The Integral Psychology concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with professional practice in contexts such as psychotherapy, coaching, depth consultation in organizations, career counseling, and teaching.
Topics of great significance to psychological inquiry and human flourishing such as trauma, gender, health, conflict, addictions, intimacy, and psychotherapy can be viewed through many psychological perspectives or orientations enabling whole-person and whole-system understanding.
Integral Psychology as a meta-orientation gathers diverse orientations to psychology and enables diverse ways of enacting distinct Integral psychologies. The Meridian concentration on Integral Psychology especially draws on the work of Jean Gebser, Sri Aurobindo, Carl Jung, Ken Wilber, Jean Houston, and A.H. Almaas.
Integral practitioners working in diverse domains and contexts — for example, organizational development or psychotherapy — are informed and guided by a practical understanding of integral psychology.
Practices, methods, ideas, and topics engaged within this concentration’s courses, by way of example, include: meta-theory, spiritual and mystical experience, states and stages of consciousness, post and meta-modernism, subtle capacities, contemplative practices, affective neuroscience, and relational & emotional development.
"No matter how bad our crises, our responses will decide both their consequences and our destiny. If that’s so, and it is, it raises one of the great questions of our time and of all time: How can we contribute most effectively to help mitigate or heal these crises? As integral practitioners, this question becomes: How can we use our integral skills to contribute most effectively? Of course, beneath this lies another question: How do we discover our most effective contributions?"
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. The Academic Structure page includes important details regarding Meridian's program formats and completion paths.
Meridian’s hybrid learning format combines online courses with weeklong onsite labs. 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 onsite labs. By combining innovative online education methodologies with rich video calls and deep onsite 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 labs per academic year. Labs run Monday through Friday throughout the year, with onsite labs taking place at Meridian’s Bay Area Center and other globally distributed locations.
In Meridian's online learning format, students can complete 100% of their coursework degree requirements online. Online labs are also available for students who choose not to travel to onsite labs. Students can select lab dates, locations, and formats based on their personal circumstances and professional aspirations