Graduate Program Director
We believe that learning takes place in the context of dialogue with peers and with faculty. To facilitate genuine dialogue, we limit the number of students admitted to approximately 20 students per year. The program includes the study of texts, personal reflection, experiential exercises, and a 9-month practicum. Our students are prepared as therapists to work with children and adults, individually and in groups, and families.
Existential phenomenology is a philosophical tradition that speaks to contemporary psychology and psychotherapy by offering a fundamentally different model of training than most other programs. Our approach builds on a broad foundation in psychology, philosophy, and psychopathology and engages the humanities as well.
Our program, which is one of only two in the United States with this approach, has the largest faculty trained in this specific therapeutic model.
Our program distinguishes itself both by using this philosophical tradition as a foundation for psychology and psychotherapy and as a source of insight about specific human experiences.
Our students develop an in-depth understanding of human existence.
Through exploring these in relation to psychotherapy and counseling, students come to appreciate the significance of therapeutic attitude and presence. Most fundamentally, we place a strong emphasis on the relational and ethical dimensions of psychotherapy.
Professor Steen Halling, one of the program's founders, provides an overview of the Master of Arts in Psychology program.