Holistic PsychologyThe Psychology resources prepare students to promote psychological and physical well-being at the individual, family and systemic levels. Adhering to Passion University's commitment to holistic education, it enhances the practitioner's ability to interact with clients, observe, assess their needs, and provide holistic solutions.

Moving beyond talking about a problem on primarily the cognitive level, holistic psychology encourages experiential involvement, and developing strategies and solutions that incorporate breath, movement, and awareness of one's spiritual self. A close look at most people's challenges in life reveals that they are multi-faceted, with various aspects of the self interacting in sub-optimal ways; a holistic approach addresses this directly.

Topics covered:

  • Behavioral and emotional dynamics
  • Evaluation of mental states and disorders
  • Developmental and systemic perspectives of human experience
  • The DSM system of diagnosis (DSM-IV is the diagnostic manual used by mental health professionals to categorize and define the challenges faced by clients)

Topics covered:

  • Characteristics of clinical practice
  • Theories of individual and family therapy
  • Basic clinical methods
  • Therapeutic communication
  • Questions, assumptions and processes underlying psychotherapeutic techniques
  • The role and function of a clinician
  • Transference, counter-transference, intervention, and empathic listening
  • Guided practice, demonstrations, and integration of personal and theoretical factors
  • Clinician-client relationships
  • Ethical aspects of clinical practice
  • Chemical dependency and drug abuse

Topics covered:

  • Development of the self from infancy through adulthood
  • Life transitions, stages of development, and rites of passage
  • Object relations theory
  • Social and systemic theories
  • Limits and possibilities of transformation within the life cycle

Research into altered states of consciousness. The lecture part of this course reviews East-West approaches to spiritual experiences.

Topics covered:

  • Objective and subjective perspectives to higher states of consciousness.
  • Neural and physiological studies, compared with experiential testimonials.
  • Cartography of HSC.
  • Major modalities such as sleep and dreams, trance, psychoactive plants and drugs, hypnosis, meditation, lucid dreaming, biofeedback, psychosis, ecstatic and mystical states of consciousness.
  • The challenges to the scientific Newtonian-Cartesian paradigms.

Altered States of Consciousness is a hybrid course, with both online and workshop components.


Topics covered:

  • Relations between the psyche and the macrocosm
  • East and West traditions and mythological archetypes
  • Common universal perspectives on psycho spiritual development
  • Phenomenological, psychological, sociological, anthropological and structuralist theories
  • Passages of birth, puberty, marriage, aging, and death
  • Transpersonal psychology
  • Astrology, alchemy, C.G. Jung, and dreams

Using selected examples, this course will introduce students to the variety of ways to conduct research in Psychology.

Topics Covered:

  • The scientific method
  • Ethical issues in human and animal research
  • Designing, running, analyzing and writing up a research project
  • Experimental, observational and correlational research strategies

Neurosomatics operates on the seam between the mind and the body. It merges body-oriented approaches to psychotherapy with psychological perspectives to physical symptoms. It shows how deeply held attitudes and beliefs are reflected within the individual's physical structure and function. We explore working with trauma and post-traumatic stress as manifested in the body; using the principles of deep tissue and structural work; creative approaches to working with armoring and defending in our clients; and working alliances with allied health professionals. Teachers learn to develop energy awareness in their hands and to use it in healing. We also learn how to direct our own internal energy into the patient's body in order to create a more harmonious flow of energy through the channels and collateral vessels.

Through movement exercises, visualization, and hands-on techniques we learn re-patterning for functional problems that can be the underlying cause of chronic physical stress. We learn the kinesiological principles that govern coordination to improve all movement from the everyday to the most demanding skill. Sessions draw from the neuromuscular education disciplines of the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, and Rolfing. We also explore grounding, vertical and diagonal thoroughness of the body, shaping, and connectedness.

