What is Distinctive About PSP: The Student Experience

  1. Participating in a “global Classroom”: traveling the world, meeting, befriending and learning from mature and accomplished learners frm throughout the world without having to leave your home, family and world. [PSP is extensively and effectively accessing the new technology of digital communication]
  2. Entering an “intellectual playground”: finding an opportunity to explore cutting-edge psychological concepts and practices in a supportive and encouraging environment of learning. [PSP is committed to and engaged in appreciative educational processes.]
  3. Finding your own distinctive voice: at PSP we believe that the most important book for a student to read is the book (or essay or dissertation) that they have written themselves. [This emphasis on authorship is reinforced by the unique linking of PSP to the digitally-based Library of Professional Psychology and digitally-based Library of Professional Coaching which are owned or co-owned by PSP and have together attracted over the past ten years more than 350,000 readers.]
  4. Engaging some of the best minds in the world: at PSP highly experienced and motivated co-learners interact with one another and with thought-leading faculty from many countries [the PSP faculty, alumni and student body have authored more than 120 books and 1000 articles that have often been best on the international best-seller list, recognized with national and international awards, and widely-acknowledged in several instances as one of the fundamental building blocks in an emerging area of professional psychology.]
  5. Building your own distinctive and career-enhancing curricular path: the Integrative program at PSP allows students to enroll in a mixture of clinical and organizational psychology courses, as well as gaining insights from core courses (providing the latest and historically most important concepts in professional psychology), along with courses focusing on emerging and cutting-edge concepts and practices in professional psychology. [The mature and accomplished students at PSP are often involved with or intend to be involved with a broad-range of professional psychological practices that cross over the often inappropriately restrictive boundaries between clinical and organizational psychological practices, while also finding new ways to blend these practices in newly emerging areas of professional practice.]
  6. Discovering ways in which to apply course concepts and practices, as well as insights gained from intensive interactions in the global classroom to immediate issues faced by the student in their world outside the classroom. At PSP there is little need to link theory and practice, for the students and faculty are themselves actively engaged in professional psychological practice (or a related human service field) and can readily connect the classroom to their workplace and the services they provide. [It is typical at PSP that both the faculty and students come to classroom with an average of more than 20 years of direct human service experience.]
  7. Taking pride of membership in an independent graduate school that manifests a strong and enduring commitment to social justice, serving the under-served and enhancing the lives of individuals and communities. The long history of PSP’s work in addressing troubled communities throughout the world and addressing mature public service challenges is noteworthy—ranging from the school’s early work with the children and young adults left stranded in San Francisco after the “summer of love” to its work with victims of AIDS, childhood and wartime trauma, and the use and misuse of psychopharmacological interventions. [The faculty, students and alumni of PSP do not study problems from afar—they are actively engaged in finding appropriate and sustainable solutions. PSP does not offer its international graduate programs only in “safe” countries—PSP believes that it can be a valued “global citizen” by working with the brave and dedicated men and women who face major societal challenges in the less safe regions of our fragile world.]