Why Pacifica Now? A Meditation & Imagining

Posted by Krystyna Knight on Jul 24, 2020 10:54:41 AM

"All true things change and only those things that change remain true.” C.G. Jung

People are carefully thinking about educational opportunities during this time of radical uncertainty. They hope to strategically find their way through a world of increasing complexity and rapid, unpredictable change. Grasping the nature, order, and the way of the world has long been a goal sought throughout higher education. Today, however, this question is highly problematized and traditional certitudes of the Academy are hotly contested.

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Posted in: Current Affairs, transformative, Education, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Hearing Voices 2020: On Queerness As Praxis

Posted by Angela Borda on Jul 21, 2020 5:28:00 PM

The Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco-Psychologies (CLIE) M.A./Ph.D. specialization at Pacifica brings together scholars who pursue vocations oriented toward social and environmental justice. These efforts are brought together in our annual publication, Hearing Voices. We'd like to introduce you to the work of Katie Robinson, our 2nd year CLIE student, poet, and sexuality educator.

On Queerness As Praxis

By Katie Robinson

If part of decoloniality is about naming what hurts and why, equal part must also be about screaming what feels good and why. Queers raised in a western colonial and neocolonial context, in all
our vibrant multiplicity, have always been good at this, having continually broken from, acted against, and thrived outside of a colonial expectation and construct based in erotophobia. Many of us have decided to live and build community around a full bodied, “yes, this!” in the direction of pleasure as an authentic self and with others. 

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Posted in: Community, Liberation, Indigenous & Ecopsychology

Hearing Voices 2020: INDIGENOUS PSYCHOLOGIES AND DECOLONIALITY

Posted by Angela Borda on Jul 17, 2020 4:26:00 PM

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Posted in: Community, Liberation, Indigenous & Ecopsychology

Welcome to Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco-Psychologies

Posted by Angela Borda on Jul 14, 2020 3:10:00 PM

by Susan James and Mary Watkins, Co-Chairs CLIE, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Our M.A./Ph.D. specialization in Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco-Psychologies (CLIE) in the department of Depth Psychology is a bold initiative to forge interdisciplinary and transformative approaches to the social justice, cultural, and ecological challenges of our time. We look forward to the completion of your application in the coming weeks so that we might meet with you this year about this unique graduate program. An early completion of your application is helpful if you are applying for financial aid.

Our curriculum in CLIE provides training in several lineages of depth psychology, which are placed in dynamic dialogue with critical community psychology, indigenous, liberation and eco-psychologies from a variety of local cultural perspectives worldwide.

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Posted in: Community, Liberation, Indigenous & Ecopsychology

The Education of the Soul at Pacifica

Posted by Angela Borda on Jul 9, 2020 2:35:00 PM

by James Hillman, Ph.D.

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of Pacifica Graduate Institute, James Hillman, Ph.D. gave a talk about the ways that Pacifica serves, promotes, and sparks the development of the education of the soul. What follows is a transcription of his talk.

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Alumni Reflections: Heeding the Collective Wake-up Call to the Power of the Psyche

Posted by Angela Borda on Jul 7, 2020 12:12:00 PM

By Nadia Thalji, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute

In these moments of challenges, I find comfort in recalling the holding space that Pacifica provided, and continues to provide, through lasting friendships and companionship. I recall the life-changing encounters with my fellow classmates, and the precious sharing and witnessing of each other’s unfolding. 

The exposure to new concepts, teachings, and discussions. The generous exchanges with professors, mentors, and librarians. The smiling cooks who prepared delicious meals to soothe our mind and bodies after intense classes. The birds and trees that brought beauty, balance, and proportion every day.

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Posted in: Alumni, clinical psychology

Clinical Psychology at Pacifica: Who and Why?

Posted by Angela Borda on Jul 2, 2020 11:54:00 AM

by Dr. Oksana Yakushko, Chair of Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program

Pacifica’s Clinical Ph.D. program prepares individuals to engage in varied roles available to psychologists, including in varied clinical practice settings, academia, business consulting, non-profit work, writing, and engaging in innovative work in the world.

I'd like to introduce one of our alumni, Dr. Bryan McNutt, who was recently published “Principles for Addressing Implicit Organizational Trauma” in The Journal of Employee Assistance

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Posted in: Alumni, clinical psychology

Honoring Pacifica’s Elders: Stephen Aizenstat Reflects on Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, and James Hillman

Posted by Angela Borda on Jun 25, 2020 12:38:00 PM

An Interview of Stephen Aizenstat by Angela Borda, Part II of II

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Posted in: Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, Marion Woodman, Stephen Aizenstat

Honoring Pacifica’s Elders: Stephen Aizenstat Reflects on Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, and James Hillman

Posted by Angela Borda on Jun 23, 2020 2:45:00 PM

An Interview of Stephen Aizenstat by Angela Borda, Part I of II

Stephen Aizenstat, speaking at the Barrett Center, Pacifica

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Posted in: Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, Stephen Aizenstat

Faculty Spotlight: How I Came to Clinical Psychology at Pacifica

Posted by Angela Borda on Jun 18, 2020 1:00:00 PM

by Dr. Oksana Yakushko, Chair of Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program

It has been my privilege to serve as a Chair of Clinical Psychology department and its Ph.D. program over the past eight years. I came to Pacifica over 10 years ago, leaving behind a tenure track job at an APA-approved doctoral program in psychology. Although I was productive and encouraged in my research on immigration, qualitative research, gender studies, and career development, I also felt progressively pushed toward a vision of psychology that was all about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). At that time, the funding streams were diverted to STEM topics alone, and I found myself facing the vision of psychology work that felt stripped of humanity, complexity, depth, and relationships.

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