Depth Psychology: MA Program

Program Coordinator

Laurel McCabe, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology Department
Stevenson Hall 3087
(707) 664-2130 | Fax (707) 664-3113


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M.A. in Psychology, Depth Psychology Emphasis

Identity Statement

We are a community of reflective engaged learners who integrate scholarship and embodied practices, with the goal of contributing in reflective, creative and transformative ways to community life.

We draw from cross-cultural insights to teach skills in depth inquiry practices, rituals of personal and cultural transformation, and ecological awareness.

We seek to contribute to thriving cultural forms that promote soulful and sustainable living.

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Program Learning Goals and Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge Base in Depth Psychology
  • Describes the major theories, research methods, or practices in the field, and implements at least two of them through a paper or project.

  • Demonstrates a synthetic understanding of how specific ideas and concepts are linked, affect and are affected by, other specific ideas and concepts, resulting in a coherent and integrative understanding of the field of depth psychology.
  • Depth Inquiry Practices and Skills
  • Demonstrates curiosity toward physiological, somatic, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, and perceptual experiences, demonstrating the ability to question, explore and inquire about experience without the necessity for direct or immediate action.
  • Demonstrates fluency in the use of skills and inquiry methods to access and explore experience. 
  • Demonstrates skills in self-observation and witnessing of physiological, somatic, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, and perceptual experiences and behaviors, noting how these experiences and behaviors might change with, and as a result of, depth inquiry practices and skills.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of ethical issues that may arise with the use of depth inquiry practices and skills, both for oneself and in usage with others, and demonstrates knowledge in adapting techniques to specialized groups or specific individuals.
  • Self-Knowledge and Self-Reflection
  • Demonstrates knowledge about one’s experiences, including typical modes of perceiving, evaluating, feeling, thinking, making decisions, and relating to the inner and outer world.
  • Demonstrates the ability to self-regulate internal experience, including skills in mindfulness, meditation, breathing, self-talk, and self-care.
  • Demonstrates the ability to express internal experience in culturally appropriate ways.
  • Demonstrates the capacity to differentiate between one’s own and other’s experiences.
  • Demonstrates the capacity to assess the impact of one’s behavior on others.
  • Cultural Reflection
  • Describes his or her own cultural backgrounds, including gender, race, ethnicity, sexual preference, sexual identity, religion, nationality, civic identity, age, ability; in an appreciative and questioning stance that includes descriptions of origins, assumptions, predispositions, and development.
  • Describes a cultural shadow or cultural complex resulting from identification with one or more cultural identities, describes how it shows itself to others, and assesses its dynamics by applying a theoretical psychological framework to it.
  • Assesses and develops a position on a psychological cultural question, taking into account cultural practices, informed scholarship, and narratives of relevant groups.
  • Describes how knowledge from different cultural perspectives and indigenous traditions informs the knowledge, practices, and applications of the field.
  • Applied Learning
  • Creates a project, paper, or practice reflecting the application of knowledge or skills acquired through study to a specific object, person, group, setting, or cultural context.
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Takes an active role in a community context and examines the psychological issues encountered and the insights gained from the community experience.
  • Collaborates with others in developing and implementing a depth psychological approach to a psychological cultural issue, evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the approach and, where applicable, the results.

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  • Analytical Skills
  • Differentiates and evaluates theories, methods, or approaches to an issue or context.
  • Analyzes, adapts, reformulates, uses central ideas, concepts and techniques.
  • Fluency in Verbal and Written Communication
  • Creates sustained and coherent arguments, narratives, descriptions, explanations, or reflections of work, in two or more media, to general and specialized audiences.
  • Use of Information Resources
  • Provides adequate evidence through papers and projects of assessing, contributing to, or refining an information base or resource.

class of 2011

Program Coordinator

Laurel McCabe, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology Department
Stevenson Hall 3087
Phone (707) 664-2130 | Fax (707) 664-3113

Special Sessions

School of Extended & International Education, Stevenson Hall 1012
Phone (707) 664-2682 |

Fax (707) 664-2613

Public Programs

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Come and hear the 2019 master's graduates present their culminating work on Thu May 16, 6pm in the Cooperage.


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