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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An Invitation to Explore Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute

Posted by Angela Borda on Jun 16, 2020 4:17:00 PM

by Dr. Oksana Yakushko, Ph.D., Chair of Clinical Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute

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The Clinical Psychology program at Pacifica began in the context of offering depth psychological education (Jungian, post-Jungian, psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, humanistic-existential) to applicants across the country and the world.  Individuals entering our degree program sought to learn about working with and studying human experiences in an educational setting grounded in depth theories and human science traditions. Pacifica’s Clinical Ph.D. program remains a beacon of such educational offerings because dominant psychological perspectives have become even more distant, often inimical, to depth psychological standpoints.

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Posted in: clinical psychology, Dr. Oksana Yakushko, Ph.D.

Pacifica Graduate Institute: Statement on Addressing Systemic Racism

Posted by Guest on Jun 3, 2020 5:47:56 PM

At Pacifica Graduate Institute, we are deeply distressed and aggrieved by the senseless, ongoing violence directed at black members of our communities. We grieve Mr. George Floyd’s death as the latest hate-motivated tragedy in a society riven by dehumanization and lack of empathy for fellow citizens based on mindless racist projections. This deep stain on the American soul has a long and dreadful history, and despite great efforts to educate, reform, retrain, add body cameras to police attire, there has not been effective, lasting change in overall behavior by police departments throughout the country. The legacy of systemic racial oppression continues to shape how we perceive ourselves and one another, and must actively be countered if its virulence is to be checked, and its lethal effects transformed. The results of this oppression include the differential health care being offered during the COVID-19 pandemic, in which African Americans and other people of color are suffering mortality at a much higher rate than white populations, especially those with better access to health facilities and PPEs.

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Posted in: Current Affairs, Pacifica News, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Pacifica’s Vision: Psyche in the 21st Century

Posted by Guest on May 29, 2020 5:16:17 PM

by Joseph Cambray, PhD, Pacifica Graduate Institute President

Pacifica Graduate Institute has been the premier academic institution devoted to depth psychology from its inception about 50 years ago. Our overarching vision integrates multiple, diverse perspectives on the human psyche—the totality of our being, including conscious and unconscious mental life as well as how we are embedded and engaged in our environments, cultural and natural; traditional referred to as the soul. We offer a wide range of transformative programs designed to enrich soul-centered knowledge (taking psychology as the logos of the psyche) through experience and disciplined practice. Though our various programs have differing emphases, we draw upon many shared foundations, including but not limited to psychological processes based on the notion of an “unconscious” component to our mental life; psychotherapeutic, environmental, and social justice best practices, in conjunction with mythological, archetypal, and cultural studies, drawing upon the humanities as well as the sciences and the arts. While other select academic programs scattered around the world include depth psychology as a part of coursework, none are so profoundly rooted in this discipline. This is part of what makes Pacifica unique, as do our extraordinary faculty and staff, and the unique settings of our two campuses.

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Posted in: Current Affairs, Pacifica News, Pacifica Graduate Institute

MA Counseling Thesis Day 2020

Posted by Krystyna Knight on May 15, 2020 2:52:30 PM

Next week, Counseling will be holding a series of events for our "Counseling Community Commencement Weekend". On Thursday evening, we will hold the next in our series of webinars, this time a clinical round table with department faculty. On Friday morning, we will host Thesis Presentation Day. 

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Posted in: Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Students, thesis day

Interview with Murray Stein for Pacifica Graduate Institute

Posted by Krystyna Knight on May 8, 2020 3:06:37 PM

On April 1, 2020, Dr. Murray Stein, internationally known Jungian analyst and author, was interviewed by Dr. Robert Henderson on the subject of the coronavirus found here.  In the interest of exploring further the powerful images and ideas found in this seminal interview, Pacifica will offer a series of new interviews with Murray, designed to address the pandemic from a depth perspective. In this first interview, Murray will be interviewed by Dr. Pat Katsky, a Jungian analyst, Pacifica faculty member, and former Pacifica provost.

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Posted in: Current Affairs, Trauma, pandemic, world issues

The Return of Pan: The Nakedness of Power, Panic, and Pandemics

Posted by Guest on Apr 9, 2020 3:54:02 PM

A guest post by Mary A. Wood, Co-Chair, Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life Program

And no bird weeping a lament / no bird crying the song of its honey voice / in the leaves of Spring’s many flowers / could outrun him / Pan, in song” –“Hymn to Pan,” The Homeric Hymns

"Masked God." Mixed media collage, by Mary A. Wood

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Posted in: Current Affairs, Trauma, Engaged Humanities, pandemic

Pacifica Graduate Institute Announces New PsyD in Counseling Psychology: An Interview with Chair Matthew Bennett, Ph.D.

Posted by Angela Borda on Apr 2, 2020 3:40:42 PM

Part III of III

by Angela Borda

I was fortunate to recently sit down with Professor Bennett, an integral member of Pacifica’s faculty, for many years the Co-Chair of the M.A. in Counseling Psychology, and now the Chair of a new program Pacifica will be proud to offer in Fall 2020, the PsyD in Counseling Psychology. This is part 3 of a three-part interview.

How long is the PsyD Program and is clinical training required?

The PsyD is designed to be completed in four years total: three years of curriculum plus one year of pre-doctoral internship. The PsyD will require students to complete 1000 hours of practicum, generally during years two and three of the program, followed by 1500 hours of internship generally taking up year four of the program. Read More

Pacifica Graduate Institute Announces New PsyD in Counseling Psychology: An Interview with Chair Matthew Bennett, Ph.D.

Posted by Angela Borda on Apr 2, 2020 3:37:13 PM

Part II of III

By Angela Borda

I was fortunate to recently sit down with Professor Bennett, an integral member of Pacifica’s faculty, for many years the Co-Chair of the M.A. in Counseling Psychology, and now the Chair of a new program Pacifica will be proud to offer in Fall 2020, the PsyD in Counseling Psychology. This is part 2 of a three-part interview.

what is so unique about the new PsyD in Counseling Psychology program?

It’s a rare opportunity to get doctoral level training in applied professional psychology that’s informed by psychodynamic depth-psychological principles. I would say that psychodynamic perspectives have become scarce in higher education, and this program uniquely combines an applied clinical focus to valuable perspectives that reflect the role of the unconscious and imaginal to our individual and collective psychological lives. I would say that the new PsyD reflects the momentum of a long-established highly successful M.A. program that has a proven history of providing both sophisticated clinical training that allows graduates to hit the ground running in a variety of applied clinical settings, while also training our students to be able to tolerate strong emotional experiences and to develop and elaborate capacities for interpersonal attunement.

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