The Alchemy of Witness: Integrative Skills for Psychology and the Helping Professions

Winter 2022
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 32
8 Credits per quarter
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“One of the peculiarities of this third ear is that it works two ways. It can catch what other people do not say, but only feel and think; and it can also be turned inward.”

-Theodore Reik

Why does it add value to the human experience to be heard and witnessed? How can we develop the senses of our “third ear” and listen to others without rushing to fill the silence between us? How can we hear the voices of our deepest inner well more clearly? Through a range of activities rooted in practical psychology and art therapy, this pre-professional course will seek to answer the above questions while clarifying the differences between hearing, listening, and integrating.

Learning in this program will fall into two central categories: knowledge and skills for witnessing and tending others (as in counseling, psychology, or social work), and practices for witnessing and tending the self, who must always be embraced along the way. Using the guiding principles of social and disability justice as a central frame, this course will seek to expand the trauma-informed lenses of students as future practitioners, educators, and public servants.

Psychology topics covered will include developmental psychology, Integral Theory (which synthesizes many aspects of the last several hundred years of the psychology field), Somatic psychology (involving the body) and Jungian Psychology (the roots of western art therapy). A portion of the program will be devoted to artistic mediums of self-exploration through process-oriented pinhole photography, darkroom work, and watercolor painting.

This program will intentionally support students in the development of their own emergent callings and career paths. This applies both to students who are well on their way towards a specific career, as well as those who are still exploring the next steps in nurturing their vocation. Those who have felt a call towards careers related to the above helping professions, public health, education, law, human resources, or any other public service orientation which heavily relies on a strong inner compass, will benefit from the practices and observations made in this program.

Accommodations will be made for students who wish to attend fully remotely.

Credits awarded will be preparatory for entrance into graduate programs in counseling, psychology, art therapy, education, social work, and medicine.

This program will repeat in spring. Students who take this program in Winter should not take it in spring. 


Winter 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Fr - Sr (8): 20306

Academic details

Preparatory for studies and careers in

counseling, psychology, art therapy, education, social work, public health.

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

$75 fee for required project supplies and media fees. 


Time Offered
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Date Revision
2021-12-13 This program is now a one-quarter program. It will repeat in spring quarter.