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Somatic Psychology

California Institute of Integral Studies

24 months
1242 USD/credit 37260 USD/year
1242 USD/credit 37260 USD/year
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The Somatic Psychology program at California Institute of Integral Studies is one of three accredited academic programs in the United States that prepares students to use both conventional and holistic, embodied approaches to psychotherapy. 


This omatic Psychology program at California Institute of Integral Studies integrates Western and non-Western philosophical and spiritual traditions, reflecting the founding vision of the University. 

A forerunner in the discipline of somatic psychology, the program draws on developmental and sociocultural perspectives that explore how embodied emotion, expression, identity, and interaction are formed in individuals, families, and communities. The pedagogy is also whole-person-oriented, combining academic rigor, experiential learning, and community engagement.

Students in the Somatic Psychology program learn how to work with somatic approaches to psychotherapy, as well as traditional counseling practices. You will become part of a community of scholars and practitioners developing the field of psychotherapy.

Our Approach

The Somatic Psychology program at California Institute of Integral Studies follows a scholar-practitioner pedagogy, while also emphasizing deep personal inquiry.  

Intellectual Rigor - Students in the Somatic Psychology program develop an integral approach to counseling psychology that includes evidence-based modalities and a broad understanding of individual and family systems. A range of disciplines are explored, including neuroscience, traumatology, Jungian psychology, and socio-cultural approaches. 

In addition to our emphasis on clinical skills, students are also invited to hone their academic skills, through dyadic learning, writing research papers, and giving presentations both in class and at national conferences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Development and the Family
  • The Body: Experienced, Conceptualized, and Verbalized
  • Movement Approaches in Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Therapeutic Communication
  • Psychodynamics
  • Group Facilitation and Group Therapy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • 3rd application deadline: pending program space availability (after the Feb 15th priority deadline).


60 SCH
  • 60 or 68


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the Online Admissions Application and Submit the Application Fee

  • Submit Your Supporting Materials

  • Submit Your Official Transcripts

  • Minimum GPA: A GPA of 3.0 or higher in previous coursework is required. However, a GPA below 3.0 does not automatically disqualify an applicant and CIIS will consider a prospective student whose GPA is between 2.0 and 3.0. These individuals are required to submit a GPA Statement and are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to discuss their options.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1242 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    37260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1242 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for San Francisco

2206 - 4119 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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