The Designated Emphasis in Somatic Psychology is a 36-unit online degree program situated within CIIS' Integral and Transpersonal Psychology Ph.D.
The Somatic Psychology Emphasis explores the implications for understanding human complexities that emerge from serious, prolonged cultivation of direct bodily experience: breathing, touching, sensing, moving.
The program welcomes existing professionals in the field of somatics/somatic psychology, or people who have a substantial background in one or more practices for understanding bodily experience. Students bring their expertise in the material from previously conducted trainings, workshops, or certificate programs that apply to professional practice.
Students are required to attend five-day residential intensives each fall and spring. The remainder of coursework is completed online.
The course of study consists of core requirements, research courses, 18 units in the Designated Emphasis, two comprehensive exams, and a dissertation written using original research.
Course of Study
Semester 1 | Fall (6 units)
ITPS 7182 Origins of Somatic Psychology (3 units)
ITP 7188 Scholarly Writing (2 units)
ITPS 7192 Somatic Praxis I(1 unit)
Semester 2 | Spring (6 units)
ITP 7222 Foundations of Research (2 units) (shared with ITP)
ITPS 7185 Further Reaches of Somatics/Somatic Psychology (3 units)
ITPS 7193 Somatic Praxis II (1 unit)
Required, self-directed, online exam in General Psychology for students who do not enter with psychology degree or courses of study. Students with psychology degree or course of study may request exemption. Due by the start of Semester 3.
Semester 3 | Fall (6 units)
ITP 7201 Qualitative Research Methods (2 units) (shared with ITP)
ITPS 7183 Spiritual Traditions of Embodied Practice (3 units)
ITPS 7194 Somatic Praxis III (1 unit)
Semester 4 | Spring (7 units)
ITPS 7197 Embodied Inquiry (3 units)
*Can be substituted with another approved research methods course inside or outside ITP
ITPS 7190 Advanced Topics in Somatic Psychology Disciplines (3 units)
ITPS 7195 Somatic Praxis IV (1 unit)
Written Comprehensive Exam is completed between semesters 4 and 5 and due at the start of semester 5.
Semester 5 | Fall (6 units)
ITPS 7188 Embodied Pedagogy/Oral Exam (3 units)
ITPS 7186 Embodied Social Justice (3 units)
Semester 6 | Spring (6 units)
ITP 6898 Proposal Development (3 units)
Elective (3 units)
Semester 7 and beyond - Dissertation Research and Writing
Dissertation Proposal (0.1 unit)
Dissertation Seminar (0.1 unit)
Residential Intensives also required (0 units):
ITP 7001 Residential Intensive I
ITP 7002 Residential Intensive II
ITP 7003 Residential Intensive III
ITP 7004 Residential Intensive IV
ITP 7005 Residential Intensive V
ITP 7006 Residential Intensive VI
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