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Integral Psychology

Imagine a world where humankind flourishes and the natural world thrives. In this world:

  • Personal alienation would give way to self-inquiry that illumines the human condition and gives rise to life enhancing intimacy with self, others, and nature.
  • Academic fragmentation would yield to the power of whole-person education, an education that transforms persons and professions.
  • Our culture and society would be transformed by individuals whose lived experience is of wholeness, interconnection, and body-mind-spirit integration.

This is the promise of integral psychology and the vision of the Integral Psychology concentration at Meridian University. Psychology education at Meridian is preparation to live an awakened life enriched by self-inquiry; a meaningful life of socially engaged action; a good life guided by your highest values and drawn from your greatest human potentials.

The Integral Psychology concentration is offered in both learning formats for an entire cohort, who take the concentration together.

Get the Big Picture

Our "integral" vision of psychology is metatheoretical, meaning a big picture vision that will give profound new insight into psychology as an academic discipline. With such a wide range of orientations—including psychodynamic, humanistic, somatic, cognitive-behavioral, transpersonal, imaginal—there is great value in coming to know the respective strengths and limitations of schools of psychology, and the many fascinating ways they converge and diverge.

For practitioners—unification of theory and practice is a hallmark of integral psychology—the value is also immense. Coaches, therapists, facilitators, and change leaders with a specialization in one orientation or set of interventions will benefit from the expansive vision and context that a metatheory of psychology provides. Those with a more eclectic approach will benefit from greater coherence and synergy in their work. In both cases, an integral vision helps you to know what orientation or intervention to choose to serve a client and how to use it most effectively, because who you have become is an integral thinker and, with support and practice, a skilled integral practitioner.

Answer the Call

Integral psychology is emerging as its own distinct orientation to psychology, one with unique insights into the psyche, new practices to develop self-knowledge, and novel ways to promote collective human flourishing. Our complex and rapidly changing world asks much of us; nothing less than to evolve our consciousness and embrace more integral ways of being. Such commitments—to comprehensiveness, to the unification of theory and praxis, and to applying profound psychological insights to social issues—are hallmarks of integral psychology. In this sense, integral psychology is a vitally important response to the crises and challenges of our times, and a clarion call to those who hear it.

We invite you to join us. Bring your free and full self to our learning community. Participate in a program focused on the flowering of integral leaders and human beings.

Integral Psychology Courses

  1. Foundations of Integral Psychology I, II
  2. The Shadow and Development
  3. The Self-System
  4. Psyche & Nature
  5. Integral Theories of Consciousness and Development I: States and Stages
  6. Integral Theories of Consciousness and Development II: Intersubjectivity and Attachment
  7. Integral Theories of Consciousness & Development, III: Vision Logic
  8. Integral Theories of Consciousness and Development, IV: Developmental Assessment
  9. Psyche in the Digital-Information Age
  10. History of Integral Psychology
  11. Meta-Theory in Psychological Praxis
  12. An Integral Approach to Evil
  13. The Political Psyche
  14. Types and Styles in Clinical Practice
  15. Applied Psychology: Case Studies in Integral Practice
  16. Integral Awareness & Planetary Citizenship 
  17. Integral Perspectives: Human Development and Cultural Evolution

Integral Psychology Course Descriptions

PSY 500 Integral Theories of Consciousness and Development I: States and Stages
One of the core contributions Integral Psychology has made to our understanding of consciousness is a very nuanced description of the relationship between states of consciousness and stages of psychological development. This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of this relationship and its implications in both clinical and non-clinical contexts. A comparison of old and new models of consciousness further help to understand the relationship between states and stages.

PSY 600 Integral Theories of Consciousness and Development II: Intersubjectivity and Attachment
Intersubjectivity is appropriately referred to by Ken Wilber as "the miracle of we." In order to explore this miracle, this course investigates intersubjectivity from a variety of established perspectives, including psychology (relational psychoanalysis, intersubjectivity theory, attachment theory, and object-relations theory); neurology (interpersonal neurobiology and mirror neurons); philosophy (alterity, phenomenology, and intercorporeality); social theory (communicative rationality); and spirituality (nonduality and I-Thou). Throughout the course we will explore how these perspectives inform our own first- and second-person experiences of intersubjectivity.

PSY 603 Foundations of Integral Psychology I
This course begins with an introduction to the five elements of the AQAL model within Integral Theory - quadrants, levels, lines, states, and types - and explores the relevance of these elements as a framework for psychology in today's world. Topics include models of consciousness & human development, the relationship of egoic self and transpersonal self, and the potential of Integral Theory to deepen our understanding of and help bring about personal development as well as social change.

PSY 606 The Shadow and Development
This course explores the terrain of the psychological shadow with an eye towards its relationship to human development. The course considers Jungian and Wilberian perspectives on the shadow as well as multiple types of shadow (bright and dark) and unconscious material (repressed, embedded, emergent). Issues of healing, integration, and transformation within individuals and society are explored in light of practices and interventions involving the shadow.

