How to Apply

The application process is hosted by the online platform Submittable. Applications include: Short Answer Questions, Background & Goal Statement (1-2 pages), Resume or Curriculum Vitae, and an optional Scholarship Essay (1-2 pages).

We especially encourage applications from individuals who: identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color; identify as LGBTQIA+, and/or serve marginalized or under-represented populations.

Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until the Spring 2021 cohort is full. Applicants will be notified within one month of submitting their application.

Program Fees

Full Program Fee: $4,000 - $6,000 (Sliding Scale)

CIIS Public Programs and the IETPC team are committed to offering the certificate program in an equitable way that increases accessibility and reaches a diverse array of students. Our sliding scale option allows accepted students to choose their program fee within the designated range.

Deposit: $100 - Applications will not be considered without deposit.


CIIS Public Programs is offering (1) full scholarship ($4,000), (1) half scholarship ($2,000) and (3) partial scholarships ($1,000/each). 

To apply, please write a 1-2 page essay that describes your financial situation and why you are applying for a scholarship; why this certificate is important to you; and, how this training will benefit you and your community. Please indicate which scholarship(s) you are applying to.

We especially encourage scholarship applications from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color; identify as LGBTQIA+, and/or serve marginalized or under-represented populations.

CIIS Community Discount

Current CIIS students, faculty, staff, alumni, and certificate alumni are eligible to receive a 25% discount off the program fee. 

Payment Plans

All accepted students will be eligible for payment plan options (one, two, or four installments) at no extra charge. 

For questions about fees and payment, including payment plans, please contact Kyle at or (415) 655-5561.

Payment and Cancellation Policies

A deposit of $100 is due at the time of application. If you are not accepted, or if you wish to cancel after the payment of the initial deposit, this fee will be refunded. After payment of the initial deposit of $100, payment of the remaining balance of $3,900+ (or the first payment of your payment plan) must be received by February 15th, 2021, to secure your space in the program. Payment plans are available and will be provided to accepted applicants. If a student withdraws before March 15th, 2021, fifty percent of the full fee ($2,000+) will be due. The full fee of $4,000+ is due if a student withdraws after March 15th, 2021.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Credits (CEs) Available 

  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT licenses
  • For questions about CE or receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact CIIS Public Programs at
  • LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.

For questions about this certificate, please contact Kyle DeMedio at or (415) 655-5561.

Meet the Program Leads

Carlin Quinn

Carlin Quinn, LMFT (She/Her) is a psychotherapist, equity coach, facilitator and anti-racist co-conspirator. She is the founder and director of Education For Racial Equity (ERE), a non-profit organization which focuses on providing educational, relational and communal experiences related to healing racial inequities to white communities and communities of color/culture. ERE approaches its organizational practices through an intersectional lens specifically related to the systems of capitalism, racism,and patriarchy so her learning is always happening and never finished. Her equity work began when she entered the field of psychotherapy and realized that whiteness was foundational to the field of mental health, its theories, and its treatments.  She began teaching and consulting within the mental health community, developing an understanding of the impact of systemic oppression and intersectionality on western psychology. 

In her facilitation and private practice work, Carlin uses a combination of critical race theory, psychodynamic theory, somatic practice and humanistic relational approaches to help unearth and address the complexities of whiteness, white supremacy and racial trauma. 

Carlin is also a community organizer and global activist who focuses on bringing intersectional system change to the forefront of the organizations, institutions, and communities she works with. Carlin is a lover of the earth, a singer of song, and she spends quite a bit of time listening to the non-human world for insights and guidance. She currently makes home as a settler on Ohlone territory of the Muwekma Ohlone People, also known as Berkeley, California.

Karine Bell

Karine Bell is a trauma therapist, somatics educator and abolitionist. A bi-cultural Black womxn, she’s also a culturally reflexive anthropologist exploring the intersection of where our bodies/psyches/experiences meet our collective histories. Karine’s current work centers around community building in a virtual community called Rooted. The heart and soul of Rooted is building an ecology of care, exploring concepts and embodied technologies that serve personal and communal healing and liberation.  Karine is also mentored by and works with Resmaa Menakem, author of My Grandmother’s Hands, in the field of cultural somatics and somatic abolitionism, which focuses on body-centered healing around the wounds caused by racialized trauma and white-body supremacy.  She combines continued study in somatics with studies in depth psychology with a focus on community, liberation, indigenous and eco-psychologies.  Her work is guided by the loving hands of her ancestral grandmothers, and is dedicated to her children, whose world entrance ignited the fire of her own trauma alchemy; and to her mother, Jean, whose trauma set her on course to want to understand the nature of our disconnection and disembodiment and how we can reconnect to ourselves, to community and in relationship with the world.  


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