Melody Bacon



Melody Bacon

Department Faculty

Marriage & Family Therapy
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Address Map of 4199 Campus Dr Irvine CA 92612
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Dr. Bacon is a professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy department. She has been an instructor and administrator for over 16 years and has been with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology for over 8. She has a passion for teaching and mentoring new mental health professionals.In addition to her work with TCSPP, Dr. Bacon is a clinical psychologist specializing in relational issues and has been in practice for over 20 years. Her clinical orientation devolves around the work of Dr. Carl Jung and is informed by Bowen Family Systems.

Her dissertation,I thought love would last forever, examined the transformational potential of grief and divorce and initiated an interest that continues to this day. She is the author of The Grace Filled Divorce (2012). Most recently, she has developed a program for families struggling with addiction that is offered in an online format. She is writing a book, Family Therapy and Addiction: The Family Matters Program, under contract with Routledge Publications.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
B.A. Liberal Studies University of Toronto, Toronto Ontario CANADA 1979
M.A. California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA 1994
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA 2001
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
Member California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Member MFT Educators Consortium, Orange County, CA
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, CA PSY19555
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Addiction/Substance Abuse Co-occurring Disorders
Career/Workplace Issues Work/Life Balance
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Substance-Related Disorders
Marriage & Family Couples Counseling
Family Therapy
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Jungian Theory
Title Location Date
Family Therapy and Addiction Treatment International Family Therapy Association Annual Conference, Kona, HI April 2015

The Grace Filled Divorce, (2012), Sisters, OR: Deep River Books.

"Risking the Wildest Places: A Dialogue between Redecision and Jungian Therapy," Journal of Redecision Therapy Vol. II, No. 1, Spring 2000.

"Ask Us Not To Forget: The Lost Cause in Natchez, Mississippi," Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South Vol. III, No. 3, Fall 1992.


Warner, D. (2017). Couples and Trauma: Challenges and Opportunities. In Warner, D. (Ed.) His History, Her Story (pp. 241-2157). Santa Monica, CA: American Ghost Media.

Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.

I see my role as a mentor and a coach. In addition to conveying the knowledge I have acquired over 20 years of clinical and academic work, I am focused on assisting our students in learning the skills that they need in order to become excellent Marriage and Family Therapists and to contribute in significant ways to the field of psychology as a whole.

Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.

I am a firm believer that the practice of psychology should be undergirded by a strong foundation in a theoretical approach. This is what distinguishes a licensed mental health professional from other types of professions that may offer similar services. Having a clear philosophy with regard to how people make change is a primary prerequisite for excellence in our field.

What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?

Take advantage of all the services that are provided for you, particularly those offered by the National Center for Academic and Dissertation Excellence (NCADE). Writing is a primary skill set for our profession and NCADE provides editing and writing coaches to assist you in bringing your writing up to graduate level expectations. I would also highly recommend becoming involved in your local chapter of your professional organization so that when you graduate you will have already created a network of professionals who can assist you in moving forward in your career.

Professional Skills
anxiety, clinical psychology, couples counseling, creativity, divorce, family therapy, humanistic psychology, Jungian archetypal analysis, life transitions and spirituality, marriage and family therapy, work/life balance