Each concentration has one or more courses required for all students. Students must select additional courses in consultation with their academic advisor to fulfill the concentration requirements.
Somatic Psychology is the practice of making meaningful connections between emotional process and the body’s expressions, sensations, and symptoms. Course work includes three learning domains: 1) the historical and developing theory of body psychology; 2) the research and science regarding body psychology; and 3) the increase of body/self-awareness developed through experiential and movement-oriented classes.
The Psychology of Health and Healing concentration emphasizes body-mind synchronization as the key to inner harmony and well-being. Students explore a diversity of ancient and modern healing methodologies and learn experiential techniques for balancing the spiritual and somatic aspects of health.
The Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology concentration helps students synthesize two major forces in Western Psychotherapy and appreciate the two approaches’ unique contributions to the understanding of mental health. These include the recognition of spiritual longing for wholeness as essential to psychological growth, and the acknowledgment of the importance of the client-therapist relationship in the client’s healing process.
Psychological science is the study of human experience and activity through systematic observation. Topics include development from infancy through adulthood, individual differences, embodiment, perception, emotion, consciousness, thinking, social influence, self and other aspects of mental life. In addition to theoretical study, methods of obtaining and evaluating empirical evidence ranging from behavior assessment to contemplative phenomenology are explored.