News
New Advanced PsyD Program for Masters-Level Therapists at CIIS
CIIS is proud to announce the launch of an innovative PsyD program designed specifically for mental health professionals who already have a master’s degree.

This new PsyD program provides advanced and specialized training in clinical psychology that synthesizes the principles of integral education with the clinical efficacy of contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapy.

We emphasize the radical roots of this discipline, as well as its unparalleled emphasis on the therapeutic relationship as a catalyst for change.


The program is unique in several ways.

• Our curricular emphases on holism, depth and diversity distinguish us from most other educational options in the field.

•The Program seeks to push psychodynamic psychotherapy forward. In accordance with our commitment to integral education and the University’s ideals, we challenge and expand it through engagement with other paradigms and traditions.

•We actively cultivate dialogue between Western psychology and other wisdom/spiritual traditions. Students in the program take cutting-edge electives in areas such as Buddhism and psychotherapy, mindfulness and meditation, comparative mystical practice, psychedelic studies, dialectical-behavioral therapy and other third wave interventions, as well as a periodic (and optional) travel course to Sri Lanka to study Ayurvedic medicine, folk life, and other indigenous forms of wisdom.

Up to 30 units of master’s-level counseling coursework may be applied toward the doctoral degree upon admission.

In addition, one (prior) master’s level practicum, if completed previously and verifiable, can be applied to one practicum within the doctoral practicum sequence and in some cases students can use their current clinical patients as the basis of the second practicum in conjunction with our in house training support.


The number of transfer units awarded and practicum sequence will be considered upon acceptance after a complete review of applicants’ transcripts and includes an assessment of the master’s coursework and practicum experiences.

Please visit for more information


Return to news home

Feedback, Technical Problems or Questions?
Contact: Richard Buggs, Ph.D - PSY '96  |  rbuggs@ciis.edu  |  415-575-6116
1453 Mission St. | San Fransisco CA 94103 | 415-575-6116
© 2018 CIIS