California Institute of Integral Studies

Introduction

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an innovative, forward-thinking university based in San Francisco, California.

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At CIIS, you engage in issues vital to you, to today's world, and to your personal growth, exploring the deep connections that unite them. You study in innovative academic programs at the undergraduate or graduate level and encounter a lively and diverse community of learners that honors multiple ways of teaching, learning, and knowing. Here you find the knowledge and experience you need for the life and career you want.

At the university, you can choose from 25 different academic programs and:

  • Pursue a one-of-a-kind course of study that offers you expansive ways of looking at the world in an academically rigorous setting
  • Build your capacity as a healer, change-maker, scholars, and community leader
  • Explore traditions of knowledge from many cultures and viewpoints, while experiencing some of the most forward-looking visions of the future
  • Connect with internationally recognized faculty who are committed to your education
  • Train with experienced clinicians at one of our award-winning counseling psychology or acupuncture centers
  • Create practicums or capstone projects that immerse you in collaborations with the communities you study
  • Enjoy lectures, concerts, art exhibits, and performances
    • CIIS is a private, non-profit university, accredited since 1981 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC). We offer federal financial aid and scholarships. sth
      CIIS offers 25 academic programs, organized within four schools.

      School of Professional Psychology and Health:

      Clinical Psychology, PsyD
      Counseling Psychology, M.A. with concentrations in:
      • Community Mental Health
      • Drama Therapy
      • Expressive Arts Therapy
      • Integral Counseling
      • Somatic Psychology
      Human Sexuality, Ph.D.
      Integrative Health Studies, M.A.

      School of Consciousness and Transformation:

      Doctor of Philosophy programs:
      • Anthropology and Social Change
      • East-West Psychology
      • Integral and Transpersonal Psychology
      Philosophy & Religion with concentrations in:
      • Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion
      • Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness
      • Women's Spirituality
      • Transformative Studies
      Master of Arts programs:
      • Anthropology and Social Change
      • East-West Psychology, With a certificate in Spiritual Counseling
      • Philosophy & Religion with concentrations in:
      • Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion
      • Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness
      • Transformative Leadership
      • Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice
      Master of Fine Arts programs:
      • Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts
      • Theatre-Performance Making
      • Writing and Consciousness

      ACTCM at CIIS

      • Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM)
      • First Professional Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM)
      • Post Graduate Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)

      School of Undergraduate Studies:

      Bachelor's Degree Completion:
      • Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A.
      • Minor in Critical Psychology offered
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Community Mental Health

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

CIIS has trained MFT's since 1973 and graduates have had one of the highest pass rates on the MFT exam, with a 96% pass rate. Since 1973 the Master's in Counseling Program has responded to changes in the field. [+]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Community Mental Health CIIS has trained MFT's since 1973 and graduates have had one of the highest pass rates on the MFT exam, with a 96% pass rate. Since 1973 the Master's in Counseling Program has responded to changes in the field. Community Mental Health evolved out of this trend in providing innovative educational opportunities and the changing needs in the field. In order to better meet the changing landscape of public mental health, CIIS was an early adapter of the CMH curriculum, and as such, a pioneer in developing master's level coursework and specialty training for those interested in careers in public mental health. In the spirit of the Mental Health Services Act stakeholders in the public mental health system were invited to the table to help plan the needs of master's level counseling students. This included working with local public mental health; community-based organizations; consumers; community members; and service providers. Out of this work the CMH program developed the following program goals: CMH will provide strong clinical training built on Psychodynamics, Humanistic Mindfulness, and Family Systems Therapy Trauma-informed therapies; Recovery and resiliency models of treatment; Social justice perspectives, and Community psychology theory and praxis. CMH trains students with a strong theoretical base to be proficient as licensed, independent mental health practitioners either as a licensed MFT or LPCC. These skills include: Assessment, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment planning; Outcomes Evaluation; Cultural Humility; Best Practices; and Practice-Based Evidence. The CMH program models... [-]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Drama Therapy

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The CIIS Drama Therapy program is one of only three master's programs in the United States both regionally accredited and approved by the North American Drama Therapy Association, and is one of only a handful of such programs in the world. [+]

