University description (as per official university website)
A nonprofit educational, counseling, training and research center, Phillips Graduate Institute and the California Family Counseling Center (CalFam) trace their origins to the 1950s when Clinton E. Phillips, Ph.D., and David Jansen, D.Min., pioneered the application of family systems theory and the initiation of family therapy at the American Institute of Family Relations.
In 1971, Dr. Phillips and Dr. Jansen founded the California Family Study Center (CFSC) as the only freestanding graduate program in the country dedicated solely to the field of human relationships. Built upon the family systems model, our graduate program in marriage and family therapy attracted a diverse population of students brought together by a shared passion for making a difference. As the program gained momentum, it quickly became known as a leader in mental health higher education across the profession. In 1996, in recognition of his innovative leadership, the Board of Trustees honored Dr. Phillips by changing the name to Phillips Graduate Institute.
With over thirty-five years of excellence in graduate education and training, Phillips has grown from a small, single-degree granting institution to a leader in the human relations educational field, offering multiple degrees at both the masters and doctoral levels.
Today, Phillips Graduate Institute remains on the forefront of confronting complex interpersonal and social issues, exploring new avenues for change, and ultimately creating academic programs that are shaped by the communities we serve.
Phillips Graduate Institute offers educational and training opportunities in the field of human relations to a diverse population of motivated, mature students. Responsive to the changing needs of those they serve, students, graduates and faculty seek to enhance relationships for individuals, couples, families and organizations.
Our Core Values
The Challenge to Grow and Develop
This is applicable at the individual, family and organizational levels. We apply it to ourselves and others.
This is the catalyst for innovative and effective solutions outside the organization.
We encourage the making and honoring of commitments, consistency and wholeness even under challenging circumstances.
Institutional support for creativity helps to find new solutions and to look “out-of-the-box” for new opportunities in times of change.
Appreciation for Diversity
We can capitalize on the advantage of differences, learning new ways of doing things from each other.
Contribution to Positive Social Change
Every person involved with Phillips Graduate Institute contributes to the well-being of the community. This contribution, however seemingly small, is eventually reflected at global levels.
Our Diversity Commitment
Phillips’s commitment to diversity includes focused consideration of ethnicity, race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, spiritual or religious beliefs, and disability as factors which have a salient impact on individuals’ and groups’ world views, values, and practices such as recruitment and retention of students, faculty, and staff, and integration of diversity issues into educational, training and community outreach programs. Issues of diversity are central to the ethics and richness which guide the mission of Philips Graduate Institute. The mission’s overarching goal of enhancing relationships among individuals, families, and organizations presents a challenge which Phillips Graduate Institute embraces and integrates in its planning and daily functioning. Accordingly, Philips Graduate Institute’s academic, field training and clinical programs encourage the growth and development of its diverse faculty, staff, students, and service recipients. The integrity of the institution is strengthened by the consistent honoring of diverse individuals, dyads and groups under challenging circumstances. This requires an array of creative approaches to training, service provision, and problem solving in response to the complete needs of a variety of people who are working toward common goals. Institutional support for thinking beyond conventional approaches, involving complementary efforts of people with various world views and skills, has led to cutting edge programs which are effective and highly regarded in the professional community. This, in turn, provides the building blocks for positive changes at various levels of human relationships and social systems.
Phillips Graduate Institute offers financial assistance to eligible students through federal and private (alternative loan sources) programs. All financial assistance is coordinated through the Office of Financial Aid.
Financial Aid Eligibility
To be eligible for federal financial aid, a student must:
* Permanent resident or eligible non-citizen with a valid Id and Social Security card
* Be officially accepted for admission to Phillips Graduate Institute
* Be enrolled in good standing with at least half-time status
* Maintain satisfactory progress (attendance and academic)
* Cannot be in default on any Title IV loan or owe a repayment on any Title IV grant
* Registered with the selective service if applicable
How to Apply for Financial Aid
There are three easy steps to follow when applying for financial aid for the 2009/2010 academic year.
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Renewal FAFSA. The FAFSA must be completed online at www.fasfa.ed.gov. Be sure to enter Phillips Federal School Code G22372. Please be advised this is a FREE application. You should NOT PAY to have your FAFSA completed.
If you are an eligible non-citizen, please provide a copy of your driver’s license and social security card; and, if applicable for permanent resident or eligible non-citizen status, both sides of form I-151 or I-551 Alien Registration card (green card), U.S. passport or Certificate of Naturalization will be need for identification purposes only.
If further documentation is required to complete the financial aid application process, the Office of Financial Aid will contact the applicant. The financial aid office can be contacted at (818)386-5608 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.