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Craig Chalquist, PhD., is the program chair of East-West Psychology at CIIS. Craig focuses his scholarly writing and teaching on depth psychology, ecopsychology, qualitative research, Systems Theory, ecotherapy, and mythology from a psychological perspective. He practices what he refers to as “Deep Education”: the kind that invites the human relationship to nature, elements, creatures, and Earth to shift from mere utility to deep appreciation. He also trains psychotherapists in ecotherapy techniques, has presented at Bioneers, and gives local presentations on “Gardening and Mental Health.” Craig is author of numerous works including Terrapsychology: Reengaging the Soul of Place (2007), Deep California (2008), and he is co-editor with Linda Buzzell-Saltzman of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind (2009). Craig is on the editorial board of the journal Ecopsychology and a member of the International Association for Ecotherapy.

Janis Phelps, PhD, is a core faculty in East-West Psychology and former dean of the School of Consciousness and Transformation at CIIS. Her theoretical orientation is in transpersonal and wellness therapy models; Buddhism, Eastern and indigenous disciplines; and phenomenology/ existential philosophies. Her research and scholarly writing has focused on entheogens and shamanic practices, clinical studies in enhanced expectancies and treatment, and mind-body wellness. She teaches courses in EWP on quantitative and qualitative research methods, spiritual counseling, mindfulness, research colloquium, Buddhism and psychotherapy, and principles of healing. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she is on the Board of Holos Institute and on the Clinical Committee of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology. Carol Whitfield , PhD, is a core faculty member in East-West Psychology at CIIS. During the 1970s Carol lived a monastic life in India where she studied Advaita Vedanta and Sanskrit in a traditional gurukula setting under Swami Dayananda Sarasvati. Since her return from India, she has taught Vedanta extensively on both coasts and was one of the founders and the administrative manager of Sandeepany West, Institute for the Study of Vedanta and Sanskrit, located in Piercy, California, and later, of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Institute for the Study of Advaita Vedanta and Sanskrit, in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. One of her primary interests is the synthesis of Western psychology and Eastern spirituality. She is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Berkeley, California.