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Course Offerings

The Malama Collective offers dynamic classes which give participants exposure to theory and practice of psychotherapy with a social psychoanalytic lens. We are currently working towards offering CE’s for these courses.  

Tuition fees : Pre-licensed $200 for each course. Licensed $350 for each course.

All classes meet at The Malama Collective, 222 West Main St. Ste 210, Tustin, CA

Class Schedule 2023/2024 Academic Year

Fall 2023 - Theories of Mind II

This course serves as an introduction to and overview of major schools of thought within the psychoanalytic tradition.  We will focus specifically on both metapsychology as well as on theories of clinical intervention.  As our course is designed historically, we will have the opportunity to inquire about the ways in which theoretical perspectives have been, and continue to be in conversation with one another.  Further, we will explore the ways in which these distinctions and theoretical variations imply important variations in clinical intervention, interpretation, and engagement.

Winter 2024 - Clinical Issues in Social Psychoanalysis

This course will cover the development of Social Psychoanalysis with an emphasis on how dominant narratives and cultural factors guide individual development. Readings will include the work of  critical psychoanalysts, and others, who have illustrated how the human psyche is shaped by the social field. Issues of intersectionality, the social unconscious, radical subjectivity, posthumanism and alternative treatment approaches will be reviewed.

Spring 2024 - Affirmative Therapy with an Intersectional and Ecopsychology Lens

This course will explore the tenants of Affirmative Therapy with Queer populations including LGBTQIA identified folks and the ever expanding language of queer communities. Affirmative Therapy is an umbrella term for psychotherapy that is rooted in the understanding of gender and sexual diversity as ancient, not modern; cross-cultural and cross species and therefore, a  healthy aspect of human diversity. Clinical application will be considered through an intersectional lens with consideration of the complexities of multi-cultural identities, as well as social and political disparities. Eco-psychological frameworks will also be considered as human sexuality, gender and relatedness is contextualized inside of the larger natural world. Reading, discussion, guest experts and experiential application will be woven into this course.