Course of Study for the ICP Program
The Integral Counseling Psychology program strives to educate students in the dynamics of transference and psychoanalytic theory, and to provide training in the more experiential therapies, such as Gestalt and existential psychotherapy.
The program meets these goals in the following ways:
- Providing beginning students with a variety of learning experiences designed to help them develop the clinical skills necessary to be a psychotherapist.
- Advancing a view that places psychological growth and healing into a larger context of spiritual unfolding. Classes explore the integration of spiritual and psychological approaches to development, personality, and society.
- Offering students the opportunity to participate in the work of the Integral Counseling Centers, the CIIS run community mental health services. At the centers, students at various levels of experience are given an opportunity to apply their counseling skills.
The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Integral Counseling Psychology requires 60 semester units of work, divided between required courses and electives.
I. Counseling Courses
MCP 5101 Professional Ethics and Family Law (2 units)
MCP 5201 Human Development and the Family (3 units)
MCP 5108 Psychopathology and Psychological Assessment (3 units)
MCP 6102 Alcohol and Chemical Dependency (1 unit)
MCP 6401 Research Methods (3 units)
MCP 6502 Child Therapy (2 units)
MCP 6546 Community Mental Health (3)
II. Counseling Courses with Emphasis in Integral Counseling Psychology
The following courses have equivalencies in the Community Mental Health, Drama Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Somatic Psychology concentrations. These equivalent courses cover the same content, but from the perspective of their own concentrations:
MCPI 5501 Psychodynamics (3 units)
MCPI 5602 The Clinical Relationship (3 units)
MCPI 5604 Group Dynamics (3 units)
MCPI 5605 Family Dynamics (4 units)
MCPI 5610 Therapeutic Communication (3 units)
MCPI 6601 Couple Counseling (3 units)
MCPI 6603 Multicultural Counseling and the Family (3 units)
MCPI 7601 Supervised Clinical Practicum: Individual (2 units) (minimum 3 semesters) or
MCPI 7602 Supervised Clinical Practicum: Group* (2 units) (can be one of three practicum semesters) or
MCPI 7604 Supervised Clinical Practicum: School Setting (3 units) (two semesters)
*If you started the program Fall 2012 or later and are at an external practicum site, you are required to take Group Supervision your first semester of practicum.
III. Integral Counseling Psychology Concentration Courses
These courses do not have equivalencies in the other concentrations.
ICP 5606 Gestalt Therapy (3 units)
ICP 5621 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (1 unit)
ICP 7702 Integrative Seminar (3 units)
ICP 6501 Transpersonal Psychotherapy (3 units)
ICP 6700 Trauma: An Introduction to Treatment (2 units)
ICP 8606 Integral Psychology (3 units)
IV. ElectivesGeneral Electives
Units can be taken from any CIIS program. ICP offers the following electives:
- Psychosynthesis (3 units)
- Hakomi (2 units)
- The Art of Listening (2 units)
- Inquiry into True Nature: Exploring Body, Personality and the Soul (3 units)
A four-day, residential intensive focused on Group Dynamics is required at the beginning of the ICP Program. Students will take two-thirds of the 3-unit Group Dynamics course on this retreat, and will take the remaining third at CIIS during the first 5 weeks of the regular semester. This will be an opportunity to meet with other students in the incoming cohort and to learn experientially about group dynamics in an intensive setting. It will be held at the Institute of Noetic Sciences retreat center in Petaluma, CA, just north of San Francisco. Further details will follow upon admission to the program. Please see below for a description of this course.
Workshops Required for GraduationThe following additional nonunit workshop must be taken prior to graduation through CIIS Public Programs or another educational institution:
- Spousal Abuse Assessment and Reporting (15 hours)
Workshops Required for Licensure
The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) also requires that the following workshops be taken prior to application for Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) licensure:
- Human Sexuality (10 hours)
- Psychopharmacology (30 hours)
- Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting (7 hours)
- Aging and Long-Term Care (10 hours)
These workshops are offered through CIIS Public Programs and other educational institutions.
Selected Course Descriptions
ICP 5606: Gestalt Therapy (3 units)
Gestalt Therapy will be presented as an adjunct to Existential Philosophy and Therapy, and as a natural reflection of Humanities Psychology. The elements of Gestalt therapy will be demonstrated—i.e., contact boundaries, awareness, figure formation, the Gestalt theory of neurosis, and disturbances at the boundaries. The primary emphasis will be on working in the “here and now” with a process-oriented focus.
ICP 6501: Transpersonal Psychotherapy (3 units)
An overview of transpersonal psychology with an emphasis upon integral approaches to psychotherapy. Focus upon specific clinical issues in the field, such as spiritual emergency, meditation and psychotherapy, altered states of consciousness, and opening the heart; and psychospiritual methods for working with clients.
ICP 8606: Integral Psychology (3 units)
Sri Aurobindo’s integral yoga and integral philosophy, including Haridas Chaudhuri’s contributions, form the spiritual foundation of the Institute. As an integration of the major schools of Vedanta, Yoga, and Tantra, integral philosophy provides an integrative framework for the many divergent schools of Western psychology as well as a synthesis of Eastern psychological perspectives. Integral psychotherapy is a psychospiritual method of working that is relational, embodied, and transformational.
MCP 6502: Child Therapy (2 units)
Techniques to remedy or prevent problems in children and their families. Case material introduces strategies of intervention.
MCPI 5201: Human Development and the Family (3 units)
Theories and research in life transitions, stages of development, and rites of passage, from prenatal conditions through adult experience to dying.
MCPI 5501: Psychodynamics (3 units)
Presents a history of psychodynamic ideas and their application in clinical settings. Offers a historical perspective beginning with Freudian theory through the development of object relations theory. Covers basic theoretical and clinical concepts, clinical theories about the self and self-development, and the topics of countertransference, transference, and defense. Examines relationships between psychodynamic and other clinical theories.
MCPI 5602: The Clinical Relationship (3 units)
The relationship between therapist and client is one of the central concerns of contemporary theories of therapeutic change. This course explores the relationship between therapist and client from the perspectives of contemporary psychoanalysis, humanism, and self-psychology. Provides various perspectives on transference and countertransference, and how to work with these dynamics in the clinical setting.
MCPI 5604: Group Dynamics: T-Group (3 units)
This course has a specific focus: to improve our interpersonal sensitivity and our interpersonal skills in a way that will serve us as therapists. The goal is to learn how empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard can inform our interpersonal communication. In our speech, we will do our best to learn how to tell the truth in the context of compassion.
Truth and compassion are equally important criteria. In our listening, we will try to reduce our defensiveness—i.e., we will seriously consider feedback that may not fit our self-image and also be willing to explore our contribution to a given interaction.
MCPI 5605: Family Dynamics (4 units)
This course explores the various schools of family therapy, including the work of Whitaker, Satir, Bowen, and Minuchin, as well as strategic, narrative, internal family systems, and core focused family therapy. There will be a strong experiential component involving in-depth study of each student’s family of origin through psychodramatic or monodramatic formats or sculpture, as well as through live demonstrations of therapy sessions with students’ family members. In the lab, each student will have an opportunity to practice conducting a role-play family therapy session.
MCPI 5610: Therapeutic Communication (3 units)
This course provides an overview of key concepts and methods in therapeutic communication, integrating psychodynamic, humanistic, and other approaches. Experiential portion includes role-play and simulations. Includes the experiential portion of Therapeutic Communication.
MCPI 6603: Multicultural Counseling and the Family (3 units)
This course provides an overview of multicultural counseling through exploration of ethnic, social, and cultural mores and values of representative social groups and special populations.