Fall 2020 cycle is closed. Fall 2021 cycle is opening 11/15/2020.
About the Program
Taking a systemic approach, this 60-unit, three-year program integrates the fundamentals of intensive and supplemental case management with an emphasis on counseling, cultural competence and a public sector practicum.
Delivered in a variety of formats, the curriculum graduates students job-ready for high-demand public sector careers and prepared to sit for Marriage and Family Therapy licensure.
Designed in collaboration with leading mental health providers, this program meets critical needs:
- Therapeutic A growing number of clients with multiple diagnoses require a different level and type of therapy.
- Cultural The profession needs more practitioners from diverse backgrounds who are culturally competent and bilingual or multilingual.
- Professional Nearly 70 percent of San Francisco's public mental health work force will retire within the next 10 years-a trend that is echoed throughout the state and the nation
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Online Admissions Application: Begin the application process by submitting an online graduate application and submitting the non-refundable $65 application fee payment.
Degree Requirement: An undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or the equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution.
Minimum GPA: A GPA of 3.0 or higher in previous coursework is required. However, a GPA below 3.0 does not automatically disqualify an applicant and CIIS will consider a prospective student whose GPA is between 2.0 and 3.0. These individuals are required to submit a GPA Statement and are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to discuss their options.
Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended where 7 or more credits have been earned. If transcripts are being mailed to CIIS, they must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes. Transcripts from institutions outside the US or Canada require a foreign credit evaluation through World Education Services (WES) or CIIS will also accept foreign credential evaluations that are in a comprehensive course-by-course format from the current members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
Goal Statement: A one-page statement of professional goals and objectives that shows demonstrated commitment to the field of community mental health.
Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) introspective autobiographical statement emphasizing how you arrived at your current commitment to work in the area of community mental health and describing life experiences that have led to your decision to apply.
Two Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation will be accepted from academic advisors, professors, professional supervisors, or someone able to attest to your ability to undertake the work required for your program. Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address.
Please note: International students and individuals who have studied at institutions outside the US and Canada have additional requirements. Please see the International Student page for additional details.
In selecting candidates for admission, the program considers the following factors to be desirable: a background, interest, and demonstrated commitment to public and community mental health (work or volunteer), and evidence of a commitment to achieving positive health outcomes in these settings.
Alternatively, experience in community planning, community organizing, and/or social justice in a paid or volunteer position will be helpful, as well as sufficient personal stability, and energy to become an effective therapist, and academic records that indicate probable success in completing graduate studies.The statement of professional goals and objectives submitted with the application form should address these issues. In addition to the above considerations, the program seeks individuals who exhibit the interpersonal communication skills required of psychotherapists.These include a congruence of feelings and action, an ability to listen and attend, a willingness to be self-reflective, and an openness to evaluating and changing behaviors and attitudes.As the program operates on a cohort model, students are interviewed about their goals, objectives, and experiences.These interviews aim to create a cohort of students who can support, motivate, and sustain one another during the seven semesters of study.
Foreign Credential Evaluation
For students with an international academic history, please follow these steps for your foreign credential evaluation (e.g. WES – World Education Services):
Please provide your complete and entire academic history on the application form.
For degrees earned outside of the United States or Canada, we will need a foreign credential evaluation. You, the applicant, need to initiate and request this, at your own expense, through a CIIS-approved foreign credential evaluation provider.
CIIS favors foreign credential evaluations provided by WES – World Education Services, and specifically the course-by-course-report. CIIS accepts the WES 'Basic' report, but applicants may wish to complete the 'ICAP'.
CIIS will also accept foreign credential evaluations that are in a comprehensive course-by-course format from the current members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
The foreign credential evaluation is used in lieu of sending original transcripts from abroad to CIIS. Original or notarized copies of the transcripts should only be sent to the foreign credential provider, per the foreign credential provider's instructions; there is no need to send these to CIIS!
When requesting the foreign credential evaluation, choose the appropriate degrees to be evaluated for the degree that you are applying for. If applying for a PhD at CIIS, foreign degrees equivalent to a BA and MA must be evaluated. If applying for an MA at CIIS, foreign degrees equivalent to a BA must be evaluated.
If you have studied abroad as part of a degree received in the United States or Canada (i.e. transfer credits from abroad), no WES evaluation is needed - provided these units are showing on your US/Canadian degree transcript. If you wish to receive transfer units for any courses earned outside of the United States/Canada that are not showing on a US/Canadian degree transcript, we do need a foreign credential evaluation for these courses.
$5000 Diversity Scholarship for School Year 2020-2021
CIIS is a university deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and advocating for social justice. The university, guided by these principles, is offering forty $5,000 Diversity Scholarships for the academic year 2020-2021. In line with our institutional mission of embracing traditions that enhance social and political liberation, these scholarships are intended to support the recruitment of a diverse student body, particularly students historically underrepresented in higher education. The Diversity Scholarship application for Spring 2021 is open as of September 15, 2020. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2020 by 11:59pm PT.
Click here to apply: Spring 2021 Diversity Scholarship Application
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