Clinical Psychology Program: Overview
CIHS’ California approved license eligible psychology programs, both the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Marriage Family Therapist emphasis (MFT), which is a partial requirement for licensure as a MFT, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, which is a partial requirement for licensure as a psychologist, provide the student with a unique opportunity. CIHS’ innovative curriculum instructs the graduate student in psychology with the knowledge to practice clinical psychology with an emphasis on consciousness and the mind, body, spirit connection, rather than a primary focus on the medical model. The student can meet the partial requirements for licensure by the state of California’s Board of Behavioral Science (MFT) and Board of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) with an innovative curriculum that sees the client as a human being seeking health and wholeness, rather than a reductionist diagnosis. CIHS recognizes the practice of psychology as one of the healing arts that can be useful on a person’s search for health, healing, and wellness. CIHS’ clinical psychology programs emphasize integration and an expansive model of consciousness and well-being.
The core courses in both programs emphasize general psychology and clinical psychology, whereas the course electives can be in integral psychology. Ph.D. students may choose to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with Integral Psychology emphasis or a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology for candidates intending to obtain a clinical licensing. Students are allowed to draw upon the programs in Life Physics, Comparative Religion and Philosophy, and Integral Health to fulfill their course electives.