Welcome home alumni & Pacifica Community

Our theme for 2019, Stronger Together in Community, follows a year of tremendous destruction in the Santa Barbara area. Coming Home 2018 had to be postponed twice, and the Thomas Fire and subsequent mudslides caused the evacuation of both Pacifica campuses multiple times, for weeks on end. Tragically, our surrounding community reeled from deaths and property losses. PGIAA launched a CareLine for first responders and the community, offering free referrals for emotional and psychological support to anyone suffering from the stress and grief. We came to know, in ever deeper ways, the life-saving importance of Community.


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  • Fanny Brewster

    Dr. Brewster is a Core Faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Department at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Prior, she served for five years as Adjunct Faculty working within the Depth, Archetypal and Jungian Psychology (DJA), and Depth Psychotherapy Departments (DPT), while maintaining a New York City private practice.

  • Kwame Scruggs

    Dr. G. Kwame Scruggs has over twenty years of experience using myth in the development of urban male youth.  He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. 

  • Michael Mollura

    Dr. Michael R. Mollura is currently a therapist in Beverly Hills, California, with a Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute (2013) in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Mollura holds a Master’s Degree in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts

  • Kelly Carlin Host/Moderator

    Since receiving her M.A. in Jungian Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Kelly Carlin-McCall has created Women on the Verge, a year-long coaching program where accomplished women find something deeper, wider, and more meaningful in the next chapter of their lives.

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  • “I have been away from PGI since my husband, Melvin, graduated last May. The concerns I had after witnessing on television the natural disasters in the Santa Barbara communities made me want to connect with the Alumni and attend this year’s Coming Home! I was surprised to discover how much I missed the energy at Pacifica and it felt good to come home! The speakers were dynamic and insightful, and it was fun to connect with old and new friends!”

     Sherrie Sims Allen, PhD
    Sherrie Sims Allen, PhD Beverly Hills, CA
  • "Wow what a wonderful afternoon. Keynote Nely Galán was amazing and shared perspectives that are often overlooked in white normative culture. Kelly Carlin was an amazing and at times funny MC. Jennifer Selig broke open the potential that lives between hope and despair in an amazing manner, and Daphne Dodson took us through a journey of the healing properties of imaginal remembering."

    Karin Zirk, PhD
    Karin Zirk, PhD San Diego, CA
  • “How wonderful to be part of this remarkable community of authors at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where I am in the midst of my PhD in Depth Psychology with a Somatics Specialization. I am honored. ”

    Heather McCloskey Beck, PhD(c) Depth Psychology with a Somatics Specialization
    Heather McCloskey Beck, PhD(c) Depth Psychology with a Somatics Specialization Port Washington, NY
  • "Being board members of PGIAA along with my wife Dr. Sherrie Allen we had the honor to participated in the school’s “Coming Home” event on Saturday. This was another event included in my month long celebration of my life. Our keynote speaker was Nely Galán, she encouraged all women of color to participate in the world economy. I introduced Dr. Jennifer Selig, one of my favorite past professors, before she spoke on “Hope and Despair” and how the two are inseparable due to the tense that must exist between the two. Despair is the prerequisite to HOPE."

    Melvin Allen, PhD Depth Psychology
    Melvin Allen, PhD Depth Psychology Beverly Hills, CA

Mistress of Ceremonies: Kelly Carlin

Whether she’s talking on her podcast, “Waking from the American Dream,” teaching live or online workshops about seeing/transforming the stories we unconsciously live out, or interviewing today’s top comics on her SiriusXM show, “The Kelly Carlin Show,” Kelly Carlin, M.A. pursues the big questions, and reveals unmined perspectives that opens minds and hearts.

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