Master of Science in Integrative Mental Health

Questions? 503.552.1660 / Toll-free 877.669.8737 or admissions@nunm.edu

Our Master of Science in Integrative Mental Health (MSiMH) is an active, experiential program designed to enhance self-awareness and facilitate self-discovery. Students should be prepared to be vulnerable with their peers and instructors as they explore their own psyches. Each student’s personal psychological discoveries will guide them in learning how to work with and assist clients.

Several courses are delivered in weekend formats, allowing a safe space and sufficient time for deep examination and processing. Students explore how their personal identities as healthcare professionals are shaped by what they learn about themselves. Throughout this process, our students have ample opportunity to practice new psychotherapeutic techniques as they support one another in self-exploration.

Students work closely with mentors to conceptualize and manage cases, practice skills and continually reflect on personal experience and growth as a practitioner. Our graduates are well equipped to address the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health disorders from an integrative medicine perspective.

The MSiMH program is available only to students concurrently enrolled in an NUNM clinical degree program (ND, MSOM or DSOM).

Student Experience

“Learning the foundations of a healthy lifestyle,” Brian Plante (Integrative Mental Health and Naturopathic Medicine Programs, Class of 2019) discusses the integrative mental health program and its holistic approach.

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Program News

Faculty Highlight

Angela Senders, ND, MCR

Dr. Angela Senders is the assistant dean of the School of Research & Graduate Studies and chair of the Master of Science in Integrative Mental Health (MSiMH) program at NUNM. She received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005 (now known as National University of Natural Medicine), and then maintained a private practice for six years with a focus on mind-body medicine. During this time, Dr. Senders trained extensively with Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches (M.E.T.A.), one of the premier educational institutes for applied mindfulness, located in Portland, Oregon. Her work with clients utilized mindfulness and somatic psychotherapeutic techniques to address the relationship between life experience and physical disease.

In 2011, Dr. Senders was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship with the Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Diseases at Oregon Health & Science University to study mind-body medicine in a larger healthcare context. She completed a Master of Clinical Research degree in 2014 and was recently awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to support her program of research. Dr. Senders investigates the impact of psychological stress and mindfulness in multiple sclerosis and aims to improve the experience of living with a chronic neurological condition.

Program Options

The Master of Science in Integrative Mental Health program may be taken concurrently with the following programs.

  • MSiMH

    Admissions Requirements for MSiMH

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MSiMH Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • MSiMH: Professional Experience

      Tell us about your prior professional experience with mental health. Describe any relevant work experience, trainings, licensures, or other credentials that will help us understand your previous exposure to this kind of work. Please be frank, minimal experience in this area is not a preclusion to the program, we simply want to understand your background. (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH: Group Settings

      This is an experiential program in which students are expected to participate in self-reflection and their own psychological exploration. Thus, the success of this program is highly dependent upon a safe and supportive group dynamic. Tell us about your experiences and style as a group member, how you resolve interpersonal conflicts, and how you see yourself adding to the richness and preservation of the group. Please include challenges you experience in group settings and where you may need help with this. (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH: Personal Assessment

      While most program applications ask you to demonstrate how adept, skilled or advanced you are—here we are looking to get a sense of your curiosity, humility and self-awareness. Please tell us about your growing edges, issues you have worked on or are working on, or challenges you experience in just “being human.” Discuss your ability to receive feedback and reflection regarding these edges, and include examples of when this has worked well and not so well for you. (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH: Challenging Experiences

      Because this is a training and not a group therapy program, we expect students to be able to adequately manage their psychological and physical processes, be self-aware, and able to access medical and psychological support as needed. Please describe your current support network, available resources, and how you choose to manage challenging experiences. (450 words or less)

    • MSiMH: Goals

      Briefly, how does the MSiMH degree fit into your career and life goals? What is your vision for applying what you will learn in this program? (450 words or less)

    • Medical License

      The Master of Science in Integrative Mental Health program is available to active medical/health care licensed professionals (ND, LAc, or DC), please upload a copy of your active medical/health care license. If you are unsure whether your license meets program requirements please contact admissions@nunm.edu.

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for MSiMH*
    Credits 10
    Cost/Credit $435
    Tuition $4,350
    Fees** $250
    Total $4,600

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MSiMH program.

