Depth Psychology: MA Program

Program Coordinator

Laurel McCabe, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology Department
Stevenson Hall 3092A
(707) 664-2130 | Fax (707) 664-3113
laurel.mccabe@sonoma.edu

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M.A. in Psychology, Depth Psychology Concentration

The Psychology Department Master´s program in Psychology, Depth Psychology emphasis is an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural 36 unit curriculum providing education in the theory, practice, methods, and applications of depth psychology. It uses experiential learning, depth inquiry, and an embodied curriculum to educate its students in a soulful way.

Depth Psychology uses the language of Jungian and archetypal psychology to explore methods for understanding and working with deep, soulful aspects of human life. The program investigates techniques of depth inquiry to access, explore, and understand the hidden parts of personal experience. Students gain experience in working with art process, dreams, symbols, myth and story, group process, nature, sacred practices, and ritual. Depth Psychology may be used in one´s personal life, in education, in group process, in art groups, in therapeutic settings, in personal-growth facilitation, in work groups, and in community-building.

The skills developed in the program are useful for anyone who desires to work with others on a deeper level, teachers and facilitators particularly. Activists in community work, ecology and nature-based programs, rites of passage work, community ritual, and art find that the program inspires them and engages their initiative. Those with a vision of a society grounded in community may find that the program offers them skills and a vocabulary to bring their vision into the world in their particular field of interest.

The program is not a clinical or counseling program and so it does not lead to licensure as a therapist or a psychologist. We believe that the program does give training in the essential skills that all good therapists possess; and many of our graduates have gone on to doctoral work in clinical psychology, or work in the field of community and mental health.

What is Depth Psychology?

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Depth psychology is a term used to describe any psychological approach which explores the hidden or deeper parts of human experience. It is a broad term, so it can include approaches which look at interpersonal dynamics and the development of patterns of behavior.

Depth psychology also refers to psychology rooted in the work of C. G. Jung, a 20th century Swiss psychiatrist. Jung developed a broad theory of how the psyche functions, how the individual develops, and how the personality is developed. His theory is grounded in an archetypal approach, which posits that all experience stems from collective patterns which inform experience. Jung´s work has been extended by contemporary practitioners and thinkers; it is quite alive.

Many people find that Jungian psychology coherently explains life experiences, that it offers a path for individuation—that is, for developing uniquely into who one is, in essence—and that it offers room for the mystery and creativity of life. Jungian psychology includes the experience of the sacred, of mystery, and of the ineffable. It is an approach that is at home with myth and symbol, with the religious and spiritual traditions of the world, with anthropology and archeology, with art, poetry, and literature.

Depth psychology is a broad term. You may also see the more specific terms Jungian psychology, analytic psychology, and archetypal psychology. All of these traditions share in the stream of Jung´s work.

Program Coordinator

Laurel McCabe, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology Department
Stevenson Hall 3092A
(707) 664-2130
laurel.mccabe@sonoma.edu

Graduate Administrative Specialist

Karen Fischer
School of Extended Education, Stevenson Hall 1012
(707) 664-2682 karen.fischer@sonoma.edu