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Prepare for state licensure while building an integrative understanding of human consciousness
and its relationship to the domains of mind, body, and spirit.





A uniquely integrative program that prepares students for state licensure as a clinical psychologist and provides space for advanced studies in consciousness, spirituality, and holistic treatment methods. Advanced coursework addresses core issues in clinical psychology as a treatment and research area while allowing for elective study in the related areas of mind, body, and spirit. Residents of the following 29 states and those outside the United States will have the option to complete this program online-through Distance Education-from the comfort of their own home:
AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, HI, ID, IL, IN, KY, ME, MI, MS, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC, NV, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, WA, and all countries worldwide.


CIHS PhD in Psychology
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Graduates of CIHS’S Psychology Ph.D. program will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Examine people as ever evolving, multidimensional beings on a developmental journey toward wholeness, which encompasses the domains of mind, body, and spirit.

  • PLO 2: Apply transdisciplinary research, theory and praxis for effective counseling and communication in both traditional and non-traditional settings.

  • PLO 3: Construct a synthesis of holistic thought, that includes consciousness and spirituality.

  • PLO 4: Explore and advance the theory and application of a broad spectrum of healing modalities, to include both traditional and non-traditional approaches.

  • PLO 5: Create and integrate a personal framework for self and community healing


  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Psychology or related field.

  • PSY 505 Intro to Qualitative and Quantitative Research (or equivalent course from an accredited institution)

  • PSY 607 Psychology of Personality (or equivalent course from an accredited institution)


Ninety-four (94) quarter units beyond the Master’s Degree are required to complete the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Psychology. The number of core courses and quarter units (including dissertation) required depend on the number of core courses that students have completed at the master’s level.  This would include 1) the core courses associated with the school’s mission and 2) students with a M.A. level clinical license or degree that includes the core courses required for clinical licensing.  It is important for students working towards licensure to establish with the program director that they have completed the required number of core courses.

The remaining elective units will be planned with the student’s career goals in mind. With the program director’s approval, students may draw on the Ph.D. programs in Integral Health and Integral Noetic Sciences for coursework electives.

An additional requirement for students preparing for licensure is 50 hours of personal counseling with licensed professionals. This is arranged by the student. Please see the California Board of Psychology Laws & Regulations for details about licensure. Some of these hours can count toward licensure if undertaken during the supervision process.

At the discretion of the program director, students may be required to take prerequisite courses if their background at the M.A. level has not fully prepared them to succeed in CIHS’s Ph.D. in Psychology program.

For non-licensure students, graduate transfer credits may be granted for a total of 16 quarter units of relevant graduate coursework previously completed at a regionally accredited institution.* For licensure track doctoral students, two relevant courses or 8 units of graduate coursework may be transferred from a regionally accredited institution at the discretion of the program director.

Ph.D. in Psychology – Licensure

Core courses                                 50 units

Licensing Requirements              28 units

Electives                                         16 units

TOTAL                                             94 units

Ph.D. in Psychology – Concentration in Integral Psychology

Core courses                                  50 units

Electives                                          44 units

TOTAL                                              94 units


The Individually Designed Concentration (IDC) option was created to meet the needs of students who wish to design a course of study within a degree program.  IDCs may be proposed within any of the degree programs within the Schools of Integral Health, Integral Noetic Studies, and Psychology.  Students with IDC concentrations complete the same core courses and units for the degree program and design the IDC within their elective course units.

Students who want to pursue an IDC should schedule a meeting with the program director to review administrative details.

To start an IDC, the student identifies and secures a faculty advisor whose area(s) of expertise align with the student’s proposed area of study who agrees to oversee the IDC. The faculty advisor (which is often the program director) reviews and approves IDC coursework (including electives and, if necessary, independent studies) and eventually completes the student’s pre-graduation audit to confirm all IDC requirements have been met.  Typically, the IDC faculty advisor will also serve as the dissertation committee chair for PhD students or the thesis advisor for MA students.


Degree program directors may also design concentration areas to meet the needs of a group of students.  Requirements for a PDC are the same as IDCs except that PDCs may be subject to an enrollment group minimum, and it is the program director and not the student who designs the curriculum.  Students pursuing a PDC should schedule a meeting with the program director for instructions regarding admittance requirements and administrative details.  PDCs are subject to change.  Currently, the following PDC is available:

School of Psychology PHD Degree, Concentration in Psychology Licensure

Designed to prepare graduate students to obtain state licensure for practicing psychology.  Twenty-eight (28) units of concentration-specific classes are required as described in the catalog.

