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Integrative Psychology Emphasis

This emphasis area exposes students to the basic principles of CBD oil vape pen. An integrative, systems approach to health and healing brings no deposit bonus slots mobile of knowing into psychological practice, encouraging practitioners to attend not only to cognitive behaviors, but also to cultural and spiritual concerns.

In many ways, integrative psychology refocuses attention on traditional healing practices that are concerned with the complex ways in which book of ra kostenlos spielen ohne anmeldung deutsch demo, body, mind, and emotions continually interact and influence well-being. Integrative psychology includes the study of spirituality, consciousness, imagery, somatic practices, expressive arts, human ecology, postmodern cultural psychologies, and the application of all these in clinical settings. At the same time, the field values mainstream psychological models and emphasizes research based on systems theory and integrated methodologies.

Since a psychologist’s own perceptions profoundly influence outcomes, the courses and credits included in this emphasis area are intended to ensure that professionals-in-training refine their values along with their skills and that they work to achieve educated intentionality and mindfulness in all phases of clinical work. This emphasis addresses a shortage of qualified psychologists with experience in the holistic balancing of health, suffering and death issues, psychospiritual counseling, and conflicting belief systems viewed in their cultural contexts. An integrative approach trains psychologists to provide pathways rather than simply treat symptoms.

Candidates are expected to participate in Center for Integrative Psychology colloquia, workshops, and social events (see Candidates will conduct dissertation research from an integrative perspective.

To complete the emphasis area, the following four courses are required:

·         PSY 6605 – Introduction to Integrative Psychology: Postmodern

·         PSY 6526 – Theories of Personality, Pathology and Psychotherapy: Existential [Personality Theory course]

·         PSY 7501 – Theory and Practice of Psychotherapy: Existential

·         PSY 8800 – Advanced Seminar : Integrative Psychotherapies – [Required exit course, Clinical Practice elective]


Elective Integrative Seminars


Independent Study in Integrative Psychology/Humanities

This elective allows students to contract study in topics not in the curriculum. Typical studies enrich emphasis areas, deepen cultural and philosophical literature for dissertation topics, allow the study of languages (including American Sign Language), and provide creativity and professional/personal growth.

Credit transfer from other institutions is an option.



Intro to Integrative Psychology: Postmodern Pathfinding  See Syllabus

Required Foundation Course

Systems of psychology tie indelibly to the history of ideas and social contexts. This seminar intends that San Diego professionals-in-training become knowledgeable about past and current social, scientific, and ethical ways of knowing. A willingness to see “truth” in different traditions, different value systems, different perceptions of reality, different forms of relationships, different spiritual paths –and to see this diversity as enhancing all our lives– is a postmodern value. A study inclusive of these diverse ideas about identity, values, and health defines an Integrative Psychology.

The personal, professional, and cultural implications of a new social paradigm will be explored through discourse, colloquia, and relevant events in the community. The course will introduce congruent orientations in psychology (consciousness research, ecopsychology, narrative psychology, expressive arts therapy, political/cultural psychology, and spirituality) to provide entering trainees a “cutting-edge” orientation.



Sandplay Therapy

Margaret Lowenfield, the founder of the London Institute of Child Psychology, developed Sandplay as an extension of play therapy in the 1930s. This method came to the United States with Buhler (1951) for diagnosis and research with children. Dora Kalff (1966) made the greatest impact in the development of Sandplay by giving it a Jungian orientation.

This tool of creative expression, increasingly used with adults and groups as well as children, apparently invites split off parts of the psyche into consciousness by bringing healing images into play. Symptoms diminish as intrapsychic organization is matched to symbols arranged in Sandplay.

This course introduces: 1) The metaphoric and symbolic language of Sandplay; 2) Theoretical principles and the practical uses of Sandplay therapy with children and adults; 3) Didactic and experiential exploration of the Sandplay process through hands-on practice.




Jung and the Shadow

Participants will engage C.G. Jung’s ideas through study of his primary works, but also through discourse, experiential learning, films, and reference to key interpretations. Concepts to be mastered include Jung’s theories of personal and collective unconscious; the key archetypes (e.g., anima, animus, persona, shadow); structure of the psyche; self and individuation; personality type and functions; symbolism in dream and the arts; synchronicity. Key texts and contemporary examples will focus the shadow archetype, in persons and in cultures, as well as in the helping professions’ “trickster” work.





This course explores the domain of psychology, which emphasizes the interdependence of cultural, political, physical, spiritual and psychological dynamics. Studying “wholeness and health” from a systems perspective combines traditional healing wisdoms and new paradigms in the context of social evolution.

Human interactions studied within whole systems, addresses disassociations of identity to promote a healthy and sustainable society. This psychology addresses the meaning and quality of our personal, social and global relationships. It seeks to bring humanitarian and scientific thought to bear upon critical human problems, including the effect of contemporary environments on health and behavior, as well as the effects of human behavior on the environment.

In study of human beings in their contexts, ecopsychology thus includes gender healing and emphasizes the connection of humankind’s various cultures, studying the spiritual dimension that universally underlies them. It explores new physics science’s assumptions in relation to a pluralistic and ecological framework, seeking integrated personal and social wellness.




Transpersonal Psychology

Implicit to Transpersonal Psychology is the premise that psychological health overlaps the spiritual journey towards more inclusive consciousness. In what Ken Wilber calls its place in the “spectrum of consciousness”, Transpersonal Psychology studies: (I) some assumptions of orthodox, western psychology; (ii) the interstices of physical and spiritual universe; (iii) meditation and states of consciousness; (iv) yoga psychology; (v) the autonomous psyche; (vi) symbolic language, and; (vii) creativity. It explores, for example, cultural expressions of transcendence as a universal in all wisdom traditions.

The seminar will also introduce current research methodologies for psychological study in noetic (consciousness) sciences. Course topics will provide participants the opportunity to explore their own ways of mediating purpose and meaning.




Ritual and Healing

Participants will seek scholarly and psychological understanding of the elements and functions of ritual in past and contemporary cultures (especially as regards identity formation, place, life passages, grieving, and meaning-making).

Ritual’s performance calls up psychic energies universal to human experience. Thus, many rituals require the context of others for transformation to take place. Jung cautions, however, that transformation as a group experience may be at a lower level of consciousness than individual, because the collective psyche is more animal than human. Moreover, change may be amorphous when removed from group recognition.




Spirituality in Psychology

The mind/body/spirit connection is explored in this course from a variety of theoretical and philosophical viewpoints, as well as emphasis on experiential practices. Psychospiritual issues come up therapy, and psychotherapists in a recent study were unanimous in wishing they had some training. Holistic concepts that may have an impact on an individual’s mental health and well-being are addressed. Topics/issues that have particular relevance for the community/agency psychotherapist and workplace psychologist will also be addressed, along with reviews of some of the recent research published in professional journals.




Psychology of Ethnic Diversity

This course attends to such contexts as Erickson’s (1959) ego development and Phinney’s (1989) ethnic identity development theories, and current literature of acculturation and biculturalism. The course focuses on the experience of various ethnic cultures. In succeeding semesters, Asian American, African-American, Native American, and Latino cultures will be explored. Field trips, history, literature, biography, media portrayals, and other cultural artifacts intend to affect not only the cultural competency of participants, but also their experiential understandings.




Expressive Arts Therapies

Participants will focus on expressive arts therapy as a particular philosophy grounded in the post-modern notion of “de-centering” of Derrida as well as the work of Lakoff and Johnson in physical metaphor. After opening lectures on polyaesthetics with roots in shamanism, participants immerse in disciplines of visual arts, movement, music, poetry, drama from the exploration of play to the creation of works and their relationship to the author. The course attempts to address the questions “How does art-making help in the revised narrative of living?” and, “What metaphors are helpful in the healing process?”




