COVID-19 Update from the Program

ICP and ICPW will continue to hold all classes online and virtually through Summer 2021 semester, which means we will not hold any on-campus meetings. The program and CIIS will continue to monitor the situation daily and will follow current medical guidelines to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff. We feel especially fortunate to have experienced faculty who work well in the online and virtual modalities, and we look forward to working with you as you join our vibrant community. We are currently considering our options for fall 2021 and we will keep everyone apprised of our plans via the CIIS website/Canvas Cafe and emails. If you have any questions, please contact our Program Staff. 

Program Retreats

Due to Covid-19 precautions, the ICPW program retreat will be held virtually this year. The online gathering is scheduled during the first week of August. The ICP day program will not have a retreat until further notice. Please continue to check back for more information regarding our in-person intensives. We will continue to prioritize health and wellness as we await the return of our beloved in-person retreat time!

About the Program

For nearly 50 years, the Integral Counseling Psychology program at CIIS has trained students in a vision of psychotherapy that combines major spiritual traditions of the East and West with contemporary psychoanalytic, humanistic, systemic, multicultural, and transpersonal psychologies. In both our weekday and weekend formats our students learn excellent clinical skills and go on to be practicing licenced therapists in a wide variety of fields.

The Integral Counseling Psychology program adheres to the guidelines of the BBS while emphasizing the integral philosophy of the late Haridas Chaudhuri. Integral means “essential to wholeness” and incorporating this view in a therapeutic practice recognizes that all aspects of a person’s being are important. Using an integral approach, we challenge the separation of body, mind, and spirit that has dominated Western psychotherapy.

Our transpersonal orientation provides an overarching framework for our student’s clinical work while supporting an emphasis on multicultural competence that can be applied to work with individuals, couples, and families.

Our Approach

Understanding the Field

We invite our students to situate and articulate their personal vision of integral psychology within modern theoretical approaches. Upon graduation, our alums are trendsetters in the field by continually reexamining theoretical biases and practices in light of new information and experience

Clinical Skills

Developing strong clinical skills is the core of our curriculum. In addition to coursework our students develop their clinical skills in a year long practicum at one of our Integral Counseling Centers or another site of their choosing. Our graduates can conceptualize frameworks and appropriate interventions; diagnose, assess and make practical treatment plans; and can attend to the needs and goals of the client, including being able to identify client strengths, resilience, worldview, and resources. 

Personal Growth

A hallmark of the Integral Counseling program is significant personal growth. Through experiential coursework our students actively combine their inner experience and development as a person with their preparation to work as therapists. 

Diversity Awareness 

The Integral Counseling Psychology program is committed to discussing multiculturalism as an essential part of psychology. We understand the fundamentally Eurocentric context within which most Western therapeutic models developed and explore the impact of power and privilege on those in the dominant and nondominant cultures. Through coursework, projects, and clinical training, students actively engage in an exploration of their own filters and biases while being challenged to understand differentness, and develop competencies in applying diversity sensitivity to their clinical practice. 

Career Paths 

Our students are trained to become well rounded Licenced 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. 

Our Integral Counseling Psychology graduates practice in: 

  • Private practice
  • Schools and other education oriented settings
  • Community non-profits
  • Hospitals, clinics, and other in and outpatient settings
  • Government agencies

Apply Now 

Spring and Fall 2022 applications are open for ICP!

Spring 2022 applications are open as of September 15, 2021

Application Deadlines for Spring 2022:

October 15, 2021 - 1st Priority deadline. Submit by October 15th, 2021 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.
November 15, 2021 - 2nd deadline. Please submit by November 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm PT for review.

Please note the ICP weekend program does not accept applications for a spring start - only the ICP weekday program has a spring start.

Fall 2022 applications are open as of November 15, 2021

Apply Deadlines for Fall 2022:

February 15, 2022 - 1st Priority deadline for ICP programs. Submit by February 15th, 2021 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. 

Apply now at apply.ciis.edu/apply

Read more about our application requirements or join us at an upcoming event.

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