School of Psychology PHD Degree, Concentration in Integral Psychology

Designed to prepare graduate students to draw on the models and methods of multiple schools of psychology (e.g., behavioral, depth, cognitive, psychoana- lytic, somatic, environmental, transpersonal, gestalt, and neurological) in their chosen profession.


  • PSY 700 Academic Writing Within the Human Sciences (4 units)

  • PSY 701 Foundations in Integral (4 units)

  • PSY 702 Consciousness Studies (4 units)

  • PSY 703 Counseling & Communications Skills (4 units)

  • PSY 704 Spiritual Education (several options available) (4 units)

  • PSY 705 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (4 units)

  • PSY 706 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (4 units)

  • PSY 896 Dissertation Topic Research (5 units)

  • PSY 897 Dissertation Methodology Review (5 units)

  • PSY 898A Dissertation I (6 units)

  • PSY 898B Dissertation II (6 units)

*PSY 890-A and 890-B: When students reach 68 quarter credits (comprised of core curriculum classes), they enter into the Practicum class. This is preparation toward beginning internship (psyc trainee) upon 72 quarter credits. These hours can be obtained through an internship within a local community mental health agency or through the eventual CIHS Tele-therapy Clinic or both.  All positions require a supervisor to guide and sign off on the trainee hours per licensing requirements.

Required Courses for Licensure

Students intending to obtain state licensure are required to take a minimum of seven courses (28 units) from this section. Clinical licensing courses must be taken at the doctoral level and master’s level courses are nontransferable.

Required Courses

  • PSY 708 Human Sexuality: Clinical Considerations (4 units)

  • PSY 713 Family Violence, Partner Abuse, and Child Abuse: Assessment & Intervention (4 units)

  • PSY 715 Aging, Long-term Care, and Grief (4 units)

  • PSY 718 Substance Abuse: Assessment, Intervention, and Treatment (4 units)

  • PSY 710 Ethics and Law in Psychology (4 units)

  • PSY 719 Diagnosis in Clinical Psychology (4 units)

  • PSY 819 Psychotherapy: Approaches and Strategies (4 units)

  • PSY 890-A Practicum I (2 units)

  • PSY 890-B Practicum II (2 units)


  • PSY 707 Psychology of Personality (4 units)

  • PSY 708 Human Sexuality: Clinical Considerations (4 units)

  • PSY 709 Human Development and Archetypes (4 units)

  • PSY 717 Psychopharmacology (4 units)

  • PSY 723 Sociocultural Influences and Intervention Strategies (4 units)

  • PSY 724 Neuropsychology (4 units)

  • PSY 725 Psychology of Mind-Body and Energy (4 units)

  • PSY 726 Psychological Testing & Assessment (4 units)

  • PSY 727 Couple Therapy (4 units)

  • PSY 730 Psychopathology and Psychopathogenesis (4 units)

  • PSY 732 Somatic Psychology (4 units)

  • PSY 733 Depth Psychology (4 units)

  • PSY 736 Psychology of the Chakras (4 units)

  • PSY 749 Clinical Aspects of Energy Psychology (4 units)

  • PSY 750 Energy Psychology: Foundations & Therapy (4 units)

  • PSY 751 Psychoacoustics (4 units)

  • PSY 754 Pranic Healing (4 units)

  • PSY 756 Psychospiritual Healing Practices (4 units)

  • PSY 763 Psychology of Shamanism (4 units)

  • PSY 764 Transpersonal Psychology (4 units)

  • PSY 784 Ecopsychology (4 units)

*Students pursuing licensure must select 16 units from this list of electives.  Students in the Concentration in Integral Psychology must select 44 units from the list of electives or from other CIHS programs in consultation with the program director.


  • Mental Health Services – Licensed psychologist in private practice or a state/federal therapist.

  • Academia – Professor of Psychology; Dean of School of Psychology

  • Business – Vice president of sales and marketing; Entrepreneur.

  • Research – Mental health or social science researcher.




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“My academic journey, as well my spiritual enlightenment began at CIHS, which has since guided me
to engage with the true reality of humankind. I am proud of, and grateful for that!
One of the key elements, which CIHS has taught me, was the ‘rhythm’ of life that I use daily to make
a difference in my clients’ lives. I am thankful and grateful for the guidance and support from CIHS
Professors and staff that has given me the opportunity to make tremendous impact on others.”




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