Psychology Courses


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PSY 501 – Transformational Psychology: An Overview

Professor: Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D.

This course offers an overview of multi-disciplinary approaches to human transformation. We discover the largest perspective in the world’s mythologies and spiritual traditions. Another long-term and scientific perspective views human transformation in terms of biological evolution; as well as an examination of the social, historical, and economic factors that have influenced the transformation of human culture. The course will analyze methods of transformation, including a range of psychotherapeutic approaches, other professional approaches, spiritual disciplines and physical disciplines of the body.


PSY 502 – Consciousness and Creative Communication

Professor: David E. Bresler, Ph.D.

This course examines the experiential basis of the psychology of interpersonal relationships. Study will explore types of inner communications in which we engage, the power of attention, levels of interactivity, imagery dialogue, inner communications, mood, our “inner critic” and how it can be countered creatively with the help of an “inner advisor”.


PSY 504 – Introduction to Relational Gestalt

Professor: Janice Gerard, Ph.D.

Fritz Perls and Paul Goodman, the founders of Gestalt theory and practice, were focused on the idea that therapy has moved us away from our bodies, our senses and our feelings. The mind has become too dominant and has removed us from our human experience. Dr. Perls once said, “Lose your mind and come to your senses.” The form of therapy that developed out of this concept focused on the individual’s sensory experience of the “here and now,” and the phenomenological method was evolved to allow each person to find the language to communicate his/her moment-to-moment experience. The course will explore the other pillars of Gestalt theory and practice; Perls and Goodman’s concepts of awareness, figure/ground, the between, I-Thou; Lewin’s Field Theory; Beisser’s Paradoxical Theory of Change, and how Gestalt has moved from the individualist approach of Perls to the relational theory and practice formulated by Gary Yontef and Lynne Jacobs, which is an expanded field theory. The mind has been returned to us as an experiential dimension. In discussing therapy practice, we will focus on the evolution of the idea of transference to one of Enduring Relational Themes and working with trauma and shame. We will work together to understand the complexity of our experience and how to work with that complexity in the practice of therapy.


PSY 506 – Essentials of Mind-Body Medicine

Professor: Martin L. Rossman, Ph.D.

We start with the experiential data on mind-body healing in some detail. We then expound the essence of alternative healing practices such as acupuncture, ayurveda, and homeopathy, and other spirit mind-centered therapies, and body centered therapies such as yoga. Can consciousness heal the body of disease as claimed in all spiritual traditions and as vindicated by the data? We discuss this question with the help of recent ideas of quantum healing and science within consciousness. Finally, we explore the subject of wellness and creativity of the body.


PSY 508 – Self Regulation: The Foundation of Human Potential

Professor: Justin Ayres, Ph.D.

This course covers the principles and processes of self regulation that underlie human potential for health and wellness. Psychophysiologic self-regulation and the psychophysiology of stress and relaxation are described and students are introduced to a variety of self-regulation procedures such as Autogenic Training, visualization, and short relaxation techniques. Mental and emotional characteristics of the healthy person are described and strategies for enchancing personal well-being are outlined. The course concludes with a consideration of cultural forces that promote worseness and wellness, and a broad view of personal and social well-being.



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PSY 511 – Alchemy & Psychotherapy

Professor: Michele Daniel, Ph.D.

Alchemy was a natural science which represented an attempt to understand the material phenomena in nature. However, as C.G. Jung tells us, everything unknown and empty is filed with psychological projection; and what the alchemists saw, or thought they saw in matter, was chiefly the data of their own unconscious processes. Consequently, an understanding of alchemical processes and their stages are a fertile source for understanding and facilitating the experimental modes of the psychological transformation that Jung called individualization, that lies at the heart and soul of depth psychotherapy. This course will consider alchemical symbolism and images as they concretize these experiences of transformation in psychotherapy, including an examination of the mystery of the conjunctio as it unfolds in psychotherapy.


PSY 512 – Mythic Stories in Depth Psychology

Professor: Jonathan Young, Ph.D.

Mythic patterns in stories reflect a broad range of human concerns. The key is reading their psychological symbolism. The realms of magic, dream and fantasy, the familiar wisdom tales, connect us with dimensions beyond ordinary experience—and offer an illuminating vision to enlarge our sense of place and purpose.


