Spring 2021 Applications Are Closed

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The Intersectionality & Equity in Therapeutic Practices Certificate (IETPC) at CIIS provides a comprehensive overview of the field of intersectionality and equity and their clinical application. This certificate provides participants with an integrative and robust framework by which to approach their various therapeutic and healing practices. This certificate brings concepts of equity, diversity, power and privilege, racial, disability, and LGBTQIA+ justice, and more to the field of psychotherapy, coaching, and other relational healing professions.

Courses in IETPC cover: the therapeutic relationship across difference; working with ancestry and lineage in the therapeutic setting; trauma in the Indigenous community and Black community; ableism; xenophobia; sexuality and gender bias; anti-Blackness in the field of mental health; somatics of whiteness; an overview of how intersecting systems of oppression impact the therapeutic relationship and concepts of health and healing.

CIIS' history of contributions in the fields of counseling psychology, integral health, and social justice form the basis for our approach to the certificate. Students will learn from a diverse array of instructors and engage in multiple teaching modalities—including somatics, group process, individual reflection, meditation, Caucus spaces, and experiential practices. In addition, the facilitators will pay specific attention to different learning styles and different cultural representations within the participant cohort. Facilitators and students will question and deconstruct the social structures and foundations of western psychology.

This semester long training is suitable for psychotherapists, counselors, social workers, couples’ therapists, coaches, and allied professionals who are committed to more equitable and accessible therapy. We especially encourage applications from individuals within the above list who: identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color; identify as LGBTQIA+, and/or serve marginalized or under-represented populations.

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)
  • Certified Coaches
  • Counselors
  • Allied Professionals

The IETPC program is offered by an accredited academic institution, and provides BBS Continuing Education Credits (CEs) for California licensed LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LMFTs. IETPC is delivered through online live synchronous instruction. Participants meet virtually via Zoom on 3 weekends (Friday through Sunday). Between weekends, students and facilitators interact via the online learning platform, Canvas. Upon completion of the three virtual weekends, students will receive a certificate of completion, along with a BBS Continuing Education Certificate for completed hours (upon request).

Disclaimer: This certificate provides intersectionality and equity training for those working within the therapeutic frame, but does not certify a practitioner to offer ‘therapy’ services.

 Spring 2021 Cohort Weekends
(to be held online via Zoom)

Weekend One
March 4 (9am-12pm U.S. Pacific Time)
March 5 - 7 (8am-3pm U.S. Pacific Time)

Weekend Two
April 9 - 11 (8am-3pm U.S. Pacific Time)

Weekend Three
May 14 - 16 (8am-3pm U.S. Pacific Time)

Learn more about IETCP and how to apply at our Details Page.
Explore who is teaching IETPC courses at our Instructors Page.
Learn answers to your questions by going to our Frequenly Asked Questions Page.

To learn more about the program and the types of professionals for whom it applies and for questions about this certificate, please contact Kyle DeMedio at kdemedio@ciis.edu or (415) 655-5561.

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