About the Program

The Climate Psychology Certificate (CPC) at CIIS launches in fall 2022 and will take place as live synchronous learning via Zoom over five weekends. There are no in-person requirements. Upon completion of the virtual weekends, students will receive a digital certificate of completion through Accredible, along with a BBS Continuing Education Certificate for completed hours upon request.

This certificate is designed as additional training for counseling professionals who are licensed, are license eligible, or who have completed their coursework to become license eligible. Under specific circumstances, prospective medical and mental health professionals who are not yet licensed may apply if they have completed the great majority of their coursework and have secured a traineeship or internship for gaining training hours of counseling and psychotherapy and have plans to complete their coursework in parallel.

Types of professionals for whom this program applies include:

  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC)
  • Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) 
  • Clinical and Counseling Psychologists (PsyD)
  • Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (MD & NP)
  • Allied professionals who work within the therapeutic frame

Under specific circumstances, prospective medical and mental health professionals who are not yet licensed may apply if they have completed the great majority of their coursework and have secured a traineeship or internship for gaining training hours of counseling and psychotherapy and have plans to complete their coursework in parallel.

We especially encourage applications from people who identify as people of color, and/or those who serve marginalized and under-represented populations.

Format & Development 

The overall certificate curriculum and format was originally developed by Program Co-Leads Leslie Davenport, MA, MS, LMFT & Barbara Easterlin, PhD in collaboration with CIIS Public Programs. Individual courses within the certificate are designed and delivered by guest instructors. Program Co-Leads will join students throughout the program and provide opportunities for integration and group process.

The certificate will take place online via Zoom and will include lecture, discussion, experiential learning, small group work, as well as applied work in clinical and therapeutic settings. Students will be given additional materials and opportunities to connect between weekends through the online Canvas platform. 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Available

The Climate Psychology Certificate program is offered by an accredited university and this program meets the requirements for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) and is approved for 70 CEUs for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT licenses: 

  • LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.
  • CIIS is not authorized to issue APA CEUs. However, we will work with a third-party provider to offer APA CEUs for certain courses within the certificate, upon request.
  • For questions about BBS CEUs, contact CIIS Public Program at publicprograms@ciis.edu.

State Authorizations

Currently, we are not able to enroll certificate students from the following states due to state authorization requirements. If you are located in one of these states and would like to apply to our program, please sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page, as this policy is subject to change. Learn more information on CIIS & State Authorization.

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

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