Creativity Theory, Research and Practice

This course explores creativity theories, research, and seminar exercises of direct use for psychologists in-group or individual therapy. C.G. Jung insisted “The creative. . . and its authentic expression are in fact the basic problem of all psychotherapy.”

The workshop will focus on creativity by using tools nearest at hand: the language of everyday, crafted into story, song, and personal meaning making. Participants will explore uses of writing to fulfill the three proposals of Viktor Frankel: that life meaning is found in immediate experience, in an attitude taken, and in the creative.




Psychology of Sustainability, Drs, Jamrozy and Eulert
A Fall 2012 Integrative course in the Psychology of Sustainability offers “exciting and truly cross-disciplinary adventure” in learning for all San Diego campus graduate students at all levels (no prerequisite).  The course will be offered on four Saturdays.         
This collaborative study intends to get candidates from different programs in a room, co-create at the grass-roots, and see what grows.  We seek a common language about an urgent topic for business, education, leadership, organizational and psychology students.  The interactive course will ”explore and co-create practices”that support sustainability (aka, the future of life as we know it).

The psychology of sustainability includes the historical roots of environmentalism and sustainability.  The psyche of culture, of organizations, and of individuals all play a role in sustaining a quality of life both for humans and for planet earth.  This multidisciplinary course, with presenters from different points of view, includes current research, ranging from economic theory to integrative psychology models.   It also looks at traditional and transpersonal practices that reconnect the individual with the more-than-human world. 
Participants from various backgrounds will explore and co-create practices leading to organizational, community, and individual activism and change.  2 Units, 3 with independent project.    Drs. Jamrozy and Eulert.  Taught four Saturdays: 9/29, 10/27, 11/3 & 10 (retreat day).  



Aging and Dying: Creativity and Spirituality

The psychological and spiritual dynamics of aging focus on the decades of life, beginning with the fifth decade and concluding with the end stage and the process of dying. Grief and loss dynamics are covered along with psychotherapeutic processes in providing care for aging and dying persons.

This seminar provides an opportunity to bring together integrative practices of life-story narrative psychology, co-construction of self, the healing of contemplative practices, along with the functions of family and cultural ritual.

Psychological research provides ample evidence regarding the importance of creativity and spirituality in maintaining life satisfaction, and cross-cultural studies exemplify practices that provide support and honor to this part of the life cycle.




Mindfulness in Psychotherapy

Mindfulness involves the cultivation of intentional focused awareness –a way of paying attention on purpose in the present moment. It is often said to cultivate qualities of non-judging, non-striving, acceptance, patience, trust, openness, and letting go. Although often associated with ancient Eastern traditions, the essential qualities of mindfulness appear in nearly all-spiritual traditions. More recently, it is having considerable impact on scientifically based clinical psychology and behavioral medicine, as renowned researchers have come to believe that being mindful is central to being mentally healthy.

This course examines the emergence of mindfulness-based interventions that incorporate mindfulness as a healing factor in medical and mental health settings. These empirically validated interventions include: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR; Kabat-Zinn), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT; Williams, Segal & Teasdale), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT; Linehan), “Urge Surfing” as a component of relapse prevention in substance abusers (Marlatt), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT, Hayes), and others.

Paired with the didactic component of the course will be an experiential semester long “immersion” of participants in their own practice of MBSR. Participants will learn and practice various forms progressive relaxation, meditation, and gentle yoga. (Students will be evaluated based only upon the didactic portion of the course)




Using Meditation in Psychotherapy

This course will teach how to use meditative techniques as part of psychotherapeutic intervention. A variety of meditative principles and practices will be learned, including Yoga (Yogasutras, Asanas, Pranayama), Taoist (TaoTe Ching, Chi gung, Tai Chi), and Buddhist (Theravada and Mahayana, Mindfulness and Zen). Applications of these techniques to psychotic disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, eating disorders, pain disorders and others will be discussed. Ways to translate these practices into psychological terms will also be examined (e.g. “attentional retraining,” “self-comforting and relaxation,” “learning new responses to old habits,” etc.). Each class will include practice of meditative techniques and then discussion of applications. A final paper will focus on a specific meditative technique applied to a specific psychotherapeutic problem.




