University description (as per official university website)
Pacifica Graduate Institute dates its 30-year life as an educational institution from the 1976 inauguration of a nine-month, paraprofessional “Counseling Skills Certificate” program offered by the Human Relations Center; however the school had its real origin a bit farther back in history.In 1971, the Regents of the University of California provided initial funding for an “Isla Vista Human Relations Center” to meet the mental health needs of the small community immediately adjacent to the University’s Santa Barbara campus. This initial project grew and added a location on Hollister Avenue in nearby Goleta (called the Human Relations Center) to serve the larger Santa Barbara area community. Soon, HRC developed a Peer Counselor Training Program. The program quickly gained support from the University as well as State and County government. Each of those institutions sent many of its students and employees through what became a powerful training experience.
As graduates of the Peer Program asked for further training and supervision, the Counseling Skills Certificate program was born. It built on the basic skills learned during the peer training. Theoretical issues were presented in greater depth as both research and practicum supervision were intensified. These educational programs were offered under the auspices of the newly-named “Human Relations Institute.” The success among the students of both the Peer Counselor program and the Counseling Skills Certificate program and the respect accorded them throughout the community led to the development of the third phase of the Institute’s programming – the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. This two-year graduate program continues through this day, combining rigorous academic study with solid clinical experience. The M.A. program was initiated in January, 1982, and received California State approval to grant degrees in April, 1983. Initially, the M.A. program was offered as an evening program, accessible to local area students who attended classes three nights each week.
In 1984, the Institute announced a new M.A. program in Counseling Psychology with emphasis in Depth Psychology.Course work included in-depth studies of Freud, Jung, alchemy, Hippocratic medicine, dream interpretation, mythology, and classical literature. Students in this program attended monthly three-day weekend sessions at the La Casa de Maria Retreat Center on El Bosque Road. This monthly format made it possible for students from all over the United States and Canada to continue their existing life commitments while participating in a unique course of study here in Santa Barbara. Later, classes were also held at the El Encanto and Sheraton Hotels in Santa Barbara.
These educational programs grew to the point that in June, 1986 a private corporation, the Santa Barbara Graduate School, Inc., was formed.Dr. Stephen Aizenstat was the Founding President, and Gary Linker was the Vice President. For identification purposes it maintained the name Human Relations Institute. Dr. Stan Passy was the Institute’s Program Coordinator, and Dr. Marti Glen acted as the Graduate Dean. Soon, the vision of the organization had shifted away from a social service delivery system and toward a graduate institution grounded in the convictions of depth psychology. The Human Relations Center’s social service agency operations were differentiated from the educational function, and the two institutions, HRC and HRI moved forward as completely separate entities.
General Eligibility Criteria
Must be admitted and enrolled on at least a half-time basis in an eligible program at Pacifica.
Complete the FAFSA form each year to determine eligibility for federal financial assistance.
Must be in good standing in order to qualify for federal financial assistance. (Student may not be in default on or owe a refund for any federal financial aid programs.)
Must be U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States and provide proof of compliance with selective service registration and drug conviction regulations.
Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward the completion of his/her degree requirements.