How to Apply

Applications for Certificate Programs may be submitted through CIIS' online platformApplications include: Short Answer Questions, Background & Goal Statement, Resume or Curriculum Vitae, and an optional Scholarship Essay.

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 cohort is full. Applicants will be notified within two months of submitting their application.

Program Fees

Full Program Fee: $3,500 - $6,000 (Sliding Scale)

Application Fee (non-refundable): $50

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.


CIIS Public Programs is offering up to (2) full scholarship ($3,500+), (2) half scholarships ($1,750+) 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. 

Payment and Cancellation Policies

A non-refundable application fee of $50 is due at the time of application. Payment of the program fee of $3,500+ (or the first payment of your payment plan) must be received by April 1st, 2022, to secure your space in the program. Payment plans are available and will be provided to accepted applicants. If a student withdraws before May 15th, 2022, fifty percent of the full fee ($1,750+) will be due. The full fee of $3,500+ is due if a student withdraws after May 15th, 2022.

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.

State Authorization

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. Click here for more information on CIIS & State Authorization.

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

Meet the Program Leads

Carlin Quinn

Carlin Quinn, LMFT (She/Her) is the founder/current director of Education For Racial Equity. She has lived nomadically between Turtle Island and Portugal for the last 4 years and along with having many homes she also enjoys wearing many hats professionally. Most recently these hats have included equity coach, facilitator, therapist, equity consultant to organizations, intentional communities interested in dismantling systems of oppression. Carlin's heart beats for the palpable aliveness that surfaces when humans come together to co-create emergent cultures centered in mutual liberation and rooted in connection, compassion and non-violence.

In her equity work she uses the principles of somatic abolitionism, critical race theory, psychodynamic theory and humanistic relational approaches to attempt to loosen the roots of the complex underpinnings of whiteness, white supremacy and other patterns of dominance baked into white western colonial culture.

As someone committed to co-creating fields for emergent healing culture to be created, she knows in her bones that intersectional justice, mutual liberation, and our relationship with mother earth must be at the center of anything that comes next. Because of this knowing Carlin remains an engaged student; one of the earth and of her elders. She is grateful for the many ways teachers, ceremonies, mentors, clear lineages, and the long standing practice and privilege of being able to listen deeply in life has supported her commitment to wholeness and Liberation.  

Karine Bell

Karine Bell is a trauma therapist, somatics educator and abolitionist. A bi-cultural Black wom xn, 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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