COVID-19 Update from the Program

The Community Mental Health (CMH) Program at CIIS is committed to providing an engaging and dynamic Counseling Psychology education during this time of COVID-19, as well as the pandemic of racism and anti-Blackness. The CMH Program will continue to hold all classes online and virtually through Fall 2021 semester, which means we will not hold any on-campus meetings. CMH and CIIS will continue to monitor the situation daily and will follow current medical guidelines to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff.

We transitioned fairly smoothly into a virtualized classroom. The CMH Program had already been a hybrid of in-person and online learning. As such, our faculty and students are familiar with using online learning platforms to promote connection and deeper integration of learning.  This new situation provides an opportunity for our faculty to continue learning best practices for engagement in a virtualized classroom. 

This shift mirrors much of the work required of therapists in Community Mental Health: flexibility and the ability to adapt our thinking to the environments we are in. As CMH clinicians, we work in schools, sometimes doing therapy out of a broom closet; or in hospitals, where we must figure out how to build a connection when we only see a client once; or working out of a portable office in our car as drive to see clients where they live. Being able to think and work in less-than-optimal conditions is a hallmark of an adaptable therapist in community mental health.

If you have further questions, please contact Alyssa Tran, CMH Program Manager at

Our Community Mental Health program trains students to become licensed therapists and leaders in empowering disenfranchised communities. Our graduates are a driving force in meeting the needs of and creating change for populations who have been underserved and overlooked by traditional counseling services.

CMH: Individual Psychotherapy, Social Justice and Transformation, Liberation, Critical, and Community PsychologiesOur students earn a Master's in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Community Mental Health. Graduates of our program learn to work with individuals, couples, and families while addressing systemic issues that affect mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Many of our alums are proactively involved with public policy, community organizing, defending the rights of underserved groups, and public health.

Our program trains clinicians to practice counseling and therapy in:

In the second year of study, our students develop essential clinical skills and multicultural awareness in practicums at local training sites, including CIIS’ Clinic Without Walls. This unique clinic allows students to treat clients outside of traditional clinical settings, allowing for increased capacity and accessibility.

CMH provides students with a strong theoretical background with an emphasis on practical application:

  • Social justice perspectives
  • Cultural Humility
  • Practice-Based Evidence
  • Psychodynamics, Humanistic Mindfulness, and Family Systems Therapy
  • Trauma-informed therapies
  • Recovery and resiliency models of treatment
  • Community psychology theory and praxis.


Statement of Diversity:

Diversity and the recognition of multiple perspectives is a core value of the Community Mental Health Program at CIIS. We celebrate and embrace these diverse perspectives as a source of strength, creativity, and relevance in our field. Our differences and how we each live those differences - be they of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, abilities, experiences and more - enhance our ability to achieve the Institute's core mission to embody spirit, intellect, and wisdom in service to individuals, communities, and the Earth. We do this by framing our studies in the context of social justice, liberation psychologies and including, respecting, and valuing the voices of the communities we serve in our students, staff, faculty and where we provide service.

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Application Deadline for Fall 2022

February 15, 2022 - 1st Priority deadline. Submit by February 15th, 2022 at 11:59pm PT. for guaranteed review. ​After this date, some programs may be full and only interview for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications. 

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