Master's and Doctoral degrees in Psychology at Meridian integrate a number of diverse orientations including Integral Psychology, Somatic and Yoga Psychology, Depth Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology, and Clinical Psychology.
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“Meridian offers programs unique in their ability to bring informational and transformative learning together. The depth and breadth of the studies, the consummate teaching, and the rich community of learners make this an accredited university that prepares students to be true practitioners as well as profoundly realized human beings.”
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Psychology Program Overview
Watch Meridian's Vice President of Academic Affairs speak about the principles and practices that guide Meridian's psychology program.
Rich McCutchan, PhD, MFT
Psychotherapist in Private Practice
"Thirty years ago I became a Marriage and Family Therapist. Decades later, seasoned by life experiences, I returned to graduate school to deepen my own journey. I found a program at Meridian that integrated, within its academic requirements, challenges that engendered a richer and more expansive level of beingness to my life and work. The psychology program at Meridian is truly a transformative program."
Our Learning Outcomes
The capacity to associate with others in ways that foster individuality, autonomy, complexity, dependability, and reciprocity.
Law and Ethics
Knowledge of legal & ethical principles, and theories of social justice, as applied to the primary work of psychological practitioners: clinical practice, research, and teaching.
Skills that enable creative responses to challenges entailing high complexity, uncertainty, and ambiguity in psychotherapeutic, leadership, and organizational contexts.
Knowledge of typologies and systems of psychopathology with an emphasis on trauma and addiction, as applicable to all levels of human system
The capacity to engage with and be aware of those imaginal structures that shape and constitute our experience.
The capacity to imagine into the other's experience.
Knowledge of stories, myths, values, and taboos that constitute how culture shapes individual and collective experience.
Psychology at Meridian
Integrates three distinct dimensions of Psychology
Academic Discipline | Vocation | Profession
Seeks to reclaim the Soul
The primary concern of Psychology, Accessing the Soul as it is known to us through the imagination.
Though they provide significant psychological knowledge, these domains are not a recognized part of the conventional discipline and profession of psychology.
Dianna Grayer, MFT
Psychotherapist in Private Practice
"Meridian provides an extraordinary curriculum that has benefited me both personally and professionally. Community learning was completely transformative, catalyzing capacities in me which were previously undeveloped. Because of Meridian’s excellence, my education did not stop at graduation. I have bone knowledge and wisdom that continues to inform, guide, and inspire me in my work as a psychotherapist and educator. I am excited for anyone choosing Meridian for their graduate education because I know they will receive a rigorous yet meaningful education and expansive understanding of psychology and its true purpose of caring for the soul."
The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and the Ph.D. in Psychology (with the clinical concentration) are designed to meet the educational requirements for the State of California’s Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licenses (MFT and LPCC educational eligibility for the doctorates requires the student to engage in fieldwork that is done in accordance with BBS requirements). The Master’s in Counseling Psychology is designed to meet the educational requirements for the State of California’s MFT and LPCC licenses. Students commuting from out-of-state must check with their local Board of Psychology to determine their state’s requirements for licensure. Because students entering with Advanced Standing status miss the first year of the program, neither the Ph.D. nor the Psy.D. earned by advanced standing students meet the educational requirements for the MFT or LPCC.
Meridian offers its programs in two formats: onsite and online. These two learning formats support the transformative learning intent of the curriculum while providing adult learners, who have significant commitments to family and/or employment, the opportunity to complete their coursework within a reasonable time frame.
Learning together within a cohort model in both formats offers students:
The opportunity to sustain one's focus on learning and developing relationships within the learning community.
The opportunity to give and receive the support and nurturance necessary for the effective development and deepening of a transformative learning community.
In the onsite learning format, classes are held in-person with some coursework including an online component. Students who choose the onsite learning format meet in residence for one weekend per month during the Fall and Spring quarters (Fridays through Sundays, for six weekends per year). Additionally, students meet for one-week sessions during each of the Winter and Summer quarters.
The online learning format enables students to complete their degrees at Meridian through distance education. Students can combine online courses, video-conferencing, and optional residential sessions as appropriate based on their individual circumstances, location, degree program, and program concentration.
Online coursework is primarily conducted asynchronously, providing students the opportunity to participate in collaborative learning with faculty and fellow students during times that are convenient for personal schedules. Faculty do encourage their online classes to meet synchronously (virtually, but in real-time), so as to have real-time contact with all cohort members in between the two week-long in-person class meetings; however, while this is encouraged, it is not required. At times students are asked to meet in virtual small groups at mutually convenient times. Meridian faculty and staff collaborate to provide an online learning experience for students that invites new and unexpected meanings to emerge.
Faculty respond to students’ work (weekly lessons, projects, or doctoral project submittals) within two to 30 working days, depending on the nature of the assignment. An average of 16 quarter credits of online learning are completed through online coursework annually.
Meridian is a degree-granting higher education institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission and approved by the State of California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.
Meridian is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for participation in the Federal Student Aid programs.