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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:

  • Indigenous traditions and ways of knowing
  • Western mystical traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
  • Eastern wisdom traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, Samkhya Yoga, Confucianism, Taoism
  • Jungian psychology
  • holistic sexuality
  • transpersonal psychology
  • consciousness studies
  • ecopsychology

EWP's original bridge between the traditions and philosophies of the East and West has now evolved into a hub. Students study 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, Craig Chalquist, PhD

" I feel let loose in a candy store!" is probably the most frequent comment I've heard year after year from enthusiastic students who find our program. I can see why. I'm happy with my graduate education, but had I known about our programs I would have studied in them myself.

Although EWP serves as a kind of alchemical hub where spiritual and psychological traditions intermix, that should not be misunderstood as an intellectual cafeteria. We hold our students to strict academic standards. Scholars who teach for us help interested students get published.

True adaptation requires self-reinvention without losing one's essential purpose. As one of the oldest programs at CIIS, EWP began as a series of conversations between Western psychology and Eastern spiritual disciplines, Indian in particular. To these ever-deepening conversations we have added voices from the North and the South - indigenous ways of knowing and practice. Our program now includes comprehensive opportunities to study global psychospiritual approaches to healing and transformation.

The second most frequent comment I hear from satisfied students, a comment that speaks volumes about the largely unfulfilled hunger for depth of community in our time of distraction, uprootedness, and turbulence: "I have finally found my tribe."

Stay tuned, 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.

Craig Chalquist, 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, and 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 & Adjunct Faculty Member:
Heidi Fraser Hageman
(415) 575-6189

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