Now Accepting Applications for the Fall 2018 Semester!

Read more about our application requirements and apply today or join us at an upcoming event.

The East West Psychology Department (EWP) offers a global approach to the exploration and study of psychology and spirituality. Students are encouraged to become thought leaders in cross-cultural relations and create positive and sustainable paradigms in global and personal change. EWP offers the following paths of study:

EWP students acquire forward-looking professional skills that are rooted in ancient spiritual traditions. Courses are cross-disciplinary and include academic inquiry of systems, spiritual traditions, and psychological teachings. As an academic field, EWP constitutes a larger context for many disciplines that explore the interface of psychology and spirituality, including:

  • Eastern wisdom traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, Samkhya Yoga, Confucianism, Taoism
  • Western mystical traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
  • Indigenous traditions and ways of knowing
  • Jungian & depth psychology
  • Transpersonal and integral psychology
  • Consciousness studies
  • Ecopsychology

EWP students study traditions and philosophies of the East and West, as well as global approaches to healing and psychology, and graduate to engage in diverse careers:

  • University professors
  • Authors and journalists
  • Healers
  • Independent consultants
  • Researchers and scholars
  • Non-profit leaders
  • Workshop leaders
  • Spiritual counselors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Social-change activists
  • Eco-advocates
  • Community organizers

Welcome from East-West Psychology Department Chair, Debashish Banerji, PhD

I am honored to chair the East-West Psychology (EWP) program at CIIS. The dialog of East and West, a dialog of civilizations, formed one of the founding inspirations of CIIS. This has never been more relevant than in our present era of rapid globalization. East-West Psychology addresses this dialog at the level of human communication and transformation, aiming at an integral understanding. Apart from the interchange of civilizations, EWP also includes the dialog with indigenous modalities of knowledge and becoming. In our graduate programs, Jungian and other alternative psychologies, contemplative methods, wisdom traditions, shamanic epistemologies and forms of psychospiritual practice are engaged through a strong foundation in theoretical and qualitative research. Our roster of faculty and courses are leading-edge and paradigm-changing. If it is a future as a counselor, writer, academician, life-coach, or other professional, utilizing a deep study of human potential and inter-cultural transformative means that interests you, East-West Psychology may be the place for you.  Stay connected, check out what our students & alumni are up to, visit our East West Psychology Facebook page, explore the interests and backgrounds of the faculty, and feel free to contact us with whatever questions occur as you seek the graduate education that aligns with what your soul desires.

Debashish Banerji, PhD
Department Chair, East West Psychology

The Founders of CIIS: Bina and Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri and Dr. Kimberly McKellSTATEMENT OF DIVERSITY
Initially formed in 1975, the East-West Psychology program began as a bridge between Asian and Western thought and practice. Today the program has broadened, and our use of "East-West" honors the department's historical legacy while fostering understanding of how one's socio-cultural background and experience influence attitudes, values, cultural biases, religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, and inclusivity. Awareness of personal inner diversity and social complexity makes us, both teachers and students, ever more sensitive to our richly diverse world and its marginalized populations.

Questions about admissions or EWP?

Admissions Counselor:
Richard Wormstall
(415) 575-6156

EWP Program Manager:
Stephen Julich
(415) 575-6189

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