Applications will open on February 15, 2023 for the cohort beginning in September 2023 and ending in Spring 2024. We will update this website with cohort information as soon as possible and advertise here when admissions for 2023 are open. 

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To give you an idea of the quality and content of our program, you may review the information posted here for the 2022 program.

Application Dates for the 2022 Class

Applications for 2022 are open beginning September 8, 2021 and will close October 24, 2021.

All application materials must be uploaded between the above dates. Separate documents and sections of the application may be saved, which allows the applicant to finish the submission later. The admissions application and additional materials, including optional scholarship or need-based aid application statement, must be submitted no later than October 24th. No additional materials can be added once the application has been fully submitted.

  • Applications Open: Wednesday, September 8, 2021
  • Applications Close: Sunday, October 24, 2021

Our goal is that all invitations for admission, need-based aid, and scholarship awards will be given before or on January 22, 2022.

For questions regarding online application submissions, please contact the Certificate Admissions Manager, Dr. Cathy Coleman, at, or call the Center at: 1-415-575-6261.

2022 Eligibility Criteria for the Certificate

The certificate is designed for advanced professionals working in related therapeutic areas: licensed mental health clinicians, specific medical professionals, and ordained/commissioned clergy and chaplains. Licensed professionals in these specializations must have an MA/MS, MSW, RN-BSN or higher degree in behavioral health, medicine, or mental health fields. Clergy and chaplains must be trained in a recognized program with multiple teachers within one or more of the major world religions, hold an MDiv, have completed 4 units of CPE, and be ordained or commissioned prior to application. In 2022, pre-licensed applicants are not eligible for the certificate program.

Boston and San Francisco Hybrid Cohort Eligibility:

These professionals who hold the following specific advanced degrees and licensure, commissions, or ordinations may apply to the hybrid certificate programs:

  • Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LAADC with MA)
  • Attorneys in Counseling Specialties (JD)
  • Behavioral Analysts (BCBA/BCBA-D with MA/MS or PhD)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM with MS)
  • Clinical and Counseling Psychologists (PhD/PsyD)
  • Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
  • Counseling Nutritionists (RD, RDN, CNS, or CCN with MA/MS)
  • Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)
  • Naturopathic Doctors (ND)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NP with MS)
  • Occupational Therapists (OT with MA/MS)
  • Ordained Clergy and Commissioned Chaplains (with M.Div. and 4 units of CPE)
  • Pharmacists (MS or PharmD)
  • Physical Therapists (PT with MA)
  • Physician Assistants (PA)
  • Physicians and Psychiatrists (MD/DO)
  • Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC/LPC)
  • Registered Nurses (BSN or higher)
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners (TCM with MA/MS)

Online-only Cohort Eligibility:

Only professionals who hold the following specific advanced degrees and licensure may apply to the Online-only certificate program:

  • Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LAADC with MA)
  • Behavioral Analyst (BCBA/BCBA-D with MA/MS or PhD)
  • Clinical and Counseling Psychologists (PhD/PsyD)
  • Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
  • Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (NP with MS)
  • Psychiatrists (MD/DO)
  • Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC/LPC)
  • Psychiatric Registered Nurses (BSN or higher)

These are strict criteria and only people with the above degrees and credentials are eligible to apply. For these professionals, we welcome applicants with a substantial background in psychological treatment with diverse populations, and/or spiritual direction in: behavioral medicine, chronic trauma and PTSD, palliative care, hospice, psychiatry, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, oncology, mediation and resolution, and/or pain management.

The Center for Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research especially encourages applications from eligible individuals within the above list who: identify as people of color; identify as LGBTQ+; are military veterans/service members; are clinical CIIS and ACTCM faculty, students, alumni, supervisors, adjuncts, and staff; and/or serve marginalized and under-represented populations.

For medical professionals, clergy, chaplains, and counseling attorneys, those applicants with substantial experience in providing psychotherapy, counseling, pastoral care, mediation, and/or spiritual direction will be considered strong candidates for the certificate program.

Criteria for Clergy and Chaplains: Ordained clergy and commissioned/ordained chaplains are considered as applicants if they actively serve in pastoral counseling and spiritual direction within the well-known world religious traditions. The three requirements for this group are that they must: have earned an accredited M.Div. with study in psychology and therapeutic skills; be ordained or commissioned within a supervised traditional and established curriculum with multiple teachers; and have completed 4 units of CPE prior to application. We encourage submissions from these applicants. There is aid available for clergy and chaplains who demonstrate financial need.

