Pacifica Graduate Institute

Pacifica Graduate Institute

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology


249 Lambert Road,

Carpinteria, CA 93110

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The uniqueness of Pacifica's Ph.D. Clinical program is its integration of Depth Psychology. The modern field of depth psychology originates in the work of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, who called attention to the importance of what lies "below the surface" of conscious awareness. Along with coursework in theory, practice, research, intervention, ethics, psychopathology, and assessment, students also take classes in literature, myth, history, and art, infusing the science of clinical psychology with an essential sense of our connection to the recurring archetypal motifs of the psyche. The student is also encouraged to understand that a wide variety of cultural sources inform the craft of psychotherapy. Cultural competency is a core value of the program and comprises an important dimension in all courses. Clinical Psychology courses draw from four areas of study: 1. Practicum Seminars 2. Clinical Practice 3. Depth Psychology and the Humanities 4. Research and Scholarly Inquiry Pacifica's low-residency learning format for the Ph.D. Clinical program has been designed for the working student and professional. **The program seeks individuals who are psychologically-minded and evidence the emotional resilience necessary to work in the transference-counter transference field. In addition to advanced scholarly writing skills, successful candidates will have supervised clinical experience and manifest an interest in the relationship among psychology, the humanities, and the arts. The experience of personal depth psychotherapy is highly valued. These capacities are normally found in applicants who have already earned master's degrees in psychology or a related field from an accredited institution of higher learning. The Admissions Committee may consider applicants who have earned bachelor's degrees in psychology or a related field who, in addition to meeting the admissions requirements as noted above, also present a strong foundation, including a minimum of two years of advanced study and experience in depth psychology.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), specifically the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.

International Student Requirements:

International students must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). All foreign degrees must be evaluated by World Education Services and submitted to Pacifica's Admissions Office.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Loans Offered: Loans are available by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). School Code G31268

Locale: Midsize Suburb

Size & Settings: 0-999

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