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Healing through social justice and structural change.

The Community Mental Health M.A. was developed in partnership with public and non-profit mental health agencies. It integrates the fundamentals of psychotherapy with cultural humility and an understanding of the impact of trauma and social systems on the individual psyche.

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What is Community Mental Health?

What is Community Mental Health?

What is Community Mental Health?

The Community Mental Health master's program at CIIS 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.

CIIS’ Community Mental Health program integrates the fundamentals of psychotherapy with cultural humility and an understanding of the impact of trauma and social systems on the individual. Developed in partnership with public and non-profit mental health agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area, this program is one of five offered through the Counseling Psychology department at CIIS. 

In order to provide students with the strongest possible foundations, the program incorporates social justice perspectives, cultural understanding, and multifarious theoretical approaches including psychodynamics, Family Systems Therapy, trauma-informed therapies, and recovery and resiliency models of treatment. Through ongoing work in community settings, CIIS faculty help to ensure that the program design continues to meet the needs of community agencies. Our flexible weekend format allows working students to maximize educational outcomes to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

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Which one of our five unique specializations is right for you?

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    Community Mental Health

    Focus on healing through social justice and structural change

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    Drama Therapy

    Utilize drama and theater to promote psychological health

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    Expressive Arts Therapy

    Integrate creative expression with clinical and community practice

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    Integral Counseling Psychology

    Incorporate the mind, body, and spirit into therapeutic practice

    Somatic Pyschology

    Somatic Psychology

    Bring an embodied approach to whole-person healing

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    Somatic Pyschology

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