Ways to Learn

  • In-Person

Quick Facts

  • 3-years full time
  • part-time option available
  • 91 units
  • evening option available

Overview

Transpersonal psychology seeks to unite the spiritual, psychological, and social aspects of human experience, drawing from contemporary Western psychology as well as from the world’s spiritual traditions. The Transpersonal Psychology Specialization investigates the links among the psyche, spirit, body and culture.

Highlights

  • Integrates psychoanalytic, Jungian, humanistic perspective with spiritual aspects of human experience
  • Utilizes meditation, breath awareness or imagery methods
  • Maintains respect for client’s self-healing capabilities
  • Views emotional dysfunction as an opportunity for growth

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Curriculum

Year 1

Year 1 - Fall
Units
TPC5213 Therapeutic Communication A
3
Development and application of communication skills to individual, couple, and family therapy. Students learn centering, attention and listening skills, and means of discriminating between content and process.
TPC 5004 Group Process A
2
In a group context, students use traditional and transpersonal counseling techniques to examine and work with their own and others’ feelings, motivations and patterns of behavior. Topics include group theory and dynamics, stage development, leadership and implications for group therapy. During the third quarter students gain first-hand experience in facilitating the group (with the instructor as consultant).
CNS 5010 Paradigms of Consciousness
3
paradigm is a model of reality, or aspects of reality, held by a community, and affirmed and enacted through communal behavior. Society today is shaped by past paradigms of consciousness as well as those which are newly emerging. This class explores the nature of paradigms, how they emerge, and how they are sustained and changed. We give particular attention to the evolution of various paradigms of consciousness and reality – from indigenous to modern, postmodern, holistic, and integral – and examine the potential of each to contribute to personal, social, and global transformation. This course is offered in both classroom and online modalities.
HPC 5000 Introduction to Holistic Studies Counseling Program
0
Orientation for students to how the program flows and what they need to know in order to complete the program.
Year 1 - Winter
Units
TPC5214 Therapeutic Communication B
3
Training in recognizing transference and countertransference issues and in making effective therapeutic interventions. Assessment of communication patterns in dysfunctional, functional, and optimal individual, couple, and family systems are explored.
TPC 5005 Group Process B
2
In a group context, students use traditional and transpersonal counseling techniques to examine and work with their own and others’ feelings, motivations and patterns of behavior. Topics include group theory and dynamics, stage development, leadership and implications for group therapy. During the third quarter students gain first-hand experience in facilitating the group (with the instructor as consultant).
TPC 5192 Individual Development and the Family Life Cycle A
3
Covers how the development of the self is conceptualized and perceived, both personally and therapeutically, from a variety of traditional and transpersonal perspectives including Jungian, object relations, self-psychology, and self-in-relation theory. Deepens understanding of how developmental arrest has an impact on adult development and becomes expressed in relationships.
Year 1 - Spring
Units
TPC 5161 Transpersonal Counseling A
2
Covers basic postulates of transpersonally oriented counseling. Surveys Jungian psychology, transpersonal approaches to psychotherapy, psychosynthesis, imagery and movement psychology, and myth, art, and ritual in counseling.
TPC 5006 Group Process C
2
In a group context, students use traditional and transpersonal counseling techniques to examine and work with their own and others’ feelings, motivations and patterns of behavior. Topics include group theory and dynamics, stage development, leadership and implications for group therapy. During this third quarter students gain first-hand experience in facilitating the group (with the instructor as consultant).
TPC 5193 Individual Development and the Family Life Cycle B
3
Focuses on traditional and transpersonal views of the family life cycle and ways it is influenced by and independent of the developmental experiences of individual members in their families of origin. By drawing on research, literature and personal experience, students explore specific dynamics of the family life cycle.
HPC 5422 Cross-Cultural Issues in Counseling
3
An overview of cross-cultural issues related to counseling. Special emphasis is placed on fostering an understanding of cross-cultural dynamics in counseling through an examination of the historical, political, and sociocultural issues that impact ethnic minority clients.
Year 1 - Summer
Units
TPC 5162 Transpersonal Counseling B
2
Covers basic postulates of transpersonally oriented counseling. Surveys Jungian psychology, transpersonal approaches to psychotherapy, psychosynthesis, imagery and movement psychology, and myth, art, and ritual in counseling.
HPC 5325 Ethics and the Law
3
Familiarizes students with the existing legal and ethical issues facing therapists including MFT licensing requirements and California laws for psychotherapists. Issues are explored through the examination of personal values and biases. Must be taken prior to field placement.
HPC 5250 Basic Addictions
3
Basic information about alcoholism and chemical dependency including definitions, effects on substance users and their environments, medical aspects, etiology of substance abuse, major treatment approaches, and available community resources. The course is taught from a systems perspective and covers spiritual and nutritional issues in chemical dependency.
Year 1 - Winter
Units
TPC5214 Therapeutic Communication B
3
Training in recognizing transference and countertransference issues and in making effective therapeutic interventions. Assessment of communication patterns in dysfunctional, functional, and optimal individual, couple, and family systems are explored.
TPC 5005 Group Process B
2
In a group context, students use traditional and transpersonal counseling techniques to examine and work with their own and others’ feelings, motivations and patterns of behavior. Topics include group theory and dynamics, stage development, leadership and implications for group therapy. During the third quarter students gain first-hand experience in facilitating the group (with the instructor as consultant).
TPC 5192 Individual Development and the Family Life Cycle A
3
Covers how the development of the self is conceptualized and perceived, both personally and therapeutically, from a variety of traditional and transpersonal perspectives including Jungian, object relations, self-psychology, and self-in-relation theory. Deepens understanding of how developmental arrest has an impact on adult development and becomes expressed in relationships.
Year 1 - Summer
Units
TPC 5162 Transpersonal Counseling B
2
Covers basic postulates of transpersonally oriented counseling. Surveys Jungian psychology, transpersonal approaches to psychotherapy, psychosynthesis, imagery and movement psychology, and myth, art, and ritual in counseling.
HPC 5325 Ethics and the Law
3
Familiarizes students with the existing legal and ethical issues facing therapists including MFT licensing requirements and California laws for psychotherapists. Issues are explored through the examination of personal values and biases. Must be taken prior to field placement.
HPC 5250 Basic Addictions
3
Basic information about alcoholism and chemical dependency including definitions, effects on substance users and their environments, medical aspects, etiology of substance abuse, major treatment approaches, and available community resources. The course is taught from a systems perspective and covers spiritual and nutritional issues in chemical dependency.

Year 2

Year 2 - Fall
Units
TPC 5140 Expressive Movement
3
This course will be a holistic, experiential journey through the moving body, exploring the mind, body, spirit connection and some educational/therapeutic uses of expressive movement. The coursework will include readings, drawing, writing, movement, and visualization.
TPC 5171 Systems of Transpersonal Psychotherapy A
3
A specific therapeutic approach to psychotherapy is explored in depth (e.g., Jungian-archetypal, expressive arts therapy, existential-transpersonal psychotherapy, or transpersonally oriented analysis). May be repeated for credit with a change of topic.
HPC 5200 Diagnosis, Assessment and Therapeutic Strategy A
3
A review of traditional and transpersonal diagnostic systems including DSM-IV and alternative typologies(such as the Enneagram, a phenomenological approach, or a body-oriented approach), assessment methods including interviewing and projective and objective testing, and therapeutic strategies appropriate to different diagnostic categories.
Year 2 - Winter
Units
TPC 5140 Expressive Movement
3
This course will be a holistic, experiential journey through the moving body, exploring the mind, body, spirit connection and some educational/therapeutic uses of expressive movement. The coursework will include readings, drawing, writing, movement, and visualization.
TPC 5171 Systems of Transpersonal Psychotherapy A
3
A specific therapeutic approach to psychotherapy is explored in depth (e.g., Jungian-archetypal, expressive arts therapy, existential-transpersonal psychotherapy, or transpersonally oriented analysis). May be repeated for credit with a change of topic.
PC 5200 Diagnosis, Assessment and Therapeutic Strategy A
3
A review of traditional and transpersonal diagnostic systems including DSM-IV and alternative typologies(such as the Enneagram, a phenomenological approach, or a body-oriented approach), assessment methods including interviewing and projective and objective testing, and therapeutic strategies appropriate to different diagnostic categories.
Year 2 - Spring
Units
TPC 5153 Marriage and Family Counseling B
3
Applies principles and methods of marriage and family counseling, and marriage and family systems theory to specific problems (e.g., spousal abuse, terminal illness, psychosomatic family members, and addictive families). Transpersonal issues in working with optimal family systems are also explored.
TPC 5620 Holistic/Somatic Approaches to Trauma and PTSD A
2
An overview of the history of the concept of trauma and trauma treatment and a basic understanding of the psychobiology and neurobiology of trauma and PTSD. Conceptual distinctions will be made between developmental wounding, developmental trauma, and shock trauma. Current diagnoses overtly linked to trauma (PTSD, Acute Stress Disorder, Complex PTSD and Developmental Trauma Disorder) will be discussed. The topics covered include phase-oriented treatment, dissociation models, countertransference, and building somatic and relational resources. The discussion and training will include application of somatic trauma approaches to help stabilize situations involving personal trauma, disasters, and violence.
HPC 5245 Psychopharmacology
3
An introduction and general overview of psychopharmacology as it relates to the practice of psychotherapy. Current medications, research in psychopharmacology and psychoneurology will be covered. In addition alternative medicine, natural remedies and cultural issues from a holistic perspective will be covered as will the relationship between the psychotherapist and physician in medication management.
Year 2 - Summer
Units
HPC 5216 Sexuality
2
The sexual response cycle, male and female sexuality, and sexual development and dysfunction are discussed from physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and transpersonal perspectives. Therapeutic approaches are explored as they apply to individuals, families, and couples.
TPC 5141 Spiritual Systems
2
Students select from a variety of spiritual systems, exploring the underlying theory of the system and engaging in in-depth practice. Sample topics may include African-based spirituality, music and spirituality, art as a spiritual practice, and nature-based spirituality, among others.
HPC 5158 Child Therapy
3
Psychological/developmental issues of childhood are explored from traditional and transpersonal perspectives. The developmental impact of such issues as family dysfunction and child abuse are discussed. Various practical therapeutic methods for working with children are reviewed.
Year 2 - Winter
Units
TPC 5140 Expressive Movement
3
This course will be a holistic, experiential journey through the moving body, exploring the mind, body, spirit connection and some educational/therapeutic uses of expressive movement. The coursework will include readings, drawing, writing, movement, and visualization.
TPC 5171 Systems of Transpersonal Psychotherapy A
3
A specific therapeutic approach to psychotherapy is explored in depth (e.g., Jungian-archetypal, expressive arts therapy, existential-transpersonal psychotherapy, or transpersonally oriented analysis). May be repeated for credit with a change of topic.
PC 5200 Diagnosis, Assessment and Therapeutic Strategy A
3
A review of traditional and transpersonal diagnostic systems including DSM-IV and alternative typologies(such as the Enneagram, a phenomenological approach, or a body-oriented approach), assessment methods including interviewing and projective and objective testing, and therapeutic strategies appropriate to different diagnostic categories.
Year 2 - Summer
Units
HPC 5216 Sexuality
2
The sexual response cycle, male and female sexuality, and sexual development and dysfunction are discussed from physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and transpersonal perspectives. Therapeutic approaches are explored as they apply to individuals, families, and couples.
TPC 5141 Spiritual Systems
2
Students select from a variety of spiritual systems, exploring the underlying theory of the system and engaging in in-depth practice. Sample topics may include African-based spirituality, music and spirituality, art as a spiritual practice, and nature-based spirituality, among others.
HPC 5158 Child Therapy
3
Psychological/developmental issues of childhood are explored from traditional and transpersonal perspectives. The developmental impact of such issues as family dysfunction and child abuse are discussed. Various practical therapeutic methods for working with children are reviewed.

