Community Mental Health
Supporting our diverse communities through mental health and social transformation
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. For Fall 2020, all classes will be virtualized. There will be no on-campus meetings. The situation for Spring is undecided, as the CMH Program and CIIS are following current guidelines to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff.
We transitioned fairly smoothly into a virtualized classroom this past Spring. 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 conitnue 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 Emi Kojima, CMH Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Mental Health (CMH) Master's of Arts 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 students learn to address systemic issues within a patient's community and surroundings that affect mental health. Many of our graduates are proactively involved with public policy, community organizing, defending the rights of underserved groups, and public health.
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 (TCWOW). 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:
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.