My name is Lucia d'Ancona (Vibhuti Jaya) and I am new to this Alliance. I learned of it through the recommendation of Dr. Conforti, who generously recommended the Alliance during one of his recent The Red Book teleconferences. I am very glad that this exists, and that I am able to participate.
I completed a Transpersonal Psychology Master's degree at ITP in 2009 and before that, my undergrad was conferred at Burlington College (B.A. in Transpersonal Psych, circa 2007). I have recently been accepted to:
- Pacifica's Depth Psychology PhD: Jungian and Archetypal Studies
- Saybrook's Psychology PhD: Jungian Studies programs
and I am now in quite the quandary.
Through this post, I wish to engage the membership and invite commentary from the Alliance at large on the PhD experience at either school. What I am hoping to learn is that PhD program grads at each of these institutions are sought after as educators, and that they are having professional successes in other professional arenas. I'd also just like to invite scholarly dialogue, and will add that I am coming to these programs with an interest in research activities, and not as a licensed, practicing clinician. I currently work in Higher Education technology, and am pursuing a shift toward more humanistic endeavors that employ the full spectrum of my talents--and that honor soul.
My goals for PhD, regardless of the school I choose, center upon engaging with the Jung corpus, and with the work of the post and neo Jungians in order to begin to make scholarly contributions to the field of eating disorders treatment from a depth perspective. The thing I think I wish for the most is a mentor, and at the very least, some person in academe to whom I can turn for instruction in conducting exemplary research and publishing like a house afire. :-)
My essential question is how will Saybrook or Pacifica help to mold me into a contributing member of the Jungian community? What are the advantages of choosing one over the other? What are PhD grads in both schools doing, where are they being published, etc.?
I am just so eager to begin to work in community--instead of a vacuum. Please share with me your commentary, musings and tales of lived experience.
Lucia d'Ancona (Vibhuti Jaya) www.enlighteninstitute.org