A non-refundable deposit of $150 is due at the time of application. After payment of the initial deposit of $150, the payment of at least 25% of the remaining balance of $9,850 (minus any scholarship or special discount or payment plan) must be received by February 1, 2020, to secure your space in the program

The Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research serves a growing need for the training of skilled therapist researchers who will ideally seek advanced training for future FDA-approved psychedelic-assisted and entactogen-assisted psychotherapy research. 

Only professionals who hold the following specific advanced degrees, licensure, commissions, or ordinations may apply to the certificate program:

  • Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC)
  • Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)
  • Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
  • Occupational Therapists (OT with master's)
  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  • Naturopathic Doctors (ND)
  • Clinical and Counseling Psychologists (PhD/PsyD)
  • Physician and Psychiatrists (MD/DO)
  • Physician Assistants (PA)
  • Ordained Clergy and Commissioned Chaplains (with MDiv and 4 hours CPE)
  • Attorneys (JD in counseling specialties only)
  • Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LAADC with master's)
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners (TCM with master's)
  • Physical Therapists (PT with master's)

For these professionals, preference will be given to applicants with a substantial background in psychological treatment and spiritual direction in behavioral medicine, chronic trauma and PTSD, major depression, palliative care, hospice, end-of-life and estate counseling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, oncology, mediation, pain management, and/or psychiatry. We especially encourage applications from individuals who are military veterans, identify as persons of color, and/or serve marginalized or under-served populations.

Criteria for Clergy and Chaplains:  Ordained clergy and commissioned/ordained chaplains are considered as applicants if they 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; and have completed 4 hours of CPE prior to application. We encourage applicants from these backgrounds. There are special tuition discounts available for clergy and chaplains who report a need for financial aid.

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, custody mediation and resolution, end-of-life counseling, family and elder law counseling, and community dispute resolution. A strong candidate will be an applicant who did this counseling work under supervision in non-profits 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, and Occupational Therapists: These professionals must have an accredited master's or doctoral degree in mental health, medicine, or behavioral health, as well as the applicable license. These specific credentials are required for these 2020 applicants. 

Criteria for Eligibility of Pre-licensed Professionals: Under certain circumstances, five types of eligible mental health or medical  professionals may be admitted prior to the completion of licensure  requirements. These five groups of therapists are Professional Clinical Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, Psychologists, and Psychiatrists. Unlicensed members of these five groups will be considered on an individual basis only if they: a) have  completed their degree coursework and b) have completed 1,000 or more supervised internship or residency clinical hours in which they conducted psychotherapy and counseling. In all cases where an applicant is not yet licensed, the coursework and 1,000 supervised hours of psychotherapy or counseling experience must be completed prior to the start of the certificate program on March 13, 2020. To document the completion of the coursework, pre-licensed applicants will need to include a copy of their degree's academic requirements from the university's catalog.


The deadline to submit your application materials and deposit payment is Thursday, October 31, 2019.

Students are admitted to the certificate program on a rolling basis. Interviews will begin as soon as applications are submitted. Our goal is to notify applicants regarding the outcome of their admission and scholarship or discount awards on or before December 15, 2019.

Click here for complete information about the Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research and here for full application details.

The Sex Therapy Certificate (STC) at CIIS strives to provide clinicians with the highest quality sexuality and sex therapy education. It is our mission to offer comprehensive training to psychotherapists, counselors, social workers, couples’ therapists, and allied professionals, in support of practitioners offering sex therapy as a naturally integrated part of the therapeutic experience. The STC program has the distinction of being one of the few programs in the nation offered by an accredited academic institution, and also provides 75 Continuing Education Credits (CEs) for California licensed LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LMFTs.

CIIS' history of contributions in the fields of counseling psychology, integral health, and sexuality studies form the basis for our approach to the certificate. We strive to provide an integral view of the field of sex therapy. This approach means including multiple perspectives and philosophies, remaining rooted in a sex positive view, and affirming the diversity of sexual practices, experiences, and identities of our communities and clients.

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. Types of professionals for whom this program applies include (but not limited to):
• 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)

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 individuals within the above list who: are military veterans; identify as people of color; identify as LGBTQQAI, and/or serve marginalized or under-represented populations.

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

Important Dates
December 10, 2019: Early Application Discount Deadline
December 10, 2019: Scholarship Application Deadline
January 20, 2020: Application Deadline

Spring 2020 Sex Therapy Cohort Weekends
Click here for detailed class schedule
• February 28th - March 1st
• April 17th - April 19th
• May 28th - May 31st

Application Materials

1) Background and Goal Statement - In 2-3 pages, please describe your background and interest in this certificate. Tell us anything pertinent regarding your personal development, professional experience, professional license(s) held and/or the stage you are in with regard to your clinical licensure, training or internship. Include descriptions of your training in psychotherapy, sexuality or related areas. Share how you learned didactically and where you practiced these skills and knowledge sets.  

Additionally, please share with us what you hope to do with this certificate in your work or in the world.  Make sure to consider both the concrete ways you might use this training for career advancement but also the larger intentions or purpose this might fulfill.

2) Resume or Curriculum Vitae - Include a short resume or CV that outlines the history of your higher education, practica, internships, residencies, licenses, research, work in service to communities, teaching, and fieldwork.

3) Scholarship Application - CIIS Public Programs is offering (5) scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. To apply, please write a 1-page letter that describes your financial situation and why you are applying for a scholarship.

Deadline for scholarship application is December 10th, 2019. Recipients will be notified by January 10th, 2020. Scholarships will be given out in the form of a discount on the final program fee.

Application Deadline: January 20th, 2020


Program Fees

Deposit: $200 - Applications will not be considered without deposit. Early Application Discounts: $100 off before December 10th, 2019

Full Program Fee: $6,000

Payment and Cancellation Policies
A deposit of $200 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 minus a $100 processing fee. After payment of the initial deposit of $200, payment of the remaining balance of $5,800 must be received by February 1st, 2020, to secure your space in the program. Payment plans are available and will be provided to accepted applicants. If a student withdraws before April 1st, 2020, fifty percent of the full fee ($3,000) will be due. The full fee of $6,000 is due if a student withdraws after April 1st, 2020.

Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until the Spring 2020 cohort is full. Applicants will be notified within one month of submitting their application.

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