Hypnosis, Meditation and Expressive Arts Therapies

Experiential methods are becoming increasingly utilized by psychotherapists to effect significant patient change. Theory of “learning” and “knowing” through direct experience, and the role of experiential methods in psychotherapy will be discussed. Experiential methods will be taught and practiced, including hypnotic assessment, inductions and suggestions.

Applications of these techniques to psychotic disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, eating disorders, pain disorders and others will be discussed. Ways to translate these practices into psychological terms will also be examined (e.g. “attentional retraining,” “self-comforting and relaxation,” “learning new responses to old habits,” etc.).Each class will include practice of meditative techniques and then discussion of applications. A final paper will focus on a specific meditative technique applied to a specific psychotherapeutic problem.gic, chi gung and Zen approaches to meditation; and movement and drama therapies. Applications to various inpatient and outpatient settings and patients will be discussed. The Lab section will practice applying these methods to patients with a variety of pathologies, and for clients interested in learning skills to improve their quality of life. Students can take the lecture part either alone, or with the lab. 2-3 Units.




Consciousness Studies

Consciousness studies currently represent the forefront of psychological theory and publications that extend the boundaries of the profession into mind-body medicine, physics, and traditional wisdom practices. The Institute of Noetic Sciences defines consciousness studies as that which includes perceptions, beliefs, attention, intention, and intuition.

This course explores phenomena that do not necessarily fit conventional scientific models, while maintaining a commitment to scientific rigor. From the perspective of researchers and theoreticians such as Grof, Wilbur, Thich Nhat Hanh, Vaughan, Walsh, The Dalai Lama, and others, we will survey the application of Consciousness studies to this exciting new field of Psychology.




East/West Psychology

This class will focus on the conceptual understanding and experience of Eastern and Western psychological thought. We will move from the historical to the present in our study and see how these philosophical positions have developed. We will look at the practical applications and dialogue with practitioners who use these different approaches. The focus is on the alleviation of suffering and healing. We will explore the roots of Western psychological thought and trace the development of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism in the east. The important point to this study is a personal understanding that will lead to an application of these principles to your personal and professional pursuits.




Ken Wilber’s Integral Map: Theory and Practice East/West Psychology

This seminar will offer a distillation of the thirty-some years of Ken Wilber’s work and writings. Called the “Einstein of Consciousness” and the world’s leading living philosopher, Wilber is best noted for both his synthesis of the human knowledge quest and his down-to-earth practical information on how we might individually and collectively navigate the post-modern environment with all its joys and horrors. Participants will study Wilber’s AQAL (All Quadrants, All Levels, All Lines, All States, All Types) model for application to psychological practice. The seminar offers intellectual challenge and experiential exploration through readings, research, group discussions, seminar project development, and guided meditation.




Advanced Seminar: Integrative Psychotherapies

Human well-being depends on the interaction of behavioral, intentional, cultural, and social domains, with a wound in one “quadrant” bleeding into them all. Effective interventions require therapists’ awareness of interdependent mind/body/social systems, not just patching emotional wounds or neuropsychological pathways.

Course work will include the walk-through of a case study using an Integral Institute therapeutic model. Specific attentions to the four quadrants will provide cognitive, experiential, self-actualizing and cultural-context approaches. Classes will explore each quadrant, understanding and practicing examples of therapy techniques, and discussing which approaches are best suited for which clients, as well as how best to integrate approaches to offer clients the best therapeutic outcome. (This course meets all general and clinical elective requirements) A required exit course for integrative candidates.


Integrative Psychology Faculty

Don Eulert, Ph.D.