Topics covered:

  • Anatomical study of sensory awareness, self-development, and healing
  • Use of anatomical knowledge for diagnosis, counseling, and therapy
  • Neural, neurohormonal, and neuromuscular systems
  • Arousal and stress
  • Use of hypnotherapy to directly tap into the unconscious, reach to the roots of addictive behaviors, and replace them with preferred patterns
  • Relationships of body and character structures develop: how interpersonal dynamics is embodied and how somatic experiences influence our psychology
  • Fight-flight-freeze modes of instinctive reactions
  • Principles of trauma therapy
  • Theory and practice of somatically oriented psychology
  • Body language and physical boundaries
  • Body/mind integrative practices
  • Reich's work
  • Bioenergetics
  • Imagery work
  • Emotional gestures
  • Neural Programming
  • Hypnotherapy & suggestion

Basic Research Methods
The Ph.D. in Holistic Psychology students are expected to complete a research praparation in foundational theories, principles, and practices specific to the proposed dissertation research, thus clarifying the underlying principles and justifications that support the proposed concept for research.

Students must complete a suitable research methods course. Students must pass a quality review examination conducted by the graduate committee, and if deemed essential, complete additional research methodology coursework to satisfy preparation requirements.

Literature Review
The literature review is designed to guide the student in conducting a thorough and effective search of the scholarly literature in relation to a project of research. Students examine the quality of existing scholarly literature in their field of research and participate in a quality review under the guidance of the doctoral committee.

Research Presentation
The Research Presentation is intended to guide the student in understanding the requirements for effective written argument, referencing and citations of the scholarly literature, and presentation of the findings from research and participate in a quality review under the guidance of the doctoral committee.

Doctoral Comprehensive Review
Upon satisfactory completion of the doctoral research tutorials, the student will be authorized to schedule the comprehensive review. The senior member of the doctoral committee will direct the written and oral components of the review. The written portion is open book style with selected essay questions requesting creative responses that reach for the higher levels of understanding. Answers should be drawn from the scholarly literature as well as applications within the professional business environment. Proper referencing of the scholarly literature is expected. The oral component of the review shall be completed by conference between the student and committee members and is intended to encourage an open discussion of the written essay responses.

Dissertation Proposal Process
During the Dissertation Proposal Process, students prepare a formal proposal related to their concept for research. The proposal is completed under the direction of the doctoral committee and prepared according to published University guidelines, which shall be provided to the student.

Conduct of Dissertation Project
Following approval of the dissertation proposal, students will begin their research project. The dissertation may take the form of a traditional research project or it may be a major scholarly project of the type appropriate to the discipline. Whichever approach to the dissertation is chosen, the resulting project must demonstrate mastery of a body of knowledge in the field and represent a meaningful and original contribution to the betterment of the profession.

The dissertation project may be conducted by quantitative, qualitative, or participatory action research. The body of the dissertation manuscript should exceed 60 double spaced, typewritten pages and be structured according to a set of approved research and manuscript guidelines provide by the University. Dissertations that take the form of a scholarly project must follow the guidelines provided by the University for such projects.

Oral Review of Dissertation
Once the student has prepared the dissertation manuscript, the the doctoral committee will schedule the formal review process and act to conduct both the formal physical review of the manuscript and oral review of the dissertation project.

Following receipt of the research manuscript, it usually takes the three member doctoral committee four to six weeks to complete the physical review and prepare questions and commentary for later discussion. The oral review is carried out by personal conference and is designed to allow detailed investigation of the underlying review of the literature, the dissertation methodology, and the mechanics of the project, presentation of the findings, and conclusions and recommendations.

One outcome of the dissertation review process is a set of final expectations directing the student through the remaining tasks for completing the dissertation manuscript. Once the final manuscript is approved, the student will submit the formal document to an approved bindery and later arrange for the bound dissertation to be shipped to the University headquarters for permanent archival storage. Upon the student's completion of the final tasks, and receipt of the needed records and documentation, the University will issue a letter of completion to the student. It will then make preparation for issuance of the transcript of record and diploma certificate.