Criteria for Counseling Attorneys: Only JD licensed attorneys with demonstrated supervised training and counseling work with families, couples, and individuals in several specific areas are eligible to apply. These areas are limited to: divorce mediation, child custody mediation and resolution, end-of-life counseling, estate plan counseling, family and elder law counseling, and community dispute resolution. A strong candidate will be an applicant who did this counseling work under clinical supervision in non-profit or service agencies for the benefit of marginalized populations. Counseling attorneys must have passed the bar, been licensed prior to applying, and have earned certifications in one or more of these specific areas.

Criteria for Eligible Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners, Physical Therapists, Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Certified Nurse-Midwives, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, Behavioral Analysts, and Counseling Nutritionists: These professionals must have an accredited master’s or doctoral degree in one of these specific disciplines, as well as the applicable license. These specific credentials are required for the above 2022 applicants.

International Licensed Medical and Mental Health Professionals: The Center welcomes and accepts applicants from outside the U.S. We review the licensing credentials from non-U.S. professional boards on a case-by-case basis. To date, we have had the pleasure of training 52 international physicians and licensed psychotherapists.

Continuing Education Hours and Credits

Trainees may earn up to 30 approved hours of applicable Continuing Education Hours and Credits for an additional administrative fee. Please see the details below of the organizations with which the certificate program has contracted to provide Continuing Education Hours and Credits.

In 2019, 2020, and 2021, many of the psychedelic-assisted training certificate classes were approved by these three organizations for up to 30 credit hours.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Physicians and Nurses: CME AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM  from CME Consultants.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Psychologists and Nurses: CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain this document for 4 years after the course concludes. SCA is an approved CE provider for National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (CEP Number 100196).

For questions about enrolling in CE or receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Cathy Coleman, PhD, at

For other questions about CEs contact David Lukoff, PhD at

Information on Continuing Education Credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs: This course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (Provider #85777). CIIS maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Students are awarded a certificate of completion for course work after paying the continuing education fee and completing the CE program evaluation. Certificates are mailed to students.

2022 Application Materials

All application materials will be uploaded at, beginning on our open admission start date of September 8, 2021. Selected candidates will be invited to interview with an admissions committee member as the next step in application for admission. Only candidates who have turned in all of their application materials will be considered for the interview stage. This interview will be via videoconference. Not all applicants will be invited for an interview.

A 2022 completed application will consist of the $150 non-refundable application fee and the following materials:

  • Certificate Application Form
  • Background and Goal Statement
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Credential Documents (for degrees, license, ordination and/or commission)
  • Professional References
  • Scholarship and Need-Based Aid Application Statement (optional)

Certificate Application Form: Applicants will apply via CIIS’ application portal, where applicants will submit their information and documents. This process will be completed online including paying the application fee.

Background and Goal Statement: In 2-3 pages, you will describe your background and interest in this certificate. Tell us anything pertinent regarding your personal development and progress through the stages of licensure, commissioning, or ordination. Please include descriptions of your training in therapy, medicine, counseling law, or spiritual direction. Share how you learned the following topics didactically and where you practiced these skills and knowledge with diverse clinical populations: the understanding of psychological diagnoses; understanding of the therapeutic alliance; how to conduct individual and group psychotherapy; recognition of transference and counter-transference; skills in addressing diversity, inclusion, and belonging; maintaining professional and pastoral boundaries; and confidentiality. Tell us how you integrate psychology, mindfulness, or spirituality into your own practices of personal development.

In addition, your goals are important to us. Please share with us what you hope to do with this certificate. Make sure to consider both the ways you might use this training for your current work in the world, to expand your skills in advocating for inclusion and equity in healthcare, and how this training can contribute to your long-term life goals.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Applicants will include a resume or CV that outlines the history of their higher education, licensure, ordainment, or commission status, practica, internships, residencies, work in service to communities, pastoral care, and fieldwork.

Credential Documents: For licensed and ordained/commissioned applicants – Applicants will submit: a copy of their current license(s); or for clergy, commission/ordination papers and documentation of 4 units of CPE (400 hours); or for counseling attorneys, any post-graduate certifications in counseling fields.

Professional References: Applicants will submit the names, email, phone contact information, and relationship to the trainee of one or two current or past clinical supervisors, mentors, and/or professors who are willing to be a reference. We prefer contacting references rather than reading letters of recommendation.

