For nearly 50 years, CIIS’ Integral Counseling Psychology program has trained students in a vision of psychotherapy that combines major spiritual traditions of the East and West and contemporary psychoanalytic, humanistic, systemic, multicultural, and transpersonal psychologies.
As part of CIIS’ Counseling Psychology department, the Integral Counseling Psychology program adheres to the guidelines of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, while also emphasizing the integral philosophy of the late Haridas Chaudhuri. We define integral as “essential to wholeness” and incorporate this view into therapeutic practice that recognizes all aspects of a person’s being.
Our graduates are trained to become licensed therapists who go on to work in private practice, schools, and non-profit organizations. Our faculty have a variety of research interests, among them ecopsychology, trauma theory, dreams and imagination, mystical practices, work with incarcerated people, LGBTQIA+ and activist communities, psychedelic assisted therapy, and Transpersonal, Jungian, and Gestalt psychologies.
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Integral Counseling Psychology
The holistic orientation of the Integral Counseling program invites students to articulate their personal vision of psychology within modern theoretical approaches. Students benefit from a spiritually-oriented, multicultural, libratory framework for therapy with individuals, groups, couples, and families.
CIIS’ Integral Counseling Psychology students are trained to become Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) who understand family and community systems, attachment theory, contemporary trauma theory, cultural/racial dynamics, and transpersonal concepts as a means of treating families, couples, and individuals from varying populations and demographics.
The Integral Counseling Psychology program graduates practice in:
- Private practice
- Schools and other education oriented settings
- Community non-profits
- Hospitals, clinics, and other in and outpatient settings
- Government agencies
This program meets the educational requirements for California's Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) license and California's Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license.
CIIS is one of the largest educators of MFTs, and is also the leader in pass rates among larger schools in California.
How to Apply
Application Deadlines for Fall 2022
The Integral Counseling Psychology Weekday and Weekend format programs are full and no longer accepting applications for Fall 2022.
February 15, 2022 - 1st priority deadline. Submit by February 15th 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.
March 15, 2022 - 2nd application deadline: pending program space availability.
April 15, 2022 - 3rd application deadline: pending program space availability.
May 15, 2022 - 4th application deadline: pending program space availability.
June 15, 2022 - 5th application deadline: pending program space availability.
July 15, 2022 - Fall application deadline