California Institute of Integral Studies

aka CIIS   |   San Francisco, CA   |  http://www.ciis.edu

Mission

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an accredited institution of higher education and research where students come to learn experientially what it means to be human in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1968, CIIS has approximately 1,500 enrolled students pursuing degrees in 25 academic programs in its schools of Professional Psychology and Health, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Consciousness and Transformation, and Undergraduate Studies. CIIS also operates eight award-winning clinics offering low-cost or no-cost mental healthcare and acupuncture to more than 6,000 clients annually, and its Public Programs division presents an exciting array of lectures, conversations, workshops, and conferences, attracting more than 11,000 attendees and 365,000 podcast listeners each year.

Ruling year info

1974

President

S. Brock Blomberg

Main address

1453 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

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EIN

94-2254303

NTEE code info

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Integral studies are a response to the growing need to synthesize the fragmentary aspects of contemporary thought and culture into a meaningful whole. The integral outlook, envisioned by the founders of CIIS as embodying a creative synthesis of the highest values of East and West, has grown to encompass the study of traditions and experience from around the globe. Integral studies at CIIS encompass all aspects of learning: the intellectual, the experiential and the applied. Providing an integral education for a changing world, CIIS creates and integrates knowledge beyond the confines of traditional academic disciplines. In exploring the interplay of mind, body, and spirit, integral education connects the spiritual and practical dimensions of intellectual life. The integration of the wisdom traditions presents an evolution of consciousness that has never been more relevant and crucial than it is today.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

School of Professional Psychology and Health

The School of Professional Psychology and Health (SPPH) is a wellspring of healing and compassionate action in the world: each year, SPPH students provide nearly 60,000 hours of mental healthcare to underserved clients across the Bay Area. SPPH combines excellent clinical training with a concern for contemporary social, cultural, and spiritual issues, integrating new and alternative approaches to psychological health and well-being.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

CIIS’ School of Consciousness and Transformation (SCT) is home to unique, paradigm-shifting programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. SCT embraces a constellation of academic programs deeply connected to CIIS’ commitment to integral education. SCT aims at social and personal transformation through teaching and learning practices that honor multiple ways of being, knowing, and acting, giving its graduates a deepened sense of vocation, a rigorous approach to critical scholarship, and the ability to creatively engage their chosen fields.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

CIIS’ School of Undergraduate Studies (SUS) houses the Bachelor of Arts Completion (BAC) program, a student-centered, participatory model of education that allows nontraditional students to finish their undergraduate degree in three semesters. Many BAC students are older adults, and they integrate their life experiences with the social justice-oriented curriculum to learn with one another, as whole people, and from one another’s stories.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Founded in 1980, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) is one of the oldest, most prestigious Chinese medicine schools in the country. In 2015, it merged with CIIS, becoming the University’s fourth school. ACTCM students, alumni, and faculty are deeply engaged in the acupuncture community, serving as leaders at the forefront of integrative care, research, public health, and holistic wellness.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

The Sex Therapy Certificate (STC) provides clinicians with the highest quality sexuality and sex therapy education. The STC program is one of the few programs in the U.S. offered by an accredited academic institution, and provides 75 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for California licensed LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LMFTs.

The Intersectionality & Equity in Therapeutic Practices Certificate (IETPC) provides a comprehensive overview of intersectionality and equity and their clinical application in the field of therapy and other therapeutic healing modalities.

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. Enrollees are professionals in specific licensed mental health and medical professions, as well as eligible ordained or commissioned clergy and chaplains.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

The CIIS counseling centers and acupuncture clinics offer affordable award-winning mental health and acupuncture services on a sliding-fee scale. Together, the CIIS clinics offer affordable and effective mind-body-spirit psychotherapy and acupuncture to more than 6,000 individuals each year.

Counseling Centers:
We offer integrative Western psychology with knowledge from the world's spiritual traditions in a variety of therapeutic orientations, such as somatic, transpersonal, psychodynamic, and Gestalt, as well as more conventional modes of psychotherapy. The counseling provided in our centers in unique and respects the specific growth and healing process of each individual.

Acupuncture Clinics:
Our mission is to provide effective, affordable treatment for a wide variety of conditions and diseases using acupuncture, herbs and other healing modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We are proud to be diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco since 1981, and at the CIIS Mission St. campus.

Population(s) Served
Adults

To address the demand for trained psychotherapists to work in the expanding field of psychedelic studies, CIIS created the Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research (the Center) in 2015. The Center is directed by clinical psychologist Dr. Janis Phelps, who is also a professor in the East-West Psychology program.

As part of a public service campaign to teach a variety of topics related to psychedelic research, the Center offers a series of evening lectures, weekend workshops, webinars, and films shown at CIIS and online. The goal of the Center's Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research is to invite cohorts of licensed psychotherapists and medical professionals to become psychedelic researchers and practitioners in legal clinical studies.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CIIS Public Programs produces conversations, workshops, and a podcast for people who are curious about themselves and the world. Our programs further personal and social transformation by bringing together the diverse voices of visionaries, artists, change-makers, and scholars to share compelling experiences, offer new perspectives, and expand creative horizons. Public Programs enhances and reflects the university's academic mission.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Arts at CIIS is a contemporary arts exhibition program that cultivates community engagement and creative and integrative approaches to the urgent challenges facing society today. Through exhibitions, publications, and events featuring emerging and established artists, The Arts at CIIS strives to promote pluralism in the arts, to support artists in the creation of new work, and to foster dynamic and critical dialogues within and across communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Seven Commitments of CIIS: Our commitment to the facilitation of integral learning.

1. Practice integral approaches to learning and research
2. Affirm spirituality
3. Commit to diversity and inclusion
4. Foster multiple ways of learning and teaching
5. Advocate sustainability and social justice
6. Support community
7. Strive for an integral and innovative governance

Read more at: https://www.ciis.edu/about-ciis/the-seven-commitments-of-ciis

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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California Institute of Integral Studies

Board of directors
as of 2/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Pinto

PhD and Founder of Several Environmental, Educational, and Research Foundations

S. Brock Blomberg

CIIS

Liz Beaven

CIIS

Vaishali Chadha

Timothy (Tim) Chang

Partner, Mayfield

Diane Cirincione

Clinical Psychologist, Author, Entrepreneur; Founder and Executive Director, Attitudinal Healing International

Carolyn Cooke

CIIS Faculty Trustee; Author and Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts

David Germano

Professor of Religious Studies, Executive Director of Contemplative Sciences Center, Director of Tibet Center, University of Virginia

Betsy Gordon

Betsy Gordon Foundation

Mike Hebel

Attorney, Financial Planner, Real Estate Investor

J. Manuel Herrera

Trustee, East Side Union High School District

Violeta (V) Krasnić

CIIS Staff Trustee; Human Rights Defender

Susan Laurenson

Service Line Manager, Institute for Health & Healing

Loretta Lynch

Bill Mosca

Nonprofit Governance and Management Consultant, Licensed Acupuncturist

Stephen Olsson

President, Cultural & Educational Media

Ricki Pollycove

CIIS Board Vice Chair - MD, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, California Pacific Medical Center

Brenda Sanders

PhD, Environmental Scientist and Professor

Daphne White, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Writer and Editor

Meihong Xu

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/28/2022

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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