M.A. in Counseling Psychology
Online & Campus-Based Program
47 Sixth Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
Program details below are quoted from program websites, supplied here for informational purposes only, and subject to change at any time. Refer to the program website for current information, deadlines, complete admission requirements, etc. It is the responsibility of the prospective student to verify with program administrators program details and that the program still meets BBS requirements for licensure in the state of California.
- Somatic Psychology (Blended format only)
- Yoga and Psychology (Blended format only)
- Movement/Dance and Expressive Arts (Collaboration with Tamalpa Institute)
- Leadership and Social Transformation (Blended format only)
- Integral Psychology
Length of Program
In the Monthly learning format classes are held in-person. Students who choose the Monthly 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; many courses have online components taught through Meridian’s Online Learning Platform.
The Blended learning format combines online learning with two week-long residential sessions each academic year. This combination of learning online and learning in residence o ers students the opportunity to complete Meridian’s degree programs by traveling to the San Francisco Bay Area twice each academic year, one week in the Winter and one week in the Summer. The Fall and Spring quarters are conducted entirely online.
Students are encouraged to start in the Fall but are accepted into Winter and Spring quarters as well.
Estimated Total Program Tuition
IMAGINAL PSYCHOLOGY: AN INTEGRAL AND TRANSFORMATIVE ORIENTATION TO PSYCHOLOGY
Imaginal psychology is a distinct integral transformative psychology. This orientation reclaims soul as psychology’s primary concern. The soul expresses itself in images. Care of the soul asks that we pay close attention to the images we inhabit. This orientation to psychology has its roots in the transformative practices that are at the core of many spiritual traditions and creative arts.
Entering Class Size
Cohorts range anywhere from 10-20 students. Our programs are nested, which means cohorts begin with both Master's and Doctorate students.
Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
Master’s in Counseling Psychology students must complete a 340 hour traineeship, which includes a minimum of 280 direct service hours.
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
Forty hours of personal therapy in an individual, couple, family, and/or group setting are required. In some cases, this experience may be obtained prior to enrollment in Meridian’s graduate program.
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
After completing all coursework, students are required to pass written and oral comprehensive examinations.
Fall: August 31
Undergraduate GPA Requirement
None, a Bachelor's degree is required for admission to Meridian's Graduate Programs.
Three Admission Recommendations
Three Admission Recommendation forms and accompanying letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations should be sought from individuals who can respond to your readiness to successfully complete Meridian's degree program. If possible, you should include recommendations from persons familiar with your academic and, if applicable, clinical background.
A personal statement (5-7 pages, double-spaced) is required. Your personal statement should highlight the formative and significant experiences in your life, and how those experiences have influenced you in choosing to pursue your vocation or profession. Consider how periods of life and career transition have contributed to your awareness. Consider what it is about you that will enable you to benefit from Meridian's degree program.
- Writing Sample (maximum of seven pages)
- Resume or CV
(see program website for complete application requirements)
Once all of the required materials have been received, the admissions committee will review your application. After this review, you may be contacted to schedule an admissions interview. The admissions interview can be conducted in person at our Petaluma Center or via Skype.
(Reprinted from program website.)
Consider pursuing your Masters or Doctoral degree in Psychology at an accredited institution in a program that integrates a number of diverse orientations to psychology:
- Integral Psychology
- Somatic and Yoga Psychology
- Depth Psychology
- Transpersonal Psychology
- Spiritual Psychology
Psychology at Meridian...
- Integrates three distinct dimensions of Psychology:
Academic Dicipline | Vocation | Profession.
- Seeks to reclaim the Soul:
The primary concern of Psychology, Accessing the Soul as it is known to us through the imagination.
- Draws on and integrates numerous Knowledge Domains:
Though they provide significant psychological knowledge, these domains are not a recognized part of the conventional discipline and profession of psychology.