Introducing a uniquely integrative doctoral program in psychology: Pacifica's new PsyD Counseling Psychology program synthesizes psychodynamic, Jungian, and psychoanalytic perspectives in a strong academic degree designed to prepare you for licensure as a psychologist. The program, which is housed in our long-standing, successful, and award-winning Counseling Psychology Department, will offer doctoral level curriculum and clinical training in Counseling with an emphasis in conducting psychotherapy informed by principles of depth psychology. The curriculum, residential model, and culture of this degree course will embody the relational, intersubjective, and transpersonal principles consistent with effective applied clinical practice, as well as the knowledge bases, clinical capacities, and ethics representing the core competencies of a licensed psychologist. The PsyD Counseling Psychology doctoral program launches Fall 2021 and represents an exciting new possibility for your professional trajectory and personal development. The Counseling Psychology Department warmly invites you to join us for the informational webinar in order to learn more about the PsyD Counseling Psychology program. Department Co-Chairs, Dr. Matthew Bennett and Jemma Elliot, MA, LMFT, LPCC, look forward to sharing more about this exciting new program and its curriculum, and being in dialog to answer your questions.
Matthew is a licensed clinical psychologist, lecturer, and administrator with experience in public sector mental health and substance abuse treatment. He has broad experience in program development. He was formerly founder and first Director of Training for the Ventura County Behavioral Health Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology and Chair-Elect of the Psychology Department at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California. His research interests include personality disorders, comparative personality theory, and internet applications for mental health. Dr. Bennett is also a returned Peace Corps volunteer (“Poland III, 1991-1993”).
Jemma is Department Co-Chair and Core Faculty for Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Counseling Psychology Department. She supports administrative, curricular, and developmental aspects of the Counseling Program, as well as teaches both research and clinical courses in the program. Jemma has a clinical focus on adoption and separation trauma, and has provided trainings and spoken on panels to advance the understanding of the needs of children and families on the adoption spectrum throughout Los Angeles County.