MA in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Drama Therapy Freedom and possibility are two key words that begin to describe the essence of drama therapy. Life is finite; there are only so many experiences we can have. But in drama, the opportunities and options are endless, enabling us to dive more deeply into the richness of life. And when the dramas are authentic and "real," they have the power to affect, and even alter, our real lives profoundly. For the past thirty years, we have been investigating how therapeutically adapted dramatic processes work over time to heal wounds, facilitate lasting change, and help people reach their highest potential. -Renée Emunah, Program Founder/Director The program allowed me to tap into the limitless storehouse of compassion, imagination, play, and resiliency inside of me and helped me channel all that into my fullest potential as a therapist and human being. It was an all-encompassing and transformative experience. As a storyteller, scholar, and now clinician, the impacts of the Drama Therapy program at CIIS will continue to serve me professionally and reverberate through me and those with whom I come into contact. -Aileen Cho, Program Alumna, MA (2012) One of my most life changing experiences! The Drama Therapy program at CIIS gave me the personal and clinical resources I needed to become a skilled therapist, while remaining in touch with my artist self. -Dorothy Lemoult, Program Alumna, MA (2011) The CIIS Drama Therapy program is one of only three master's programs in the... [-]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy

Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

At CIIS, expressive arts therapy refers to a therapeutic approach with individuals, couples, families, groups, and community-based programs that integrates a wide range of arts modalities in the service of human growth, development and healing. [+]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy The Expressive Arts Therapy Program is still accepting applications for Fall, 2015! What is Expressive Arts Therapy? At CIIS, expressive arts therapy refers to a therapeutic approach with individuals, couples, families, groups, and community-based programs that integrates a wide range of arts modalities in the service of human growth, development and healing. It takes a multi-arts or multimodal approach, integrating painting, drawing, sculpture, dance/movement, music, drama, ritual, poetry, and prose within therapeutic encounters. Expressive arts therapists seek to build a compassionate, supportive, and culturally-sensitive relationship with clients. The expressive arts become the medium through which clients can explore and potentially transform emotional, social, spiritual, and relational issues; identify strengths; and experience new creative insights. Expressive arts therapy processes are used successfully in almost all psychotherapeutic contexts, ranging from work with people faced with chronic and persistent mental health challenges, to the facilitation of human growth and potential. Mission The EXA@CIIS program educates and trains the future leaders of the Expressive Arts therapy field. We use the power of the arts as tools for human development & healing, psycho-spiritual growth, social change, and empowered self-agency. This This is accomplished through an innovative Scholar-Artist-Practitioner model bridging gaps between academic knowledge, clinical practice and community engagement with the arts at the center. Our faculty considers each student to be a unique contributor to the learning community due to their diverse backgrounds, experience and interests. A Comprehensive Training in Counseling and Psychotherapy The... [-]

Master of Fine Arts Programs (MFA)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

As artists, writers and performers in the heart of San Francisco, our work is influenced by technological innovation, cultural transformation, and urban redesign. Our curriculum gives students a chance to focus on their own practice in an interdisciplinary setting. [+]

Master of Fine Arts Programs (MFA) Welcome to the MFA Programs at CIIS! As artists, writers and performers in the heart of San Francisco, our work is influenced by technological innovation, cultural transformation, and urban redesign. Our curriculum gives students a chance to focus on their own practice in an interdisciplinary setting. In our two year, 48-unit intensives you will complete one or more of the following: a book-length manuscript or chapbook an evening-length dance, theatrical, or musical performance a visual arts exhibition in our street level main gallery a social justice/community arts project We offer: Intimate class sizes Mentoring with outstanding, committed faculty A weekend intensive format that is ideal for working adults Diverse perspectives and transdisciplinary approaches to art-making Direct and constant access to the rich Bay Area art scene Art-making can be a pioneering, transformative act that changes-and sometimes revolutionizes-culture. Students in this program become more self-reflective and skillful in their practice. Through intensive and transdisciplinary dialogue, they see their work in a broader artistic, philosophical, and cultural dialogue, and develop innovative, experimental, and meaningful work that challenges personal and cultural narratives and perceptions. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Applicants must meet the general admissions requirements of the Institute. Students must complete their bachelor's degree before beginning the programs; there is no requirement as to the field of study of the undergraduate degree. Students can demonstrate appropriate levels of accomplishment and commitment to their art by means of work samples and personal statements. We welcome students from all backgrounds; however,... [-]