PSY 513 – Dreams and the Quest for Meaning

Professor: Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

Dr. Bulkeley will explore the vast and eternally mysterious realm of human dream experience, focusing on the profound influence of dreaming on the world’s religious and spiritual traditions—for dreaming can truly be said to represent a primal wellspring of religious experience, insight and wisdom. Each of the first seven lectures concentrates on one particular tradition, describing the surprisingly sophisticated dream beliefs and practices of these “pre-modern” peoples. The course highlights the revolutionary discoveries of the two great 20th Century dream psychologists Sigmund Freud and C.G. Jung. And finally, recent findings regarding the neuropsychological functioning of the brain/mind system during sleep and dreaming; and the future of dream research, with prospects for a better understanding of the power of dreams to inspire creativity, heal illness, anticipate future possibilities, and promote spiritual development.


PSY 515 – Tarot and Transformation

Professor: Yolanda Robinson, Ph.D.

Our pursuit of knowledge stems from an archetypal need. This need, as reflected through the energies of mystery and magic that characterized our primordial traditions, gave form to our Western way of thinking. This course introduces
Tarot as a tool for personal transformation that also embodies a complex and sophisticated system of knowledge. It will place Tarot within a historical perspective and explore some of the major currents that have helped defined Tarot as it
is known today, including shamanism, astrology, Gnosticism, magic, alchemy, Neoplatonism, Kabbalah and depth psychology. As the major and minor arcana in the Tarot are explored, students will meet a cosmology that is intimately interwoven with the way we perceive and interpret the world. Tarot accrues meanings and layers of interpretation through time. It facilitates a deeper understanding of our psyche and of the numinous qualities of our inner Self, even when it is used as a divination tool; “Arcanum” means mystery. This course will guide the student to discover mysteries hidden within each one of us, as we enter the mystical and mystifying world of images and symbols embodied in the cards.




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PSY 521 – Spiritual Psychology

Professor:  Robert Frager, Ph.D.

This course examines the spiritual implications of major Western psychologies including Freud, Jung, Rogers, and Maslow. It also compares Western psychologies with the Eastern spiritual psychologies found in Yoga, Zen Buddhism, and Sufism.


PSY 523 – Buddhist Psychology and Methods of Healing

Professor: Greg Salyer, Ph.D.

This course addresses the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist theories of the nature and functions of the mind and of the ways in which the mind and body interact and influence each other. It also addresses the ways in which these theories have influenced the Buddhist medical theories and practices and the manner in which the Buddhist contemplative and yoga practices have been influenced by Buddhist medical knowledge. This course will review the history and therapeutic role of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist psychology in particular and the history and soteriological role of Buddhist medicine in general.


PSY 524 – The Yoga of Integral Transformation

Professor: Joseph Conti, Ph.D.

In The Life Divine, the modern Indian seer and yogi, Sri Aurobindo has diagnosed the human condition as one of “Sevenfold Ignorance.” In his own life and teaching, he developed the goals and techniques of experience and power by which this condition can be overcome. Adapting his own terminology this can be called ”Sevenfold Perfection,” a psychology of integral transformation spelled out in a number of texts, principally his works on yoga (The Synthesis of Yoga) and recently published diaries (Record of Yoga). This course will draw out the features of the seven limbs of self-perfection, and the disciplines and attitudes necessary to their development. In this exploration a cross-cultural approach will be taken, introducing Sanskrit yoga terminology in context with explanations and implications in terms of modern psychology theory and practice.




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PSY 531 – Psi Research

Professor: Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D.

This course offers a survey of paranormal phenomena and theories. Synchronicity, distant viewing, clairvoyance, precognition, and survival of consciousness after death are discussed. The presentation will be based upon current scientific knowledge.


PSY 532 – Near Death Experiences

Professor: Raymond A. Moody, Jr., MD , Ph.D

This course is an overview of extraordinary experiences related to death and dying. In connection, lectures bring to light critical weaknesses in the three traditional perspectives on the paranormal—parapsychology, “skeptical” scientism, and fundamentalist demonology—and propose a new theory of paranormal phenomena, rooted in ancient practices for facilitating the common experience of seeing spirits of deceased loved ones. The course will close with a prospectus for exciting future research that portends to shed light on the most fascinating enigma of all—the mystery of life after death.