Community Mental Health Master's Program
CIIS's Community Mental Health program trains students to become licensed psychotherapists and leaders in empowering disenfranchised communities. Our graduates are a driving force in meeting the needs of and creating change for populations who have been underserved and overlooked by traditional counseling services.
Our students learn to address systemic issues within a patient's community and surroundings that affect mental health. Many of our graduates are proactively involved in public policy, community organizing, defending the rights of underserved groups, and public health.
About the Program
This 60-unit, three-year program integrates the fundamentals of intensive and supplemental case management with an emphasis on counseling psychology, cultural competence, and a public sector practicum.
In the second year of study, our students develop essential clinical skills and multicultural awareness in practicums at local training sites, including CIIS’ Clinic Without Walls (TCWOW), a unique clinic that allows students to treat clients outside of traditional institutional settings.
Our curriculum prepares students for high-demand public sector careers and for Marriage and Family Therapy licensure. The program was designed in collaboration with leading mental health providers to meet the following critical needs:
Therapeutic: A growing number of clients with multiple diagnoses require a different level and type of therapy.
Cultural: The profession needs more practitioners from diverse backgrounds who are culturally competent and bilingual or multilingual.
Professional: Nearly 70 percent of San Francisco's public mental health workforce will retire within the next 10 years—a trend echoed throughout the state and the nation.
CMH provides students with a strong theoretical background with an emphasis on practical application:
Social justice perspectives
Psychodynamics, Humanistic Mindfulness, and Family Systems Therapy
Recovery and resiliency models of treatment
Community psychology theory and practice.
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