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Anthropology and Social Change MA and PhD Programs

Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

We believe that anthropologists should analyze, discuss, and explore the possible; that they should research alternative institutions; that they need to collectively reflect and debate the dilemmas of other possible worlds. [+]

Anthropology and Social Change MA and PhD Programs The Anthropology and Social Change is unique among graduate programs in the United States due to its focus on activist anthropology. We believe that anthropologists should analyze, discuss, and explore the possible; that they should research alternative institutions; that they need to collectively reflect and debate the dilemmas of other possible worlds. This collective effort of understanding "real utopias" takes the form of analytic and ethnographic study of existing alternatives in the present. Together with the activists of the World Social Forum, we believe that "another world is possible." The role of the new social movements, we are reminded, is not to conquer the world, but to make it anew. What, then, is the role and responsibility of anthropology and other social sciences? In a world riddled with so many crises, few things appear to be more relevant than systematic research of counter-hegemonic knowledge and practices. Social scientists should leave pessimism for better times. Anthropology, in particular, is well equipped to participate in the "nowtopian" task of constructing social scientific knowledge that looks beyond inequality, hierarchy, and ecological disaster. About the MA Program in Anthropology and Social Change The master of arts program in Anthropology and Social Change is unique among graduate programs in the United States due to the its focus on activism and social justice. We recognize social movements as a key location of knowledge production alongside that of the university. The mission of the MA program is to generate... [-]

Asian Philosophies and Cultures MA and PhD Programs

Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

The Asian Philosophies and Cultures Program is committed to integrative, cross-cultural study and research in Asian religions and philosophies as they have developed regionally and impacted each other and the world from the classical period through the present and into the future. [+]

Asian Philosophies and Cultures MA and PhD Programs The Asian Philosophies and Cultures Program is committed to integrative, cross-cultural study and research in Asian religions and philosophies as they have developed regionally and impacted each other and the world from the classical period through the present and into the future. In keeping with this commitment, the program brings together both traditional and contemporary approaches to classical Asian material and, within an integrative framework, brings these approaches to bear on issues of contemporary relevance. Such issues include but are not limited to: Asian religions and conflict, Asian philosophical perspectives and ecology, traditional Asian practices of mindfulness and well-being, and cross-cultural hermeneutics. The program is distinctive in its recognition that spiritual discovery and practice can contribute to academic rigor in the study of Asian religious and philosophical traditions and their application to contemporary challenges. Its scope includes study of Buddhism, Hinduism, Chinese philosophy, and Islam, with respect to their classical development and their continuing global impact in the modern world. Students examine classical texts and contexts, spiritual practices and disciplines, and issues of contemporary relevance such as the contribution of Asian traditions to psychology, cognitive science, modern and post-modern philosophy, and the emergent ecological crisis. Courses in interdisciplinary research methods and optional language study complete the curriculum. Students gain an in-depth understanding of philosophical and religious thought in classical and contemporary contexts through their engagement with the curriculum and collaboration with faculty mentors and fellow students. The curriculum focuses on practical skills... [-]

East-West Psychology MA and PhD Programs

Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

East-West Psychology (EWP) is a multidisciplinary hub and learning community where psychological and spiritual traditions of the East, West, and Indigenous cultures from around the world meet to converse and transform each other. [+]

