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.

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ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU — Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Author of No Future Without Forgiveness
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Sample Courses

  • 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
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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.

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Learning Formats

Meridian's graduate degree programs are offered in two formats, Hybrid and Online. Each quarter, students take one or multiple seven-week online courses. This schedule provides students with time between quarters to rest, engage, and prepare.

The University's multiple format options are designed to enable students to pursue their graduate education at a flexible pace, combining asynchronous coursework via the University's custom social learning platform, live course video calls with faculty, synchronous student community engagement, and optional onsite or online Transformative Learning Labs in-person.

Students can optionally select Transformative Learning Lab dates, locations, and formats based on their learning style, personal interests, and professional aspirations, if they choose to, based on availability of offerings.

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Online Format

In Meridian's online learning format, students can complete 100% of their coursework degree requirements online, via Meridian’s unique online learning platform and faculty-led learning model. Meridian’s online format is designed to be highly engaging and deeply human. Students build connections with faculty and fellow graduate students while taking advantage of the flexibility built-in to the University’s online courses model.

Online Transformative Learning Labs are also optionally available (often multiple times a year), sometimes as a 3+ hour live class, and sometimes over multiple days.

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Hybrid Format

Meridian’s hybrid learning format combines online courses with optional onsite Transformative Learning Labs which are one-week or less. By combining Meridian’s innovative online education methodologies with rich video calls and deep onsite connections, the hybrid format enables students to contribute locally and perceive globally.

When offered, Onsite Labs take place at Meridian’s San Francisco Bay Area Center and other University Centers, based on student interest and availability.

Introducing Unique Impact Scholarships

Available to Meridian University students worldwide, Meridian University's Impact Scholarships represent the University's commitment to supporting graduates to take transformative action in the fields of Business, Education, Leadership, and Psychology.

  • The Meridian Social Entrepreneurship Scholarship
  • The Meridian Developmental Coaching Scholarship
  • The Meridian Collective Trauma Transformation Scholarship
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