Scholarships and Need-based Aid

We receive funding from generous donors for scholarships for students from underrepresented communities enrolling in the Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research. These scholarships are awarded to certificate students and will help promote equity in this emerging field and access to these healing medicines for all diverse communities. The George Sarlo Foundation funded the Ricci Coddington Diversity Scholarships. We would like to thank all our certificate program graduates who generously funded scholarships since 2016. The Certificate Alumni Association created a substantial scholarship fund for indigenous and POC enrollees for which we are very grateful. Dr. Jesus Gomez established The BIPOC Scholarship; Dr. Denise Renye established a scholarship for a student who came from a working-class family; and Elizabeth Baer provided a scholarship for a student who identifies as a person of color. For 2020-2022, Dr. Wendy Feng has funded a three-year gift to establish The Monnica T. Williams Scholarships and The Indigenous Scholarships. The Boston Psychedelic Research Group established a scholarship fund for Boston cohort BIPOC enrollees. Thank you to trustees of CIIS, Dr. Ricki Pollycove, Betsy Gordon, and Maeve Rockefeller for additional scholarship funding. We would also like to thank all our generous donors throughout the years who have made substantial gifts to provide scholarships to certificate trainees.

The certificate program sponsors significant scholarships and need-based aid for applicants under six specific criteria. We encourage applicants to apply if they meet any of the criteria. To apply for the 2022 need-based aid and scholarships, applicants will write a 1-page letter describing their membership in any of the groups below. It will help your application if you also tell us key facts about your financial situation, but this is not necessary unless you are applying based on financial need. The Scholarship and Need-based Aid statement letter is due with the application materials. Our goal is that applicants for aid will be notified on a rolling basis through January 22, 2022.

  • Those in demonstrated financial need
  • Those identified as BIPOC
  • Those identified as LGBTQ+
  • Those who are military service members/veterans
  • Those who are serving marginalized communities
  • Clinical CIIS and ACTCM faculty, students, alumni, supervisors, adjuncts, and staff

2022 Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Applications will not be considered without payment of the application fee at time of full submission.

Application Fee: $150 non-refundable

Tuition Cost: $9,300

Tuition Payment: When an applicant is offered admission to the 2022 program, an initial payment is due within three weeks of the offer of admission or by February 1, 2022, whichever comes first. This tuition payment will secure your space in the program.

Payment Schedules: The $9,300 tuition, less any scholarship or demonstrated need-based aid awarded, may be paid in one, two, or six payments.

  • One Payment Option: Due February 1, 2022
  • Two-Payment Option: One-time $50 processing fee added. Payments due February 1 and June 1, 2021.
  • Six-Payment Option: One-time $100 processing fee added. Equal payments due February 1, March 1, April 1, May 1, June 1, and July 1, 2022.

Continuing Education Payments (Optional): For those trainees who choose to receive the available Continuing Education Hours or Credits, there will be an additional charge of $10 per credit or hour.

Withdrawal and Deferral Policies: Any student who wishes to withdraw or defer may do so at any point in the program. Requests for withdrawal or deferral must be documented in writing to the Associate Director and the Admissions Manager of the program. The Admissions Manager will determine if any tuition is due back to the student, based upon the program’s published payment deadlines and the date of documentation of the student’s request. The CIIS business office will send students any funds due by check.

The following policies and dates apply to withdrawal from the program. Any scholarships, needs-based aid, and payment processing fees will be deducted before the tuition refund is determined. The following is the withdrawal fee schedule for students who choose to withdraw from the program.

  • If the student withdraws from the certificate program before Tuesday, March 15, 2022, all tuition paid to date will refunded, less $500 and any applicable payment processing fee.
  • If a student withdraws from the certificate program on or after Tuesday, March 15, 2022 and before Wednesday, June 1, 2022, then 25% for their full tuition (minus scholarships and needs-based aid) will be due and the remainder will be refunded.
  • If a student withdraws from the certificate program on or after Wednesday, June 1, 2022 and before Thursday, September 1, 2022, then 50% of their full tuition (minus scholarships and needs-based aid) will be due and the remainder will be refunded.
  • The full tuition fee of $9,300 (minus any payment process fee, scholarships and need-based aid) is due if a student withdraws from the certificate program on or after Thursday, September 1, 2022.

For both withdrawn and deferred students who wish to re-enter or re-apply to the program in the future:

  • Students who have withdrawn may reapply at any time in the future but must pay the new application fee when reapplying. A student who withdrew from a previous year will need to pay all of the tuition (at beginning of program or in a payment plan option) for the new year in which they reapplied and will complete the entire new year's coursework.

  • Deferred students who wish to return to the program at a later date will not need to re-apply if they paid a non-refundable deferment fee. If the deferment fee was not paid, then the student must completely reapply. A student who deferred will be given credit for any payments retained by CIIS from the original year's tuition. For a student who deferred, classes that the deferred student attended in the original year which are identical to the re-admitted year's classes will be waived.

  • If requested, Continuing Education hours or credits will be awarded for classes for which the student filled out the appropriate paperwork prior to the date of withdrawal or deferral.

  • Scholarships and discounts do not carry forward from the original year: new application statements for scholarships and discounts must be submitted and reviewed.

