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, as well as a variety of external placement sites. At the centers and external sites, 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. Common Core Courses - 16 units
MCP 5101 Professional Ethics and Family Law (2 units)
MCP 5108 Psychopathology and Psychological Assessment (3 units)
MCP 5201 Human Development and the Family (3 units)
MCP 6102 Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Counseling (1 unit)
MCP 6401 Research Methods (3 units)
MCP 6502 Child Therapy (2 units)
MCP 6233 Community Mental Health and the Recovery Model (2 units)
* Classes in italics (in sections I, II & III) must be taken before applying for practicum, with the exception of Psychopathology and Psychological Assessment, which may be taking while applying for practicum, but must be successfully completed before starting.
II. Counseling Courses with an emphasis in Integral Counseling Psychology - 27 units
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 and Facilitation (3 units)
MCPI 5610 Therapeutic Communication (3 units)
MCPI 5615 Family Dynamics and Therapy (3 units)
MCPI 6601 Couples Counseling (3 units)
MCPI 6603 Multicultural Counseling and the Family (3 units)
MCPI 7601 Supervised Clinical Practicum: Individual (2 units) or
MCPI 7602 Supervised Clinical Practicum: Group* (2 units) or
MCPI 7604 Supervised Clinical Practicum: School Setting (3 units) - two semesters
* If you started the program in 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 - 14 units
These courses do not have equivalencies in the other concentrations.
ICP 5606 Gestalt Therapy (3 units)
ICP 5621 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (1 unit)
ICP 6501 Transpersonal Psychotherapy* (3 units)
ICP 6577 Psychopharmacology and Human Sexuality (1 unit)
ICP 6830 Trauma (3 units)
ICP 7702 Integrative Seminar (3 units)
ICP 8606 Integral Psychology* (3 units)
* Students may choose to take one or both of these courses.
IV. Electives - 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 and Facilitation course on this retreat, and will take the remaining third at CIIS during the first 8 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.
Students are required to take a minimum of six semester units of practicum. After completing the pre-practicum course work (in italics above), students must apply for practicum approval. Students may be fully approved, provisionally approved, or not approved. Students who are provisionally approved or not approved will receive clear instruction regarding further steps that are recommended or required in order to receive or reapply for approval, as determined by the ICP Program Committee. Recommendations or requirements may include the Clinical Practice Lab class, a request for therapy, and/or a request to demonstrate clinical skills. Once approval is granted, students may submit applications to our Integral Counseling Centers (ICCs) and/or other external sites. The Field Placement Office staff is available for questions regarding external practicum sites and applications.
Students who elect to take practicum at an external site (not an ICC), must register for Group Supervision during their first semester of practicum. They may then choose Individual or Group Supervision for their second and third semesters. Students at an ICC may register for Individual or Group Supervision during their first semester. However, they must register for Individual supervision their second and third semesters. A list of approved supervisors is maintained by the ICP program office.
Personal Therapy Requirement
Students must complete at least one year (50 sessions) of weekly in person individual therapy with a licensed clinician (MFT, LCSW or PsyD) during practicum. Advisors can assist studetns with the choice of therapist, and the ICP program maintains a resource directory of area therapists who work with students.
Additional MFT Requirements
Students who entered graduate study before August 1, 2012 must successfully complete the following workshop as part of the degree program prior to graduation for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT):
- Spousal Abuse Assessment and Reporting (15 hours)
The following workshops may be taken after completing the MA but must be completed before applying for licensure as an MFT. They may be taken through CIIS Public Programs or from another accredited college or university; BBS-approved continuing education provider; or a country, state, or other government entity:
- Human Sexuality (10 hours)
- Psychopharmacology (30 hours)
- Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting (7 hours)
- Aging and Long-Term Care (10 hours)
For students who entered graduate study after August 1, 2012, all course requirements are included within the degree program.
Additional LPCC Requirements
CIIS has been approved by the BBS as officering a qualified degree for those interested in pursuing licensure as an LPCC. The education and practicum requirements are quite specific and will require students to take courses (and semester units) beyond the standard curriculum of this department. Each student must select their license specialization(s) by the end of their first semester. Your academic advisor and the MCP staff will be happy to work with you as you make your decision, which should be documented in writing.
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 7599: Clinical Practice Lab (2 units)
The focus of this course is to provide an in-depth practical exploration of the clinical relationship and how it can deepen and enrich the therapeutic process. We will practice listening skills and working with feelings as well as examining personal issues related to transference, countertransference, and the deepening of empathy. The learning outcomes will be to recognize personal qualities in oneself that might contribute to a more effective clinical relationship, as well as those that could be problematic. In addition, students will learn how to work with one's strengths and challenges to support the therapeutic process. We will be addressing how to identify specific ways of working in the clinical relationship that are useful to one's practice. There will be mostly dyad work to facilitate the process of deepening the clinical relationship in class.
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 and Facilitation (3 units)
This class has two main purposes: to study itself as a group and to learn about group psychotherapy facilitation. The first focus is on addressing increasing empathy and interpersonal sensitivity in a way that will help students develop their therapeutic skills in a group context. The second focus is on learning about different kinds of therapy groups and the different kinds of group facilitation skills necessary to lead such groups.
MCPI 5615: Family Dynamics and Therapy (3 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.
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.