California Graduate Institute

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The California Graduate Institute (CGI) was founded in 1968 as an independent graduate school specializing in psychology, marital and family therapy, and psychoanalysis. CGI and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology formally announced in fall 2008 that they were uniting.[1] The merger was approved by The Chicago School’s accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), in October 2008. HLC joins the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as two of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States.[2]


The California Graduate Institute was founded in 1968. In the year of its 40th anniversary, CGI merged with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.[1] Its Westwood and Irvine locations joined The Chicago School’s Los Angeles Campus[3] as part of the school’s regional expansion into Southern California. CGI’s co-founder, Dr. Marvin Koven, is no longer with CGI.[4]

Degree programs[edit]

CGI offers both the Masters of Arts and Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degrees in Psychology (with the possibility to elect a Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) emphasis). Several certificate programs are also offered.[5] The majority of CGI psychology graduates practice in California.[6]


Graduates completing psychology doctoral degree requirements will be eligible to sit for licensure before California’s Board of Psychology (BOP).[7] Students earning the Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) credential will be eligible to sit for licensure by the California Board of Behavior Sciences (BBS).[8]

CE programs[edit]

California Graduate Institute is approved for continued education (CE) in various subjects by the following organizations:

  • Veteran Administration – approves for GI Bill inclusion a wide range of educational programs (including graduate level education) .[9]
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW) – a member association that offers approval of social work programs in continuing education for its members. However, the association's approval program (NASW CE approval) is not approved by the official Social Work Licensure Boards in several states, including California.[10]
  • California Board of Registered Nursing – approves registered nursing and advanced practice nursing programs in California.
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences – approves continuing education providers (such as schools, associations, health facilities, governmental entities, educational institutions, extension programs, individuals, etc) in behavioral science in California.[11]
  • Division of Allied Health Professions of the Medical Board of California – approves research programs in Psychoanalysis, the first such program approved by the Allied Health Professions is offered at CGI.[12]
  • California Psychological Association – a professional association in California which approves sponsors for continuing education for psychologists. The individual courses are approved by the MCEP Accrediting Agency.[13]
  • American Psychological Association (APA) – approves sponsors of continuing education for psychologists. Graduates of unaccredited state-approved schools such as CGI are limited to associate membership in APA.[6]


California Graduate Institute is an accredited member in the Society of Modern Psychoanalysis, a corporation in New York City which accepts membership from institutes after review by an Institute Membership Committee. On approval, the institute becomes an accredited member of the corporation.[14]


  1. ^ a b "The Chicago School Unites with CGI, Expands Number of Southern Cal Campuses". The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  2. ^ About the Higher Learning Commission
  3. ^ Downtown Gets Psyched UpLA Downtown News, October 25, 2008.
  4. ^ TCS-CGI Frequently Asked Questions Updated: November 10, 2008[dead link][dead link]
  5. ^ "Graduate Programs at CGI". California Graduate Institute. Archived from the original on 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  6. ^ a b Thomas, John. "Brouhaha brewing over nonaccredited programs in California". The National Psychologist, Vol. 8, No. 2, March/April 1999.
  7. ^ An Overview of Licensure as a Psychologist Section 2914 of the Business and Professions Code
  8. ^ Approved Legislation – 2009 AB 1897 (Emmerson) Acceptance of degrees conferred by schools approved by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education
  9. ^ U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Education programs: IHL. Retrieved 2 March 2007.
  10. ^ NASW. Social Work Licensure Boards’ Response to the NASW CE Approval Program. Retrieved 2 March 2007.
  11. ^ Board of Behavioral Science. CE Provider FAQ's. Retrieved 2 March 2007.
  12. ^ CGI. History, Licencing and Approvals. Retrieved 2 March 2007.
  13. ^ CPA. Which courses count toward the continuing education requirement for license renewal?. Retrieved 2 March 2007.
  14. ^ Society of Modern Psychoanalysis. Mission and Purpose, Section 3: Review Procedures; Criteria for membership: Institutes; and Modern Psychoanalytical Institutes/SMP Members. Retrieved 2 March 2007.

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