This special program has been designed to give prospective students a comprehensive introduction to the unique educational features of the school. Please join us on Saturday, June 27 in Santa Barbara. Accommodations are available at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus.
Pacifica is proud to share the work of it's international scholars and guest lecturers to the wider world. Our international scholars and guest lecturers offer Pacifica students the opportunity to learn varying modalities and approaches to the greater work of depth psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, mythological studies, and the humanities. For more information about Pacifica Graduate Institute and Pacifica's graduate programs and Public Programs offerings visit http://www.pacifica.edu.
The Somatic Studies specialization in Pacifica’s Depth Psychology program is uniquely grounded in the tradition of depth psychology, with its emphasis on the unconscious, imagery, archetypes, meditation, and dreams. From a somatic and mind/body perspective, bodily experiences always relate holistically to physical health and environments, interpersonal relationships, social and cultural contexts, and the spiritual domain.
The Somatics curriculum is a blend of hard sciences—including neuroanatomy, neuroplasticity, and psychoneuroimmunology—and creative expressions of the humanities. The program incorporates interdisciplinary practices such as integrative medicine, shamanic traditions, and cultural studies, while drawing upon creativity and active imagination as a way of connecting image to sensation and following the dance of our dreams. Students explore the correlations between body and psyche, study the body’s role in the individuation process, and investigate how physical symptoms may be a direct reflection of the soul.
Graduates of the Somatic Studies specialization have the ability to apply a highly advanced knowledge of the body/psyche intersection to their chosen work—creating leadership, management, and training roles in a wide range of fields spanning higher education, post-doctoral research, integrative health care, social services, consulting, community non-profit development, book publishing, and many others.