The ICP program at CIIS can also be completed in a full-time weekend format. This is also designed to include all of the educational requirements for a master's degree program as mandated by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). Students who complete the program in this format are eligible to apply for a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) intern number in the state of California. Students may also elect to take additional coursework to gain eligibility for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license in California.

Schedule

The ICPW program schedule consists of a weeklong retreat each August and 5 weekend sessions every fall and spring semester. Despite not operating in the summer, the program is designed to be completed after three academic years, commencing after the third summer semester. There are no classes in June and July, except when students are enrolled in practicum during the third year.

Weekend sessions are Friday and Saturday 9am-8pm and Sunday 9am-4pm (except for the very first weekend of the program, which extends on Sunday night to 8pm).

Fall, 2015Spring, 2016Fall, 2016Spring, 2017
Aug 9–16 (Retreat)N/AAug 7–14 (Retreat)N/A
Sep 11–13Jan 15–17Sep 2-4Jan 13-15
Oct 2–4Feb 12–14Sep 23-25Feb 10-12
Oct 23–25Mar 11–13Oct 21-23Mar 10-12
Nov 20–22Apr 8–10Nov 18-20Apr 7-9
Dec 11–13May 6–8Dec 9-11May 5-7

Workload

The ICPW program is designed for working adults who are committed to obtaining a graduate education. Students can expect to handle approximately 10 hours a week of coursework. Students will begin practicum during their third year, which adds 10-20 hours each week of clinical training beyond class time and assignments. This will likely require reducing one's workload to accommodate.

Practicum

During the third-year practicum experience, students will have hands-on clinical training and the opportunity to apply theory in direct contact with clients. Practicum prepares students for post-degree internships.During their second year, numerous practicum orientations and specialized staff support students in the process of researching, applying to, and securing placements at a practicum site. Most practicum sites are not available on weekends, so students need to plan for the impact on their employment that a weekday practicum schedule may have.
Sample Curriculum

Fall Intensive, 2014
Fall, 2014
Spring, 2015
Fall Intensive, 2015
Fall, 2015
Trauma
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Spring, 2016
Fall Intensive, 2016
Fall, 2016
Spring, 2017
Summer, 2017

Group Dynamics and Facilitation (2 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.

Therapeutic Communication (1 Unit)

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.

Integral Philosophy, Meditation and Yoga (1 Unit)

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.

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