The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research is a training program that aims to teach licensed psychotherapists and medical professionals to become psychedelic researchers. The center was created in 2015 and is directed by clinical psychologist Dr. Janis Phelps, who is also a professor in the East-West Psychology program. The goal of the center's certificate program is to teach licensed psychotherapists and medical professionals to become psychedelic researchers in the US and abroad. From 2016 to 2022, the certificate program has trained over 830 licensed and ordained professionals.
Throughout its history, CIIS has been a leader in consciousness research, including research into non-ordinary states of consciousness. The Center has received more than $400,000 in scholarship funding from individual and organizational donors, and also offers scholarships for BIPOC-identified people, LGBTQIA+-identified people, service members/veterans, people serving under-resourced communities, and people who demonstrate financial need to study in the Center's certificate program.
The Center has built strong partnerships with other universities, medical centers, researchers, and research groups, including top psychedelic researchers and scholars, who have partnered with the center to teach in the certificate program. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco and California Pacific Medical Center sit on the Center's council of advisors. This has opened an avenue for collaboration between MAPS, the Heffter Research Institute, and the Usona Institute, three of the most renowned research groups for psychedelic studies. The certificate program is the largest collaborative program focusing on psychedelic studies within a non-medical graduate university. Professor Phelps reports that "not only are we working with some of the majority of the psychedelic researchers in the country, but also we're preparing our graduates to make important advances in the fields of psychedelic research."
- Teaches: Globally
- Website: https://www.ciis.edu/research-centers/center-for-psychedelic-therapies-and-research/
Skills you'll gain: pharmacology of psychedelics, research design, psychedelic therapist competencies, history of psychoactive plants, cultural competencies, clinical work with MDMA, clinical work with psilocybin, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, self-reflection, community-building, embodied ways of knowing, mentoring, diversity and inclusion, navigating challenges of non-traditional therapies