Core Faculty - Expressive Arts Therapy - Half-Time

Company Description:

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an internationally-recognized leader in integral education. CIIS has an enrollment of more than 1,400 students pursuing degrees in a variety of academic programs in its schools of Consciousness and Transformation, Professional Psychology and Health, Undergraduate Studies, and American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM). In addition, CIIS hosts a vibrant art exhibition program through The Arts at CIIS, and offers a dynamic array of events through its Public Programs division, including workshops, lectures, and certificate programs. The University provides affordable mental health and acupuncture services to the San Francisco Bay Area through its ten award-winning clinics. CIIS is accredited by the Western Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).

Job Description:

Program Description

The MA Program in Counseling Psychology with Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy Program at CIIS consists of both a residential (EXA) and a low-residential program (EXA-H). Students in the low-residential program begin each term attending a weeklong intensive at CIIS, where they complete a portion of their classes, followed up by online work for the duration of the semester.

The program grants students an MA in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy and prepares students for licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy in the State of California or as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. It also prepares students for eligibility as Registered Expressive Arts Therapists.

Our mission is to educate and train the future leaders of the Expressive Arts Therapy field. We use the power of the arts as tools for human development and healing, psycho-spiritual growth, social change, and empowered self-agency. This is accomplished through an innovative Scholar-Artist-Practitioner model bridging gaps between academic knowledge, clinical practice and community engagement with the arts at the center. Our faculty considers each student to be a unique contributor to the learning community bringing diverse backgrounds, experience and interests. We believe that individual behavior cannot be understood aside from the social forces that shape human experience. We therefore weave in an examination of the intersections of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic class, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and issues of physical and neurological difference as they impact us personally, interpersonally, and in relation to clinical practice.


We are seeking a candidate who has broad and deep familiarity with the counseling psychology and family therapy fields in general, and multimodal expressive arts therapy in particular.

The successful candidate will be suitably qualified to teach a range of classes through the lens of expressive arts specifically including:

  • Family Dynamics and Therapy
  • Couples Counseling
  • Group Dynamics & Therapy



  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology or related field, or enrollment in PhD program at time of application is required
  • License eligibility as a Clinical Psychologist, LMFT, LPCC, LCSW in the State of California
  • REAT and/or accreditation or registration in one or more creative arts therapy fields at time of appointment or within one academic year strongly preferred
  • Broad-based knowledge of range of psychological theories and practices including strong background in contemporary family therapy theories and practices
  • Strong clinical experience
  • Skilled at integrating expressive arts practices into the art of teaching
  • Strong teaching record with proven ability in weaving multicultural, "intersectional" identity, advocacy and social justice concepts and practices into the curriculum
  • Strong desire and ability to work as part of a highly collaborative faculty who work "ensemble"
  • Knowledge of the Recovery Model strongly preferred
  • Student advising experience strongly preferred
  • Proven experience and skill in teaching and learning online is highly desirable as this position requires teaching in both the EXA and EXAH programs
  • Owing to the unique nature of the California Institute for Integral Studies' philosophy, candidates are urged to closely review the CIIS website in general and the Expressive Arts Therapy pages in particular to assess personal alignment with programmatic and institutional missions

Additional Information:


Salary commensurate with skills and experience.


  • Background Check -- Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position. If your job requires driving on behalf of CIIS you will be required to provide proof of a valid driver's license.
  • Visa Sponsorship -- Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.
  • Relocation Assistance -- This position is not eligible for relocation assistance.


CIIS is committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio- economic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, or medical condition. We seek to increase the presence, representation and inclusion of U.S. historically under-represented people of color, international, bilingual and bicultural students, faculty and staff; and, to provide an environment that will attract and retain individuals identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQQI).

Application Instructions:

Screening begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Using the Apply Now link, please submit the following online:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • A three- to five-page statement, detailing:
    • background as an expressive arts therapist including a full discussion of arts orientation and training
    • background in counseling psychology/family therapy including a discussion of your theoretical orientation
    • personal teaching philosophy and its fit with CIIS's educational philosophy in general and the Expressive Arts Therapy program's mission in particular
    • your experience of graduate-level teaching with diverse students


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