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Alumni News

Jane Ferris, PhD Jane Ferris '01 received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is in private practice as a Psychological Assistant in San Francisco. She is the author of Is homeopathy useful in psychotherapy? in Christopher Johannes and Harry van der Zee's Homeopathy and Mental Health Care.
BobAbbot-Florez Bob Abbot-Florez '01 has contracted with Sonoma County Juvenile Hall, Probation, Family Youth & Children’s Services over his 15 years of service to youth in Sonoma County. He has designed Masculine Development, Anger Management, Gang Prevention, and Gang Intervention programs in the Marin and Sonoma County Juvenile halls. He teaches Psychology at the Santa Rosa Junior College, leads wilderness trips for youth that focus on transformation of identity, and has been called in by wounded communities to help initiate the healing process. He is pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology.
Dorene Mahoney, MA Dorene Mahoney '08 is a coach, trainer, and human resources consultant through her business Stepwell Coaching. She is working with midlife transitions and is a trainer with Coming of Age: Bay Area, which works with individuals undergoing the 50+ retirement and midlife transition.
Gina Thomas, MA Virginia Thomas '09 is the recipient of a New Mythos grant from Pacifica Graduate Institute to study American culture in relation to the archetypal Enneagram. She is entering the doctoral program in developmental psychology at UC Santa Cruz.
Bonnie Bright, MA Bonnie Bright '08 is the founder of Depth Insights, a research and consulting business, is a board member of the Association of Holotropic Breathwork, and is in the doctoral program in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is the author of an article in the upcoming 2010 anthology, Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled, and is presenting papers at the 2010 Aesthetic Nature of Change International Conference; and the joint Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies and International Association for Jungian Studies conference.
Monique Aguerre MA Monique Aguerre '06 is an artist and the founder of Mythica Masks. She designs masks, sculptures and art which are used for performances, play, fashion, and regard. In 2007 she received the Nancy Richter Brzeski Dream Art Award for her masks Sleeping Birds and Bats and The Serpent and the Phoenix.

Alumni Survey

We conducted our first alumni survey in December 2008 / February 2009. The initial pool of 80 persons included all those from the classes of 2001 (the first graduating class) to 2008 who completed 2 years of course work. We had current contact information for 74 of these persons, who were contacted by email for the online 63-item survey. 37 persons (50%) responded to the survey.

For meaningful curricular comparisons, responses were grouped into two categories: recent, classes of 2005 to 2008; and early, classes of 2001 to 2004. The graduation rate (all those who graduated and received the Master's degree after completing two years of coursework plus the Master's thesis) from 2001 to 2008 was 78% as of fall of 2008, the time of the survey.

Download the 2008-09 Depth Psychology Alumni Survey here.

Highlights of the Survey

Recent alumni rate the Depth Psychology Master's program as excellent to outstanding in these areas (1-5 scale with 5 being outstanding):

  • Overall quality of the program
  • Opportunities for personal growth
  • Intellectual challenge and stimulation
  • Quality of teachers
  • Acceptance of diversity
  • Opportunities for informal interactions with professors
  • Quality of Visiting Scholars presentations
  • Clear degree requirements
  • Preparation for doctoral study

Recent alumni rated their skill development in these areas as excellent to outstanding (1-5 scale with 5 being outstanding):

  • Dreamwork
  • Active imagination
  • Mythological approaches
  • Art-based approaches
  • Conducting research
  • Facilitating depth work with other/s
  • Preparing for doctoral work
  • Preparing to run depth-oriented groups
  • Facilitating individual or community ritual

The most important benefits of the program as reported by all alumni, in a free response, open-ended written format:

  • Deeper understanding of self
  • Personal transformation
  • Learning tools for self-knowledge and psychological transformation
  • Confidence in working with others
  • Integration of head and heart

Employment, Education, and Volunteer Work

  • 73% of alumni are employed
  • 37% of those employed are working in fields related to depth psychology
  • Primary employment areas are in mental health counseling, teaching, and human services
  • 22% of alumni have gone on to doctoral work, primarily in clinical psychology
  • 57% of alumni engage in volunteer work, most frequently in community work, writing, non-profit work, and group facilitation


Desired Additions to the Program

Areas that recent graduates see as absolutely desired additions to the program (1-5 scale with 5 being absolutely):

  • Writing for publication
  • Body-based work
  • Mythological work

Depth Psychology Work in the World

henna on handAn experiential retreat where we bridge the deep self with work in the world. Sat April 12, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm, The Cooperage.


MA in Psychology, Depth Psychology

in the sunYes, we're still accepting applications for Fall 2014.


Article Evening

Class of 2014Come and hear the Class of 2014 present their article and thesis work on Thurs May 8, 6:30 pm in the Cooperage.