Core Faculty - Expressive Arts Therapy (.75 FTE)

MA Counseling Psychology with Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy Faculty Position



Temporary Core Faculty (Two year contract)


Masters in Counseling Psychology

Program: Expressive Arts Therapy

FTE: 0.75



California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco is a pioneer in integrative higher education, providing interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and applied studies in psychology, philosophy, religion, cultural anthropology, transformative studies and leadership, integrative health, and the arts. The school offers master's and doctoral degrees, as well as a Bachelor of Arts completion degree. We are conveniently located in the SOMA district of San Francisco which is a quick walk from BART, Muni and other public transportation.


The MA Program in Counseling Psychology with Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy Program at CIIS announces an opening for a full-time core faculty position. We are seeking a candidate who has broad and deep familiarity with the counseling psychology and family therapy fields in general and multimodal expressive arts therapy in particular.

Our mission as a program is to educate and train the future leaders of the Expressive Arts Therapy field. We use the power of the arts as tools for human development and healing, psycho-spiritual growth, social change, and empowered self-agency. 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 bringing diverse backgrounds, experience and interests. We believe that individual behavior cannot be understood aside from the social forces that shape human experience. We therefore weave in an examination of the intersections of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic class, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and issues of physical and neurological difference as they impact us personally, interpersonally, and in relation to clinical practice.

The program grants students an MA in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy and prepares students for licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy in the State of California. It also prepares students for eligibility as Registered Expressive Arts Therapists.


The successful candidate will be suitably qualified to teach a range of classes through the lens of expressive arts including:

  • Family Dynamics and Therapy
  • Couples Counseling
  • Research Methods

The Expressive Arts Therapy program is currently undergoing its five-year self study. Ideally, the successful candidate for this position will have knowledge of and experience with WASC assessment procedures in general and the self-study process in particular.


  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology or related field, or enrollment in PhD program at time of application is required.
  • License eligibility as a Psychologist, LMFT, LPCC, LCSW in the State of California or on Licensure track is required.
  • REAT and/or accreditation or registration in one or more creative arts therapy fields at time of appointment or within one academic year strongly preferred.
  • Broad-based knowledge of range of psychological theories and practices including family therapy.
  • Strong clinical experience.
  • Skilled at integrating expressive arts practices into the art of teaching.
  • Strong teaching record with proven ability in weaving multicultural, "intersectional" identity, advocacy and social justice concepts and practices into the curriculum.
  • Strong desire and ability to work as part of a highly collaborative faculty who work "ensemble."
  • Knowledge of the Recovery Model strongly preferred.
  • Student advising experience strongly preferred.
  • Proven experience and skill in teaching and learning online is highly desirable as we are planning to launch a hybrid version of the program in addition to the campus program within the near future.

Owing to the unique nature of the California Institute for Integral Studies' philosophy, candidates are urged to closely review the CIIS website in general and the Expressive Arts Therapy pages in particular to assess personal alignment with programmatic and institutional missions.


Applicants should apply online at by copying and pasting into one document your curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation and a 3-5 page statement detailing the candidate's:

  1. Background as an expressive arts therapist including a full discussion of arts orientation and training.
  2. Background in counseling psychology/family therapy including a discussion of your theoretical orientation.
  3. Personal teaching philosophy and its fit with CIIS's educational philosophy in general and the Expressive Arts Therapy program's mission in particular.
  4. Discussion of your experience of graduate level teaching with diverse students.

If it is easier to upload documents separately, you may submit your supporting documentation to: When sending materials to this email address, be sure to clearly state which position you have applied for.

If you have any questions about the position, please email Majal Logan at



CIIS is committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio- economic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, or medical condition. We seek to increase the presence, representation and inclusion of U.S. historically under-represented people of color, international, bilingual and bicultural students, faculty and staff; and, to provide an environment that will attract and retain individuals identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQQI).