Collective Trauma and Social Healing

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Concentration Description

World-System and cultural crises are unfolding around the world in various communities and societies. Social healing practitioners are needed at scale to respond to these cascading crises. The transformation of collective trauma is the primary intent of practicing the art and science of social healing.

The Collective Trauma and Social Healing concentration is intended for Master's and Doctoral students in the Psychology and Education programs who aspire to be social healing practitioners in the context of their professional goals.

This concentration emphasizes diverse approaches to collective trauma, regenerative practice, cultural leadership, and restorative justice that have been the focus of the Center for Social Healing established in 2009 at Meridian University.

"Love is more demanding than Law."

—Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Author of No Future Without Forgiveness

collective trauma and social healing

Selected Concentration Courses

Meridian courses aligned with this concentration include:

  • Story, Myth, and Social Transformation
  • Leadership for Whole-System Transition
  • Sacred Purpose and Professional Practice
  • Leadership, Governance and Cultural Competency
  • Coherence and Generative Listening
  • Commoning and Regenerative Practice
  • Interpersonal Neuroscience
  • Systemic Constellations in Social Healing
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation
  • Transformative and Restorative Justice
  • Principles and Practices of Compassionate Accountability
  • Evolutionary Perspectives on Pro-Social Practices
  • Relational Development
  • Leadership and Embodiment Practices
  • Somatic Approaches to Trauma
  • Collective Intelligence and Collective Wisdom
  • Emotional Development
  • Conflict and Cultural Transformation
  • Generative Relational Fields
  • Awareness-Based Systems Change

"We’re living in a time where the reset button of history has been hit. Radical social, economic and environment changes are becoming the norm and creating a rapidly changing world that demand new patterns of thinking, being and doing for our own personal development, as well as for collective well being."

—Jean Houston,
Chancellor, Meridian University

Academic Structure

Meridian’s academic structure gives students the flexibility to navigate the University’s curricular architecture in ways that match their passions, professional goals, and other life commitments.

The structure is designed to serve a diverse student body who live around the globe, have varied cultural and clinical visions for their careers, and are at different stages in their professional journey.

Students enroll in a degree program, can elect a concentration, and register for one or multiple courses each quarter. In addition to core courses for the specific degree program and anchor courses that represent the transformative learning intent of Meridian’s curriculum, students select elective courses that align with their Meridian concentration, background, and career path.

"That the searching of our minds
Be equal to the oblique
Crevices and corners where
The mystery continues to dwell,
Glimmering in fugitive light."

—John O'Donohue,
Author of To Bless the Space Between Us

Learning Formats

Hybrid Format

Meridian’s hybrid learning format combines online courses with onsite weeklong residential intensives. The hybrid learning format is designed to enable students to pursue their graduate education at a flexible pace, combining asynchronous coursework via the University’s custom social learning platform, Pivot, live course video calls with faculty, synchronous student community engagement, and one-week residential intensives. By combining innovative online education methodologies with rich video calls and deep residential connections, the hybrid format enables students to contribute locally and perceive globally.

Each quarter, students take one or multiple seven-week online courses. This schedule provides students with time between quarters to rest, engage, and prepare. Additionally, students attend at least two weeklong onsite residential intensives per academic year. Intensives run Monday through Friday throughout the year, with residential intensives taking place at Meridian’s Bay Area Center and other globally distributed locations.

Online Format

In Meridian's online learning format, students can complete 100% of their coursework degree requirements online. Virtual intensives are also available for students who choose not to travel to residential intensives. Students can select intensive dates, locations, and formats based on their personal circumstances and professional aspirations.

"Meridian University is a gift to this moment in our history. The rare breadth of the intellectual journey it offers, and its exquisite attention to the ripening of the whole person, set a stunning example for graduate studies."


Accreditation and Financial Aid

Meridian University is a degree-granting higher education institution accredited by the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As an accreditor, WASC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. WASC is also an accreditor of the University of California, Berkeley, UCLA, and Stanford University.

Meridian is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for participation in the Federal Student Aid programs as well as by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs for the training of veterans and other eligible persons.

The University is approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide form I-20 to eligible international students, enabling travel to and stay in the United States.

Meridian offers institutional financial aid to qualified international students.

"I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world. I may not complete this last one but I give myself to it."