About the New Program

The Clinical Psychology doctoral (PsyD) program is an independent, post-master's clinical training program. It is designed for clinicians who hold a master's degree in psychology, or the equivalent, who wish to deepen and refine their training. The CIIS Clinical Psychology degree fulfills the academic requirements to sit for licensure as a Psychologist in the state of California.*

* The Board of Psychology of the state of California is the sole agency with the authority to grant the psychologist license, and the degree does not fulfill the academic requirements for any of the master's level mental health licenses (LMFT, LPCC, or LPSW).

Deep Integral-Psychodynamic Focus

Our integral-psychodynamic focus offers deep and advanced training in the theoretical ideas and practice of psychodynamic approaches. These theories include but are not limited to:

  • contemporary psychoanalytic
  • feminist psychoanalytic
  • intersubjective, relational, and other psychodynamic ideas

The program considers this body of work and how it relates to humanistic, and transpersonal theories and praxis. Psychodynamic theories are well-developed and address the deep relational aspects of the psychotherapeutic endeavor.

We are among the first PsyD programs to allow students to apply a significant portion of their master's-level preparation toward attaining a PsyD degree. CIIS has the ability to accept students with advanced standing and to transfer up to 30.0 units and waive one practicum placement for those who have completed the MA and who have taken the requisite coursework in their master's programs. Advanced standing allows students to progress through our program in 4 years. This is the equivalent of 2 years of coursework with concurrent practica, a 2-year, half-time CAPIC internship (or optional 1-year full-time).


The dissertation will be completed during the internship. Our dissertation process offers two options:

  • a research dissertation (with a focus on use of qualitative methods) or
  • a clinical dissertation (an in-depth case study).


WASC logoCIIS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WASC-WSCUC).  Graduates of the PsyD program at CIIS are eligible to apply for licensure as psychologists in California and many other states.

Why a CIIS PsyD Degree?

A major benefit of PsyD training at CIIS is the focus on integral-psychodynamic approaches. Our coursework pays attention to the whole person and to the philosophical bases for psychodynamic theory.

We offer a culturally critical and situated view of psychotherapy, as well as advanced and rigorous training in depth-oriented approaches. This unique focus on the depth of training, the dissertation process, and having exposure to assessment processes at a more complex level are central features of earning a PsyD degree.

"The program challenged me to bring my gifts to the table. The environment fostered the exploration of Eastern and Western approaches to health and healing, multiple perspectives on mind, body and spirit, and expanded my discourse of the measurable and immeasurable facets of the human psyche. Combined with the knowledge and dedication of the faculty, the amazing students, and the exciting classes and offerings, this was a rigorous and unique academic environment for personal and professional growth."—Priya Bhogaonker, PsyD Alum

WASC Accreditation and Career Advancement

With doctoral-level training from a WASC-accredited institution, a career in psychotherapy can include: 

  • the ability to charge greater fees for services due to the depth of training and specialization
  • expanded opportunities for publishing and consulting
  • teaching and supervision positions that are only available to doctoral-level clinicians

CIIS, and the San Francisco Bay Area at large, are at the forefront of change in the psychology field. We welcome you to come visit us and learn more about the CIIS Clinical Psychology experience.

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