Policy for Missed Classes

Please note that students must complete the entire curriculum in order to receive the certificate. Should a student miss 1 or 2 classes of an instructor, we will consult with that student to find an appropriate make up option. This make-up assignment may potentially be at an additional cost (such as the day long Holotropic Breathwork class). Or a student may be able to opt to do a special project at possible additional cost with their mentor-supervisor. In certain cases, the student may find a class elsewhere to fulfill the requirement. All make-up classes must be chosen from an approved list or be approved by Karen Cooper, Instructional Supervisor. However, there are defined circumstances involved if any student misses more than 25 hours in the classroom. They may be asked to take a portion of the certificate hours with the 2023 cohort of students. In this special case, the certificate will then be conferred as soon as the trainee completes the missed work with the 2023 cohort.

Special Circumstances for MAPS Modules at CIIS: Should a student miss any of the MAPS training, the student will need to make arrangements to make up that time with a designated MAPS representative. We interface with the student and MAPS for each individualized circumstance in order to create solutions in this case. We recommend an applicant carefully consider the cohort they are applying for and the dates of that cohort’s 6-day training. Students need to attend the designated dates for all classes and the training with their particular cohort. If any days are missed, this will entail either joining the following year at CIIS or making other arrangements with MAPS.

Refund Petition Process

Students who believe they have extenuating circumstances warranting a credit, refund, or adjustment of the program cost may present a petition to Dr. Laura Pustarfi, Associate Director. The petition must include an explanation of this circumstance along with supporting documentation, which will become the property of CIIS and will not be returned. The petition must be submitted within 90 calendar days of the last day of the program.

Guidelines on Student Affairs

Values of CIIS from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

A diverse academic community offers a rich and dynamic perspective to CIIS's intellectual environment. Diversity is broader than the traditional categories of age, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation. It also encompasses disability, socioeconomic status, family background, language, the level of academic preparedness, learning style, and even different communities with which our students, faculty, and staff are associated. As a result of intentional engagement with our own identities and the work of diversity, we uncover our similarities through our differences, thus allowing us to celebrate and honor our shared humanity.

Inclusion is respecting and embracing those distinctive characteristics each member of the CIIS community adds to the institution. It goes beyond numerical diversity. Inclusion is the creation of a climate where all feel valued and appreciated-where there is substantive interaction between and within groups, such that the very space becomes renewed by those included and all are willing to be challenged and enriched by the introduction of ideas, ways of knowing, and perspectives that were not originally centered. This inclusive environment best allows students, faculty, and staff to thrive as individuals and as a community.

The Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research has partnered with the CIIS Office of Diversity and Inclusion to:

  • Prepare students to meet the evolving challenges of diverse communities in an increasingly unjust world.
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, trainees, and community members to center BIPOC, LGBTQ+, indigenous scholarship, worldviews, and cultures.
  • Create a Culture of Belonging throughout the program in order to foster empathy, connection, and risk taking.

See the CIIS website for more information about the   Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Instructions for Disability Accommodation

Students who request accommodation for a disability should contact Student Disability Services at the Office of Student Affairs by emailing Students will be guided through the registration procedures for accommodation. Any questions, requests for accommodation or access, or concerns regarding services for students or applicants with a disability as defined by law should be addressed to the University disability officer, who is also the Dean of Students. California Institute of Integral Studies complies with the provisions of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Office of Student Affairs is responsible for working toward equal access.

Information on CIIS Student Affairs, Complaints, Services

All programs at CIIS are covered by the Student Affairs Office. All departments that offer continuing education adhere to the university's complaint procedures. For more information, please follow the above link for all the services offered from the Office of Student Affairs.

University and Federal Policies

  • Certificate program registration does not constitute admission to a CIIS academic program. Students registered in certificate programs are not eligible to earn a degree. Those seeking a degree must submit an application for admission to their program of interest.
  • Should a certificate program student later apply and be admitted to a CIIS degree program, no credit hours earned as a certificate program student may apply toward the requirements of the degree program.
  • Students registered in certificate program are not eligible for federal financial aid, CIIS university scholarships, or CIIS student employment positions.

Upon application, trainees will need to certify that:

  • They understand that the application fee covers the cost of processing an application and that the fee is not refundable for any reason.
  • All of the information on the application is true and correct to the best of their knowledge. They understand that if they misrepresent or deliberately omit information, fail to notify Admissions of changes to the information, or submit fraudulent application documents, their application will be rejected or, if admitted, their acceptance will be revoked, or, if enrolled, they will be dismissed.

Contact Us

CIIS Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 575-6243

We are an academic program, and we are not able to provide therapist referrals at this time.

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