Don Eulert, Ph.D., Executive Director and Professor of Integrative Psychology (1976-2015), California (Graduate) School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University, San Diego, is the visionary leader and Director of the Center for Integrative Psychology. He is a recently retired Full Professor in the Clinical Psy.D. program at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), San Diego, housed at Alliant International University, where he has also been the director of Humanistic Studies for 40 years. Please check out Don Eulert’s Retirement Guestbook.


His research interests include integrative psychology; C. G. Jung’s archetypal psychology; postmodern cultural and spirituality issues; moral development; creativity and expressive arts; multicultural wisdom traditions, nature-based therapies and ecopsychology; liberation psychology and action research methods. Professor Eulert received his M.A. in Creative Writing from Fort Hays Kansas State and his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 1968. He pursued post-graduate work at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich and was a Senior Fulbright Fellow and State Department lecturer on U.S. culture. Dr. Eulert urges candidates to fit psychology to the history of ideas, to contemporary cultural constructs, and to global and ethical concerns. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Marina Dorian, Ph.D.

mdorian1bMarina Dorian was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1975. She immigrated to the United Stated with her family in 1978, living first in Chicago, then Los Angeles. Marina graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, Cum Laude in 1997 with a degree in psychology and Russian language and literature. She later relocated to Champaign, Illinois to pursue graduate study in Clinical and Community Psychology. In 2001 she was awarded a Fulbright research grant to Ukraine. Marina completed an APA academy clinical internship at the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 2007.

Following completion of her Ph.D., she began a faculty position at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego, California. Her professional interests include couple and family therapy, family stress and resilience, integrative psychology, mindfulness and acceptance, international psychology, treatment of anxiety and mood disorders as well as personality disorders. In her free time Marina enjoys hiking, running, yoga, and independent films.

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Matthew Porter, Ph.D.


Matthew Porter, a member of the CIP Steering Committee, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Diego, and a Fellow of the Rockway Institute.  He received his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research, NYC, in 2005.  His research focuses on social cognition in health psychology, cognitive-affective components of resilience in the face of stressful life events (war trauma, cancer, HIV/AIDS, mortality), and the intersection of coping and lifespan development.  His research has been featured in JAMA, and has been funded by Fulbright, NIH and the Templeton Foundation.  He was also a UN Peacekeeper, deployed to the former Yugoslavia in 1996-1997.  He loves baby hedgehogs, hang-gliding, and learning how to play guitar. 
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Adjunct Faculty

David H. Peterzell, Ph.D., Ph.D.

DavePeterzellDavid H. Peterzell, Ph.D., Ph.D. Professor Peterzell’s background is in two broad areas of psychology, including visual-cognitive neuroscience and clinical psychology. He has published approximately thirty papers on the first topic, and a few on the second. Much of his published work since the mid 1980s has examined the perceptual and neural worlds of human infants, including form perception, color vision, hemispheric asymmetry, and more. He is the 1991 recipient of the Garland Clay Award, presented by the American Academy of Optometry to the authors who published the “most significant paper on clinical optometry” during the previous year.

Currently, Dr Peterzell is a lecturer, researcher, clinician and/or consultant at various universities in San Diego, including UCSD, SDSU, and CSPP/Alliant International University. He is currently studying phantom limb pain sensations, including visual and cognitive-behavioral therapies, at UCSD and San Diego’s VA hospital. He is interested in any kind of individual differences, especially if they reveal the structure of psychological processes. He is a longstanding member of CIP. He has practiced meditation and yoga since 1995.

Marcy Witkin-Lupo, Psy.D.

Witkin-Lupo3-1Marcy Witkin-Lupo, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California. She brings with her more than twenty years experience in the fields of education and psychotherapy. Her classes and workshops are a blend of the presentation of information and a variety of experiential activities that are designed to enhance the learning experience. Students are challenged to acquire both academic knowledge and a deeper understanding of themselves. Dr. Witkin-Lupo is also a successful lecturer in a variety of community and professional settings and is the author of The Embrace of Sprit: A Woman’s Guide to Mind/Body Healing.





