Conversations with Jungian Analysts” conference, which was held Dec 15-17, 2023. We were delighted to speak with Sierra about her experience at the conference and also her academic work.

Psychedelics, Jung, and the BIPOC Perspective: An Interview with Monica Gangwar

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Monica Gangwar is a first-year student in the Counseling Psychology Program, who was one of four students who was awarded a scholarship through Pacifica Extension and Student Services to attend Pacifica’s “Individuation and Psychedelics Conversations with Jungian Analysts” conference, which was held Dec 15-17, 2023. We’re delighted to speak with Monica about the conference and also her professional experience prior to coming to Pacifica.

Woman of Light: An Interview with Isha Lucas, Part I of II

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Isha Lucas is a second-year student in Depth Psychology with a specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices. She is also the creator of the tarot deck Woman of Light, as well as having a psychotherapy practice. We’re excited to speak with her about her tarot deck and her psychotherapy work.

The Dao of Jung: An Interview with Grace Hiu Phong

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Grace Hiu Phong is a licensed massage therapist, a first-generation immigrant, and a first-year student in Pacifica’s Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices. I’m delighted to speak with her about her work. ***Please note, one of the things we’ll be discussing is Grace’s internship at REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade). Although the content of our conversation is not graphic, it is, nonetheless a topic that may be traumatic for some. It is also timely, as January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Please feel free to skip reading this article if the topic is likely to be a trigger for you. Our intent is to show how professionals in psychology can assist in treating this global pandemic.**

In Her Element: The Indigenous Psychology of Flower Essences

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Lindsay Fauntleroy is a second-year student of the Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices Program and currently runs TheSpiritSeed.org, creating flower essences and offering healing services. January is Mental Wellness Month, and I’m delighted to speak with Lindsay about her work and perhaps glean some tips on self-care to share with everyone.

Beyond the Sum of their Parts: An Interview with Kira Kull

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Kira Kull is a student in the MA/PhD Mythological Studies Program with a specialization in Depth Psychology, as well as being the Co-Senior-Editor of the 2023 Mythological Studies Journal (Volume XI), which is now available to read online and print! MSJ is entirely student run and edited, featuring pieces by students enrolled in the MA/PhD Mythological Studies Program.

Pacifica’s Mythological Studies Journal: An Interview with Laurel Bergsten

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Laurel Bergsten is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in our MA/Ph.D. Mythological Studies Program with a specialization in Depth Psychology, as well as being the Co-Senior-Editor of the 2023 Mythological Studies Journal (Volume XI), which is now available to read online and print! MSJ is entirely student run and edited, featuring pieces by students enrolled in the MA/PhD Mythological Studies Program.

Pacifica student Minh Tran to present at the Thirty-third Annual Interdisciplinary Conference

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October 26, 2023

Minh Tran will be mixing it up with our relational and object-relational friends for his first international “musical-lecture” presentation with the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education.

Dismantling the Ghosts of the Institution: An Interview with Amber McZeal, Ph.D. Part II of II

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July 12, 2023

One teachable aspect of this emerged in my dissertation work. The focus of that was racial disparities in maternal healthcare. On the surface, that is read as there being something about these particular bodies that maintains this symptom of early maternal death, but this “racial group” is not the root cause, unlike the approach of…

Dismantling the Ghosts of the Institution: An Interview with Amber McZeal, Ph.D. Part I of II

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July 12, 2023

Decolonizing is moving away from silos to more conceptual understandings. Depth psychology has that. I was invited to read the Art of Inquiry, the principles around psyche we had to learn and incorporate. Psyche, something we can’t see is real, is a radical departure from what you would call colonial logic, which is materialistic, which…

Twinship and Otherness: An Interview with Phil Garrity

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May 17, 2023

Phil Garrity is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He recently had a piece in the book Gemini and the Sacred: Twins and Twinship in Religion and Mythology. I’m delighted to speak with him about twinship, otherness, and his work and experience with critical illnesses.