What is Integrative Psychology?
Operating from a systems perspective, Integrative Psychology explores pluralistic and ecological frameworks, seeking personal and social wellness. It integrates the empirical paradigms of psychology with alternative traditions of healing, while also emphasizing an understanding of humankind's various cultures and the spiritual dimensions that underlie them.
Through discovery, community collaboration & social action, the Center for Integrative Psychology provides a forum for public discourse on "what matters" in our relationships and responsibilities. It seeks to bring ethical awareness to critical issues including the effect of contemporary environments on well-being and the effects of human behavior on our environments.
Integrative Psychology emphasizes the interdependence of social, cultural, physical, spiritual, and psychological dynamics. Studying well-being from a systems perspective combines traditional healing wisdoms and new paradigms of social evolution.
The Center for Integrative Psychology forwards our mission by:
Supporting the training of future clinicians and researchers
Sponsoring public educational forums
Offering research for outcomes of integrative practices
Providing a center of community networking for agents of change
Exploring interdisciplinary and global paradigm shifts occurring in psychology, social and health sciences
In 1996, when spirituality and psychology could not be named in the same sentence, the Provost of Alliant International University convened community gatherings to expand the real-life usefulness of psychology in personal and community meaning making, to include spirituality as an aspect of attention in professional psychology. An Integrative Psychology emphasis was written into the Psy.D. Curriculum at Alliant. These meetings also resulted in funding and faculty support for a Center for Integrative Psychology, a unique entity.
The Center for Integrative Psychology functions as community and web based think-tank for assessing current needs and supporting a future-directed psychology. The Center is "housed" in CSPP's clinical Psy.D. Program, which provides doctoral candidates the opportunity to pursue Integrative interests within an APA accredited graduate training program. The Center intends to participate in, and contribute significantly to, current interdisciplinary paradigm shifts occurring in medicine, community and social health services, worldview perceptions, and global mind change.
In 2012, The Center for Integrative Psychology decided to expand our reach in the community by forming a non-profit corporation and developing more programs to benefit our community. We are currently in the process of securing our 501(c)3 status with the State of California. And so our journey continues...