Steven D. Hickman, Psy.D.

shickmanSteven D. Hickman, Psy.D., is Director and founder of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of California, San Diego. The program teaches mindfulness-based interventions to clients and trains medical and mental health professionals in research and community outreach. Dr. Hickman has worked with the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness and with Jon Kabat-Zinn, taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for five years, and has extensive training in other mindfulness-based interventions. He has presented at national conferences on various aspects of Mindfulness. He also teaches graduate courses on Mindfulness in Psychotherapy and mentors research at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Diego.

Judith Greer Essex, MFT, ADTR, REAT

Judith Greer EssexTrained as a dancer, Judith Greer Essex is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist, a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, and a member of the Academy of Registered Dance Therapists. She is a pioneer in the San Diego art-based therapy movement, respected as an expert in the role of the body and expression in psychological integration, and is founder/director of The Expressive Arts Institue, San Diego. Judith has created dance therapy and expressive arts therapy programs for many clinics, hospitals, and health care venues in the San Diego area. She has taught movement, dance and psychology at SDSU, UIS, UCSD and Alliant University, and movement for actors at the San Diego Repertory Theater Conservatory. She also served as a Master Trainer at the European Graduate School for Expressive Arts Therapy in Saas Fe, Switzerland. Judith earned her BFA in Dance and Theater from BYU, MA in dance movement from UCLA, and her MFT through National University. In 1999 she completed her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study at the European Graduate School, and is currently working on her doctoral dissertation. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of IEATA and has presented her work at numerous professional conferences.

Walt Rutherford, Ph.D.

WaltRutherfordWalt Rutherford, Ph. D., has been associated with transpersonal Psychology programs for over 30 years in Vermont and California. For the past five years at Alliant University he has taught East/West Psychology, Introduction to Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies. Walt was director of Transpersonal Psychology and Tibetan Buddhist Psychology programs previously at two other universities in San Diego. He is currently the Director of the Center for Healing and Growth, where he specializes in the treatment of addictions and their effect on the family and recovery from the effects of trauma. Dr. Rutherford founded and directed one of the first Vietnam Veteran outreach and readjustment programs in the United States. He has been a pioneer in the research and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder since 1979.




Leslie Ziegenhorn, Ph.D.

Lzeig2Leslie Ziegenhorn, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. With over 20 years of experience, her study and application of diverse approaches to psychology include the integration of Eastern and Western philosophies. Her formal training in psychology emphasized Cognitive-Behavioral, Developmental, and Jungian perspectives. Since her doctoral education at WSU and postdoctoral fellowship at UCSD, her broad interests have inspired many roles, including psychotherapist, professor, researcher, clinical supervisor, and yoga instructor.

Currently, Dr. Ziegenhorn devotes much of her professional time to her private practice in La Jolla and holds faculty positions at UCSD and CSPP/AIU teaching courses such as Human Development, Advanced Developmental Psychopathology, and Working with Dreams in Psychotherapy. Dr. Ziegenhorn volunteers as Faculty Advisor for UCSD’s School of Medicine and on the Steering Committee for the Center for Integrative Psychology. She also enjoys travel, hiking, mermaiding, bonfires, and the arts.

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Wes Chester, MA, CAGS


Wes Chester, MA, CAGS, Expressive Arts Therapist, is an outdoorsman and artist, bird watcher and musician, naturalist and poet. In his master’s thesis, developing the field of Eco-Aesthetics, Wes began anew, asking the basic question: What is helpful is about the ongoing aesthetic encounter with the natural world? When not teaching, he works in milieu therapy with the severely mentally ill, who are his greatest teachers. In private practice, he specializes in helping therapists and clients rediscover their aesthetic relationship to the natural world as a resource for growth, inspiration and change. Wes is the co-director of The Expressive Arts Institute, a teacher in the Socratic method, who focuses on immersive, experiential, and peer supported learning in an environment of scholarly inquiry.

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