Year 3

Year 3 - Fall
Units
HPC 5751 Field Placement A
3
HPC 5330 Psychological Testing
3
This survey course is designed to help students understand the basic concepts and applications of psychological testing and the psychometric properties of psychological tests. This course will emphasize the appropriate applications and limitations of many of the current psychological tests—especially with regard to their use with people of non-dominant cultures. Issues of validity and ethics will be reviewed in this regard.
HPC 5243 Community Mental Health and Principles of Recovery
3
This course prepares students for challenges and opportunities, taking a holistic approach to working in community mental health settings. Topics include: the history of institutionalization and the community mental health movement; navigating the complex public heatlh and social services systems; working with clients diagnosed with serious mental disorders; useful therapeutic models and effective practices; principles of recovery; strength-based assessment and resilience; fundamentals of case management; coordination of care and family and community involvement.
Year 3 - Winter
Units
HPC 5752 Field Placement B
2
HPC 5703 Clinical Skills: Partner and Spousal Abuse, Elder Care
2
n examination of the whole family system and the impact of violence and abuse upon it. Trauma issues and their impact on each family member will be discussed, as well as the physiological effect of trauma on the brain. Topics include identification and treatment of abusers; victims and the children and teens living with them; attachment and physiological issues that keep couples together; identification, treatment, and reporting issues of elder and child abuse; cultural, religious, and GLBT issues and abuse; and countertransference issues. In addition, mental health issues in aging and long-term care will be addressed. Therapeutic strategies will be presented to enhance collaboration between families and care providers and maximize quality of life for the elder client.
TPC 5350 Professional Integrative Project A
1
Year 3 - Spring
Units
HPC 5753 Field Placement C
2
TPC 535X Final Integrative Project Ex.
0.5
TPC 5705 Counseling Case Seminar A
3
Students present internship cases from the field to be used as sources of discussion and analysis. Open only to students in the counseling degree program.
Year 3 - Summer
Units
HPC 5754 Field Placement D
2
TPC 5351 Professional Integrative Project B
1.5
TPC 5705 Counseling Case Seminar B
2
Students present internship cases from the field to be used as sources of discussion and analysis. Open only to students in the counseling degree program.
Year 3 - Winter
Units
HPC 5752 Field Placement B
2
HPC 5703 Clinical Skills: Partner and Spousal Abuse, Elder Care
2
n examination of the whole family system and the impact of violence and abuse upon it. Trauma issues and their impact on each family member will be discussed, as well as the physiological effect of trauma on the brain. Topics include identification and treatment of abusers; victims and the children and teens living with them; attachment and physiological issues that keep couples together; identification, treatment, and reporting issues of elder and child abuse; cultural, religious, and GLBT issues and abuse; and countertransference issues. In addition, mental health issues in aging and long-term care will be addressed. Therapeutic strategies will be presented to enhance collaboration between families and care providers and maximize quality of life for the elder client.
TPC 5350 Professional Integrative Project A
1
Year 3 - Summer
Units
HPC 5754 Field Placement D
2
TPC 5351 Professional Integrative Project B
1.5
TPC 5705 Counseling Case Seminar B
2
Students present internship cases from the field to be used as sources of discussion and analysis. Open only to students in the counseling degree program.

Faculty

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