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Hearing Voices 2016

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HEARING VOICES

DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY | COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY • LIBERATION PSYCHOLOGY • ECOPSYCHOLOGY (CLE) SPECIALIZATION, M.A./PH.D. DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM

This annual newsletter is entitled “Hearing Voices.” We intend this in two senses: in our commitment to hear the multiple voices of psyche, communities, and earth-particularly those that are marginalized; and in raising our own voices that are informed by what we have closely listened to and witnessed around us and in ourselves in order to engage in collective action toward a more peaceful and just world.

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Dear Reader,

With this newsletter, we are happy to share some of the news of the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsy- chology specialization of Pacifica Graduate Institute’s M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology Program. Our students travel to campus three days a month (nine months a year) for three years from various places in the U.S. and abroad. In the summer they are involved in community and ecopsychological fieldwork and research in di- verse locations around issues of their passionate interest and commitment. On campus they engage in a curriculum that consti- tutes a bold initiative to forge interdisciplinary transformative ap- proaches to personal, community, cultural, and ecological chal- lenges of our time. This specialization places depth psychologi- cal theories and practices in dynamic dialogue with ecopsycholo- gies, critical community psychology, indigenous psychologies, and psychologies of liberation.

To study community and ecopsychology in the light of liberation psychology is to commit to the exploration of the profound effects of injustice, violence, and the exploitation of others and na- ture on psychological, community, and ecologi- cal well-being. It is a commitment to transforma- tive practices aimed at social justice, and eco- logical justice, to sumac kawsay/buen vivir and ultimately peace and reconciliation.

In this newsletter, you will see these ideas in ac- tion, embodied through the work of students and faculty!

Mary Watkins, Nuria Ciofalo, and Susan James, Editors and Core Faculty

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