East-West Psychology The East-West Psychology Department offers three degree programs: Ph.D. in East-West Psychology Master of Arts in East-West Psychology Advanced Certificate in East-West Spiritual Counseling East-West Psychology (EWP) is a multidisciplinary hub and learning community where psychological and spiritual traditions of the East, West, and Indigenous cultures from around the world meet to converse and transform each other. Through its unique combination of cognitive, collaborative, and experiential offerings, the department grounds academic excellence and the acquisition of professional skills in both the personal transformation of students and the cultivation of a spiritually informed scholarship. Our graduates deliver their skills to a world yearning for new sources of meaning and enchantment rooted in deep psychologies and ancient traditions. About MA Program The M.A. in East-West Psychology is a two-year program requiring 36 units of study. The structure of the program is designed to provide an ample degree of flexibility that allows students to focus on specific areas of study, as well as to explore a variety of Western, Eastern, and indigenous approaches to psychology and spirituality. With the guidance of academic advisors, students design their own individualized curriculum, possible area of specialization, and psychospiritual approach. There are no required summer courses, although students may take electives during the summer to expand their studies or distribute their course load over five or six semesters. Admission Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of the Institute. Two letters of recommendation are required from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic work and preparation... [-]

Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion MA and PhD Programs

Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

We live in the midst of one of the greatest transitions in Earth's history. Humanity, having become a planetary force, is now shaping both its own future and the long-term future of millions of species of life. [+]

Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion Programs The Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion program is cultivating hope in a time of socio-ecological crisis. We live in the midst of one of the greatest transitions in Earth's history. Humanity, having become a planetary force, is now shaping both its own future and the long-term future of millions of species of life. This decisive process occupies the most creative personalities of our time. One of the most significant recent developments is the engagement of our spiritual traditions in this transformation of consciousness and society. When the moral force of the world's religions combines with the depth understanding of ecology, humanity will find itself in the very center of that profoundly mysterious process by which the Earth Community is revitalizing itself. OUR MISSION Numerous interlocking ecological crises, including mass extinction of species, climate change, desertification, and poverty, mark the 21st century as a time of unprecedented change and challenge. This ecological devastation calls forth scientific, economic, and policy responses. Yet such standard responses often appear inadequate to the scope of the crisis. Many leading thinkers have come to understand that the ecological crisis represents a crisis of human consciousness, and requires fundamental revisioning of cultural values. The pace of global change calls for an understanding of the process by which humanity came to this crossroads in planetary history. It also calls for more enlightened ways of thinking and being in the world. The world's religious and spiritual traditions offer deep insight into the human condition, along... [-]

MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice

Campus or Online Full time 2 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (WGS) is a transdisciplinary program that prepares graduates to be change-makers who are guided by a sense of meaning, purpose, and vision. [+]

MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice "I change myself, I change the world." -Gloria E. Anzaldua The MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (WGS) is a transdisciplinary program that prepares graduates to be change-makers who are guided by a sense of meaning, purpose, and vision. We are unique among academic programs that study women and gender in that we take seriously the realm of spirit. We bring current scholarship emerging from the fields of women/gender studies, ethnic studies, and related fields into dialogue with scholarship that addresses religion, spirituality, ecology, and healing. Graduates will develop skills that will enable them to either continue in doctoral work or craft careers in the non-profit sector, higher education, or socially conscious entrepreneurship. Distance Learning Program The Women's Spirituality Program recognizes that many qualified prospective students who might wish to earn a graduate degree cannot uproot from their homes and jobs to move to San Francisco. To support people in that situation, we offer our semi-distance learning option. This option is called "semi-distance" because students can live outside the Bay Area and still complete the MA in WGS or PhD in WSE by taking a combination of online and face-to-face courses. Students opting for Distance Learning must complete a minimum of 19 units face-to-face and a maximum of 17 units online to complete their degree. Apply to the Women’s Spirituality MA Program The Women, Gender, Spirituality and Social Justice master's degree is an interdisciplinary degree that integrates a number of... [-]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Integral Counseling Psychology

Campus Full time 2 - 3 years January 2018 USA San Francisco

Drawing upon the major spiritual traditions of the East and West, recent cultural and social sciences research, and the innovations made by contemporary psychoanalytic, humanistic, systemic and transpersonal psychologies, we view psychological healing and growth within the larger context of spiritual unfolding. [+]

