Ends on February 16, 2018

$400.00 USD

A deposit of $400 is due at the time of application. After payment of the initial deposit of $400, the payment of the remaining balance of $7,400 (minus any scholarship or special discount) must be received by Thursday, March 15, 2018, 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:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC)
  • Licensed Occupational Therapists (OT with an MA)
  • Physicians and Psychiatrists (MD)
  • Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT)
  • Naturopathic Doctors (ND)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  • Physician Assistants (PA)
  • Clinical or Counseling Psychologists (PsyD/PhD)
  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Ordained/Commissioned Clergy or Chaplains
  • Licensed Attorneys (JD in counseling specialties only)
  • Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LAADC with an MA)

Only those people with the above degrees and credentials are eligible to apply. 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, palliative care, hospice, end-of-life and estate counseling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, oncology, mediation, pain management, and/or psychiatry.

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 serve in pastoral counseling and spiritual direction within the well-known world spiritual traditions. For ordained/commissioned clergy and chaplains, a M.Div., MA. or CPE with study in psychology and therapeutic skills is a benefit, but not required. We welcome and encourage applicants from these backgrounds. There are substantial CIIS tuition discounts available for clergy and chaplains.

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 and 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-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 Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselors and Licensed Occupational Therapists: These professionals must have an accredited Masters or Doctoral degree in mental health or behavioral health, as well as the LAADC or Occupational Therapists license. These specific credentials are required for these 2018 applications.

Eligibility for Pre-licensed Professionals: Clergy and chaplains must be ordained or commissioned at the time of application. With no exceptions, counseling attorneys, advanced alcohol and drug counselors, and occupational therapists must have received their MA or JD degrees and professional licenses prior to application.

Under certain circumstances, other eligible mental health or medical professionals may be admitted prior to the completion of licensure requirements. Eligible mental health and medical professionals who are not yet licensed will be considered on an individual basis only if they: a) have completed their degree coursework, b) have completed 1,000 or more supervised internship or residency clinical hours in which they conducted psychotherapy and counseling and c) have two or more years of work experience in mental health fields. In all cases where an applicant is not yet licensed, coursework and 1,000 supervised hours of psychotherapy or counseling experience must be completed prior to the start of the certificate program on March 23, 2018. 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.

We especially encourage applications from individuals who are military veterans, identify as people of color, identify as LGBTQQAI, and/or serve marginalized or underserved populations.


The deadline to submit your application materials and deposit payment is Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Early application discounts are available: $500 off for completed applications received before December 1, 2017, and $250 off for completed applications received before January 1, 2018.

Students are admitted to the certificate program on a rolling basis. Interviews will begin as soon as applications are submitted. Students will be notified of their admission and scholarship and discount awards as soon as possible (by Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the latest).


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