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The California Institute of Integral Studies

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While I am very thankful that I studiedPhilosophy
While I am very thankful that I studied with the professors I studied with, some of whom are unique in the world, the department did very little to prepare me for the extreme competition I would face in the current academic market in my field.

CIIS is OK if one is to get a professional psychology license, PsyD or MFT- one is assured of some level of employment upon graduation from the state mandated internship programs necessary to become licensed. Without that support, as an alumni, I have not yet found employment in my field, more than a year after graduation. When I was applying for positions, I was told my degree from CIIS, as an unranked private school (even though it is WASC accredited), is non-competitive- with those holding degrees from state universities and other private schools (Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, etc.) with excellent reputations.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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I graduated from the MA in Integral CounselingPsychology
I graduated from the MA in Integral Counseling Psychology program in 2005. I am a Licensed MFT and Clinical Supervisor and have enjoyed a very fulfilling and positive career in the last 8 yrs since my graduation. This school's reputation is very high and positive in California, especially in work spaces that are open to wellness, integrative approaches and innovative thought. Throughout my internships, I noticed that my training and education felt at least equivalent if not higher than my peers, but that my professional and personal character was noticably more developed, which I attribute to the ICP Program. My only annoyance was with the library 8 years ago which was very small at the time. I did all my research through my UC alumni network and used the UC library system. BTW, I was also well prepared to take the license exam and passed both exams 1st time.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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I enjoyed many things about my education inPsychology
I enjoyed many things about my education in CIIS's Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program, primarily the open-minded, curious, compassionate perspective of many of my feat CIIS is somewhat unique in that it combines traditional Western psychology with Eastern philosophies. This was the main factor that attracted me to CIIS. Also, at the time I applied, it was an APA-accredited program. However, the school has a number of problems, the primary one being that the PsyD program has lost its APA accreditation. This is unfortunate, and I hope they will regain it. (They are appealing.) That said, the school is not the most smoothly run. There were often problems with organization and administration. The rate of PsyD graduates getting prime internships and getting licensed is not as high as at some other schools. It's also very expensive, and I will be in debt a long, long time. At this point in my career, I am not sure the amount of debt I incurred will be worth it, given my school's reputation. However, I do value the experiences I had there and many colleagues I met. I grew so much as a person there. I also feel that my preparation as a therapist (soon to be licensed psychologist) was good. All in all, it has its pros and cons.
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