Apply to the Community Mental Health Program
About the Program
Taking a systemic approach, this 60-unit, three-year program integrates the fundamentals of intensive and supplemental case management with an emphasis on counseling, cultural competence and a public sector practicum.
Delivered in a variety of formats, the curriculum graduates students job-ready for high-demand public sector careers and prepared to sit for Marriage and Family Therapy licensure.
Designed in collaboration with leading mental health providers, this program meets 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 work force will retire within the next 10 years-a trend that is echoed throughout the state and the nation.
- Admissions Application: The online application can be found here.
- Non-refundable $65 application fee
- Degree Requirement: An undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or the equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended within the United States. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.
- Goal Statement: A one-page statement of professional goals and objectives that shows demonstrated commitment to the field of community mental health.
- Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) introspective autobiographical statement emphasizing how you arrived at your current commitment to work in the area of community mental health and describing life experiences that have led to your decision to apply.
- Two Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation will be accepted from academic advisors, professors, professional supervisors, or someone able to attest to your ability to undertake the work required for your program. Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.
International students and individuals who have studied at institutions outside the US and Canada may have additional requirements. Please see the International Student page for details.
In selecting candidates for admission, the program considers the following factors to be desirable: a background, interest, and demonstrated commitment to public and community mental health (work or volunteer), and evidence of a commitment to achieving positive health outcomes in these settings.
Alternatively, experience in community planning, community organizing, and/or social justice in a paid or volunteer position will be helpful, as well as sufficient personal stability, and energy to become an effective therapist, and academic records that indicate probable success in completing graduate studies.The statement of professional goals and objectives submitted with the application form should address these issues. In addition to the above considerations, the program seeks individuals who exhibit the interpersonal communication skills required of psychotherapists.These include a congruence of feelings and action, an ability to listen and attend, a willingness to be self-reflective, and an openness to evaluating and changing behaviors and attitudes.As the program operates on a cohort model, students are interviewed about their goals, objectives, and experiences.These interviews aim to create a cohort of students who can support, motivate, and sustain one another during the seven semesters of study.
Please visit Applying to CIIS for more information. If you have any additional questions about admissions, please contact our admissions counselor: