Philip Brooks Philip Brooks

Associate Professor
Integral Counseling Psychology
Counseling Psychology Department
School of Professional Psychology and Health

EdD, MA, University of Massachusetts

BA, Lake Forest College

Brooks MA, EdD, MFT is passionate about helping people learn the craft of psychotherapy in a way that is enlightening, inspiring, and effective. Philip received both masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Massachusetts where his dissertation research focused on Psychosynthesis, a psychology which explores the higher reaches of human experience in a grounded and experientially based manner. Postgraduate study with Jim Bugental provided the other formative stream of thought in Philip's clinical work. Bugental's Existential-Humanistic Psychology focuses on the interactive here-and-now and the underappreciated power of the subjective element in therapeutic practice.

Dr. Brooks balances his teaching with a private psychotherapy practice. He finds that this "real world" experience brings relevance and aliveness to his teaching. In addition, his clients reap the benefits of having a practitioner who is constantly questioning, studying, and teaching about the art of psychotherapy.

Philip currently teaches three courses: Therapeutic Communication, Group Dynamics, and Psychosynthesis. He has been teaching Therapeutic Communication in some form for decades, and is pleasantly surprised to find that it continues to be fresh and alive for him. This is a foundational course in integral counseling where students are challenged to find deepened capacities for empathic listening, emotional sensitivity and clinical creativity as they embark on their formal training. Group Dynamics is taught in a T-group format wherein students are asked to risk both offering and receiving unusually candid emotional feedback. This course is instrumental in helping students understand their own interpersonal sensitivities, allowing them to be less reactive in dealing with intense emotional encounters. Psychosynthesis takes the therapeutic communication training one step further by offering students a theoretical context and specific tools for deepening one's therapeutic engagement. Dr. Brooks makes liberal use of demonstration sessions in this practical, clinically oriented class.

The Psychosynthesis approach has been Philip's primary clinical focus for thirty five years. He has taught this psychospiritual approach in Bay Area universities and training organizations, and was the founding director of the Psychosynthesis Training Program which he co-led for seventeen years.. Philip is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Pychosynthesis, which coordinates conferences, publishes a newsletter, and distributes the latest readings and research. (www.aap-psychosynthesis.org) In June, 2010 he will be presenting at the Psychosynthesis conference Creating the World We Want, on the teaching of Psychosynthesis in graduate programs. In his ongoing quest for improving the teaching of psychotherapy skills, Philip conducted a search for instructional videos, helping to create a large collection of videos highlighting both challenging clinical issues as well as various schools of practice. These videos are used extensively by both students and faculty members to augment learning and teaching. He also produced and directed the video series Psychotherapy Live, which offers real time psychotherapy sessions followed by a commentary by both the client and therapist. This series has drawn favorable review from within the CIIS community as well as other colleges and training sites.

Philip founded the ICP Diversity Committee, and has been active in shepherding this committee through its first few years as it provides support for students as well as change strategies for the ICP program. He has also secured funding for people of color who need financial support in order to participate in the program.

Philip has spent several years on the Integral Education Committee, which has been a fruitful time of service. He is intrigued with the exploration of the various ways we practice integral education at CIIS, consistently looking at how we can improve our teaching. Through this group he has also come to know faculty members in other programs, and appreciate the rich contributions they make to life at CIIS.

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  • Occasional teaching at the International School for Psychotherapy, Counseling and Group Leadership in St. Petersburg Russia, where he has adjunct faculty status.
  • Involvement with hospice. Philip was on the founding Board of Hospice by the Bay, and served there for ten years, two of which he spent as Board Chair. His latest contribution in this arena was teaching guided imagery to hospice nurses at Kaiser.
  • Participation with Bay Area groups such as the David Brower Youth Awards, the Pachamama Alliance, and numerous other environmental and social action groups.
  • Buddhist meditation in an ongoing weekly practice group for the past twelve years.

Integral Counseling Psychology Faculty

Jeff Aitken
Advising and Supervision Manager, Integral Counseling Psychology
Alzak Amlani Alzak Amlani
Associate Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
PhD, MA, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology,
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz,
Philip Brooks Philip Brooks
Associate Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
EdD, MA, University of Massachusetts ,
BA, Lake Forest College,
Kathleen Brown Kathleen Brown
Adjunct Professor, School of Professional Psychology and Health & School of Consciousness and Transformation
PhD, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BS, University of California, San Francisco; BA, University of California, Berkeley,
Brant Cortright Brant Cortright
Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
PhD, Union Institute,
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz,
Collin Eyre
Senior Program Manager, Integral Counseling Psychology
Gisele Fernandes Gisele Fernandes
Assistant Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BA, Pontificia Universidade Catolica,
Rob Fisher Rob Fisher
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Integral Counseling Psychology
MA, Vermont College of Norwich University,
BA, Know College,
Mark Fromm Mark Fromm
Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology & Clinical Psychology
PhD, University of Colorado; MA, State University of New York at Plattsburgh,
BA, Carnegie-Mellon University,
Suraya Keating Suraya Keating
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Integral Counseling Psychology
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies ,
MA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, BA, State University of New York, Albany,
George Kich George Kich
Professor and Chair, Integral Counseling Psychology
PhD, The Wright Institute,
BA, DePaul University,
Daniela Koenig Daniela Koenig
Assistant Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
MA & BA, John F. Kennedy University,
Akhila Kolesar Akhila Kolesar
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
PhD, MA, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology ,
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz,
Dominique Lando Dominique Lando
Adjunct Instructor, Integral Counseling Psychology
MA, John F. Kennedy University,
BA, Jackson College,
Clare McLaughlin Clare McLaughlin
Adjunct Instructor, Integral Counseling Psychology
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BA, Humboldt State University,
Barbara Morrill Barbara Morrill
Associate Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
PhD, MA, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology ,
MEd, Boston College; BA, Pfeiffer College,
Naomi O'Keefe Naomi O'Keefe
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Integral Counseling Psychology & Community Mental Health
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies; MA, Sonoma State University,
MA, BA, University of Iowa,
Jyoti Rao Jyoti Rao
Core Faculty, Integral Counseling Psychology
Sergio Rodriguez-Castillo Sergio Rodriguez-Castillo
Assistant Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
LLM, University of Warwick, United Kingdom; JD, Autonomous University of Queretaro, Mexico,
Fred Rozendal Fred Rozendal
Adjunct Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
PhD, MA, Georgia State University,
AB, Calvin College,
Bahman Shirazi Bahman Shirazi
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Integral Counseling Psychology
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MS, California State University, Hayward; BS, Iowa State University,
Nina Strongylou Nina Strongylou
Adjunct Lecturer, Integral Counseling Psychology
MA, Antioch College,
BA, Muhlenberg College,
Rachael Vaughan Rachael Vaughan
Assistant Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
MA, University of Edinburgh ,
MA, Pacifica Graduate Institute,

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