PSY 607 Integral Awareness & Planetary Citizenship
The concept of planetary citizenship has taken on increasing importance in recent decades, as the sheer scale of human activity has eclipsed previously recognized boundaries of nation-states, resulting in planet-wide issues and planet-wide responses. The course will explore the intrinsic role of integral awareness in activating and engaging global frameworks of human rights and responsibilities, and the creative contributions that integral awareness can make to social and political life in our global age.

PSY 624 Psyche & Nature
In the spirit of participatory inquiry this course will examine the multifaceted and often controversial intersection of psychology and ecology from a variety of angles. In particular, the fields of Deep Ecology and Ecopsychology will be explored in the context of transpersonal psychology. This course will ask tough ecological questions without collapsing into comforting or simplistic answers, guided by three lenses through which the exploration is viewed: philosophical, cultural, and psychological. Our exploration will draw on Integral Theory as a way of bringing into relief the complexity of the relationship between psychology and ecology.

PSY 700 Integral Theories of Consciousness & Development, III: Vision-Logic
This course explores various theories of post-formal and trans-rational cognition. Key topics include the pre/trans fallacy, what can and can't be said about the highest stages of psychological maturity, the historical emergence of vision-logic, and the application of vision-logic to psychological assessment. First-person practices will allow students to explore different aspects of vision-logic in their own experience.

PSY 704 Foundations of Integral Psychology II
Building on the foundations laid down in Integral Psychology I, this course delves more deeply into Integral Theory. We will study the relationship between the domains of subjectivity, intersubjectivity, and objectivity, including exploration of their interface at each level of being-in-the-world. The place of traditional and transpersonal theories of psychology within the development of integral consciousness, will also be explored.

PSY 707 Applied Psychology: Case Studies in Integral Practice
This course explores the practical value of Integral Psychology to real-world issues. Case studies of some of the world's most successful and instructive integral applications will be examined, in fields as diverse as clinical and health psychology, organizational psychology, environmental psychology, and international development. The opportunity to conduct a group interview of the integral practitioner whose case is the focus of study will be a further opportunity to apply theories of Integral Psychology in progressively complex ways.

PSY 708 Psyche in the Digital-Information Age
Digital computing and communication technology reshaped modern society in the latter half of the 20th century, and these forces continue to have a revolutionary impact on life in the 21st century. Today's high-tech global economy exerts an enormous influence on the cultural psyche and raises many serious, fascinating, and complicated questions for students of psychology. Topics include the relationship between technology and a myriad of factors such as self-identity, neuroplasticity, cognitive load, interpersonal relations, attention span, education, child and adult development, and technology's complex effects on emotion.

PSY 727 Types and Styles in Clinical Practice
In addition to developmental considerations, types and styles are an important part of Integral Psychology. This course takes a close look at a number of leading approaches to typology and personality including the Big Five (personality traits), Enneagram, MBTI, and masculine/feminine. These models are used to understand both the clinician and the client.

PSY 738 The Self-System
This course provides an in-depth introduction to the integral model of the self-system and its foundational understanding of how growth and psychopathology occur. The history and refinement of the concept of the self-system – originating with Alfred Bandura - will be examined, as well as how it has been used in psychological research and clinical practice. A particular focus will be placed on understanding the function the self-system plays in development.

PSY 739 Integral Perspectives: Human Development and Cultural Evolution
This advanced course builds on previous course work in the evolution of consciousness and culture. Links between the fields of individual human development and cultural evolution are explored, drawing on key concepts and research within each. Special emphasis is placed on inquiry into the ethics, historical lessons, and practical implications of advancing an evolutionary view of individuals and cultures.

PSY 800 Integral Theories of Consciousness and Development, IV: Developmental Assessment
What we can say about consciousness is in large part determined by how we measure and assess it. This course focuses on assessing transformation, integration, and development. The limits and strengths of a number of leading assessment instruments will be explored, with special emphasis on a few such innovative instruments that attempt to assess the further reaches of human consciousness and development.

PSY 811 An Integral Approach to Evil
Evil is arguably one of the most complex topics anyone could engage. This course takes an integral approach to explore the many dimensions of evil and how we talk about evil. Such a multi-dimensional view of evil also serves to illuminate the power of the practical and nuanced value of Integral Theory, via its capacity to hold and coordinate many perspectives on a complex topic.

PSY 812 The Political Psyche
This course takes a psychological approach to understanding politics. In particular, the disciplines of developmental psychology and integral psychology will be used to contextualize the field of political psychology, to reflect critically on research in the field, and to develop new insights into the psychological bases of political thought and behavior. Topics of interest include the psychology of political movements, media, propaganda, ideologies, and partisan identities.

PSY 828 Meta-Theory in Psychological Praxis
There are over 200 schools of psychology and an even larger number of distinct therapeutic interventions. Integral Theory provides a robust framework for honoring the unique contribution of each of these schools and a way of organizing these interventions into a useful taxonomy. This course equips students to leverage a meta-theoretical perspective in their research and clinical practice.

PSY 850 History of Integral Psychology
The field of Integral Psychology stretches back to such figures as James Mark Baldwin and Sri Aurobindo. This course thus examines the emergence of Integral Psychology over the last 150 years. Particular attention is paid to the roots of Integral Psychology and how these influences came together through philosopher Ken Wilber's life work. This course also looks at the emerging directions the field of Integral Psychology is taking as a whole.

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