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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 Ecopsychology 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 US and abroad. In the summer they are involved in community and ecopsychological fieldwork and research in diverse locations around issues of their passionate interest and commitment. On campus they engage in a curriculum that constitutes a bold initiative to forge interdisciplinary transformative approaches to personal, community, cultural, and ecological challenges of our time. This specialization places depth psychological theories and practices in dynamic dialogue with ecopsychology, 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 nature on psychological, community, and ecological well-being. It is a commitment to transformative practices aimed at social justice, and ecological sustainability, to sumac kawsay/buen vivir and ultimately peace and reconciliation.
In this newsletter, you will see these ideas in action, embodied through the work of students and faculty!
– Mary Watkins, Nuria Ciofalo, and Susan James, Editors and Core Faculty


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