Community Mental Health
Supporting our diverse communities through mental health and social transformation
Application Deadline Information for Fall 2020:
January 15, 2020 - Drama Therapy deadline
February 15, 2020 - First priority deadline for all other programs: Submit by February 15th 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.
July 15, 2020 – Final Priority deadline: Submit by July 15 @ 11:59pm PST.
August 15, 2020 - Final Priority deadline for ACTCM programs
Please note some of our programs are already full and no longer accepting applications - these are Expressive Arts Therapy, Integral Counseling Psychology (weekend and weekday), Somatic Psychology, Women's Spirituality, and Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice.
Other programs may only be interviewing for a waitlist spot at this time, such as: Bachelor of Science in Psychology Online, Clinical Psychology (regular and advanced standing), Drama Therapy, Human Sexuality, Integrative Health Studies, and the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness programs.
The programs that are currently still accepting applications for Fall 2020 as long as there is space:
School of Undergraduate Studies – Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS); and Bachelor of Science in Psychology Hybrid (BSPH)
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Completion Program (DACC); Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine: First Professional Doctorate (DACM); and Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine: Master’s Degree (MSTCM)
School of Consciousness and Transformation – Anthropology and Social Change (ANTH); Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion (ESR); East-West Psychology (EWP); Integral and Transpersonal Psychology (ITP); Integral and Transpersonal Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Psychology (ITPS); Transformative Leadership (TLD); and Transformative Studies (TSD)
School of Professional Psychology and Health – Clinical Psychology (PsyD) - for regular and advanced standing; and Community Mental Health (CMH)
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.