CoA Statement and CIIS Response to Revocation of Accreditation
CoA statement regarding decision to revoke accreditation of the Clinical PsyD program at California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
During its meeting of July 23-24, 2012 with supplemental submissions on July 27, 2012 and August 2, 2012, an appeal panel of the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA) upheld the CoA’s decision of October 20-23, 2011 to revoke the accreditation of the doctoral program in clinical psychology (PsyD) at the California Institute of Integral Studies. The program was deemed to be not fully consistent with the Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology (G&P). In particular, the CoA in reviewing the program did not believe that it was consistent with several requirements in the following areas: Domain B: Program Philosophy, Objectives, and Curriculum Plan; Domain C: Program Resources; Domain E: Student-Faculty Relations; Domain F: Program Self-Assessment and Quality Enhancement; and the impact of these issues across the domains of the G&P.
Response by the California Institute of Integral Studies to the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation’s Decision
CIIS is a non-profit, San Francisco-based Institute. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). CIIS was formed in 1968 by leading intellectuals to facilitate the integration of eastern disciplines with western psychology and related disciplines. It has a proud history of turning out very successful clinical psychologists who serve the underserved and have contributed to the innovation that characterizes mental health in the Bay Area. Recently, it was selected as one of only three California facilities selected to receive state stipends to train psychologists from underserved populations and was cited by the New York Times as one of the first programs in the country to recognize the clinical applicability of eastern contemplative practices to the alleviation of human suffering.
We are pleased that our students continue to get licensed and have higher pass rates on the national psychology exam over the last five years than any APA approved Psy.D. program in our area, and we will continue to provide innovative and cutting edge training to our future clinical psychologists. While we recognize the APA’s decision, we strongly believe that people who actually read the documents would agree that this was a strikingly unfair, unresponsive, and unwarranted decision. Access to the documents can be obtained by contacting our doctoral psychology program office through our website.