Integral Counseling Psychology Master's Program PROGRAM DESCRIPTION This program is experiential, culturally sensitive, and centered on the inner work necessary for becoming a healer. Drawing upon the major spiritual traditions of the East and West, recent cultural and social sciences research, and the innovations made by contemporary psychoanalytic, humanistic, systemic and transpersonal psychologies, we view psychological healing and growth within the larger context of spiritual unfolding. Integral education is not "neck up." It will meet and stretch you on every level: body, heart, mind, spirit. We create a learning community that is both profoundly challenging and deeply supportive. WHY CIIS? Founded in 1973 on the recommendation of Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri, ICP was the first transpersonally-oriented, East-West psychology graduate program in the world. Because our education is so thorough, our students usually achieve the highest pass rates of all graduate degree programs of any significant size in California on the Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) exams. WEEKDAY COURSE Duration: 2.5 years Study mode: Full-time Starting: September or January WEEKEND COURSE Duration: 3 years Study mode: Full-time, 5 weekends per semester (Fri-Sun) Starting: September LEARNING OUTCOMES Earn a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Fulfill all academic requirements for Marriage and Family (MFT) licensure in the state of California.* Hone your clinical skills and professional expertise through practicums in CIIS' counseling centers or at a variety of external sites. Engage in transformative, integral, and transpersonal learning Apply to the Integral Counseling Psychology (MA) Program The program seeks individuals who: have some background... [-]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Somatic Psychology

Campus Full time 2 - 3 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The Somatic Psychology concentration at California Institute of Integral Studies is one of three accredited academic programs in the United States that prepares students to use both conventional and body-oriented approaches to psychotherapy. [+]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Somatic Psychology The Somatic Psychology concentration at California Institute of Integral Studies is one of three accredited academic programs in the United States that prepares students to use both conventional and body-oriented approaches to psychotherapy. Students participate in a vibrant academic community where learning includes both didactic and experiential practices leading to the ability to work with clients holistically and effectively. After completing the program and other Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) requirements for licensure, graduates are prepared to do counseling psychology in both private practice and agency settings. Since its inception in 1980, the Somatic Psychology program has developed a unique learning environment that combines experiential work, rigorous academics, research, and a deep commitment to community. Students in the Somatic Psychology program at CIIS learn a counseling approach that combines traditional practice and understanding with attention to the crucial role of the body in the structure and process of the psyche. The program teaches a developmental sociocultural perspective that explores how embodied affect, expression, identity, and interaction are formed both in families and in communities of participation outside of the family of origin. WHAT IS SOMATIC PSYCHOTHERAPY? Somatic Psychotherapies combine traditional approaches to counseling, including dream work, talk, interpretation, and reflection, with experiential explorations. The underlying insight in somatic psychotherapies is that we enact self-feeling, identity, and connection with others through bodily means. We reach out or pull away, are warm or cold to people, are emotional or restricted in our... [-]

Philosophy Cosmology and Consciousness MA and PhD Program

Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) graduate program is dedicated to re-imagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community. [+]

Philosophy Cosmology and Consciousness Program VOICE AND VISION The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) graduate program is dedicated to re-imagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community. PCC attracts intellectually engaged individuals who are in varying degrees dismayed by what they see happening in industrial societies and who are striving to find meaningful ways to develop their gifts to serve the future of the world. The program supports those called to meet the Earth community's unprecedented evolutionary challenge by offering students a rigorous and supportive learning community in which to find their voice and vision as leaders. Program Description Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) is a graduate program dedicated to reimagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community. The heart of the PCC program is its focus on knowledge that is transformative--of ourselves and of our civilization. It attracts intellectually engaged individuals who are to varying degrees dismayed by what they see happening in industrial societies and who are striving to find meaningful ways to develop their gifts to serve the future of the world. Inspired by Alfred North Whitehead's view that the function of the university is to enable the future to appear, first in conceptual thought, the PCC faculty and graduate students hold in mind three fundamental goals: 1. To open our consciousness, through learning and imagination, to those creative and evolutionary energies suffusing the Earth, the Universe, and the deep psyche that will enable us to participate... [-]

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California Institute of Integral Studies

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San Francisco 94103, United States
Website http://www.ciis.edu/
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