    Total MSiMH Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      58

    • Elective credits

      8

    • Total required credits

      66

    • ND/MSiMH

      Admissions Requirements for ND/MSiMH

      GPA

      A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

      Prerequisite Courses

      Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

      General Biology 2 Science-major level. Must include cellular biology. Competencies may be met through other courses, such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Lab work required.
      General Chemistry 4 Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
      General Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
      Mathematics 1 Must be in algebra, calculus, or math-based statistics.
      English Composition 1
      Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
      Social Sciences 1 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
      Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
      • General Biology — 2 Courses
        Science-major level. Must include cellular biology. Competencies may be met through other courses, such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Lab work required.
      • General Chemistry — 4 Courses
        Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
      • General Physics — 1 Course
        Must include mechanics.
      • Mathematics — 1 Course
        Must be in algebra, calculus, or math-based statistics.
      • English Composition — 1 Course
      • Psychology — 1 Course
        Human psychology covering the life span.
      • Social Sciences — 1 Course
        Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
      • Humanities — 1 Course
        Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

      A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

      Documents & Essays

      Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

      Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MSiMH Program

      • Resume

        A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

      • Personal Statement

        Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

      • ND: Primary Care

        While you might not choose to ultimately practice as a primary care physician, you will be trained as such at NUNM and will be expected to work with all patients without bias or discrimination. Please discuss how you anticipate dealing with the following situations while you are a student at NUNM: a) Providing healthcare to patients who may differ from you in terms of gender identity, religion, political viewpoints, race, sexual orientation, etc. b) Providing treatments that you may have conflicting personal beliefs around but are necessary parts of your naturopathic education, including but not limited to administration of immunizations, pharmaceutical drugs, homeopathy, hormone therapies for patients undergoing gender transitions, etc. (maximum 1,000 words, double spaced)

      • MSiMH: Professional Experience

        Tell us about your prior professional experience with mental health. Describe any relevant work experience, trainings, licensures, or other credentials that will help us understand your previous exposure to this kind of work. Please be frank, minimal experience in this area is not a preclusion to the program, we simply want to understand your background. (450 words or less)

      • MSiMH: Group Settings

        This is an experiential program in which students are expected to participate in self-reflection and their own psychological exploration. Thus, the success of this program is highly dependent upon a safe and supportive group dynamic. Tell us about your experiences and style as a group member, how you resolve interpersonal conflicts, and how you see yourself adding to the richness and preservation of the group. Please include challenges you experience in group settings and where you may need help with this. (450 words or less)

      • MSiMH: Personal Assessment

        While most program applications ask you to demonstrate how adept, skilled or advanced you are—here we are looking to get a sense of your curiosity, humility and self-awareness. Please tell us about your growing edges, issues you have worked on or are working on, or challenges you experience in just “being human.” Discuss your ability to receive feedback and reflection regarding these edges, and include examples of when this has worked well and not so well for you. (450 words or less)

      • MSiMH: Challenging Experiences

        Because this is a training and not a group therapy program, we expect students to be able to adequately manage their psychological and physical processes, be self-aware, and able to access medical and psychological support as needed. Please describe your current support network, available resources, and how you choose to manage challenging experiences. (450 words or less)

      • MSiMH: Goals

        Briefly, how does the MSiMH degree fit into your career and life goals? What is your vision for applying what you will learn in this program? (450 words or less)

      Estimated Program Cost

      First-Year Tuition & Fees for ND*
      Credits 82.75
      Cost/Credit $435
      Tuition $35,996
      Fees** $777
      Total $36,773

      * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

      ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the ND program.

      The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

      Total ND Degree Credits

      • Core program credits

        286

      • Elective credits

        16

      • Total required credits

        302

        Total MSiMH Degree Credits

        • Core program credits

          58

        • Elective credits

          8

        • Total required credits

          66

        • DSOM/MSiMH

          Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MSiMH

          GPA

          A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

          Prerequisite Courses

          Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

          General Biology 1 Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
          General Chemistry 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
          Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
          Social Sciences 1 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
          Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
          • General Biology — 1 Course
            Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
          • General Chemistry — 1 Course
            Science-major level preferred with lab.
          • Physics — 1 Course
            Must include mechanics.
          • Social Sciences — 1 Course
            Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
          • Humanities — 1 Course
            Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

          A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

          Documents & Essays

          Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

          Required Documents and Essays for the DSOM/MSiMH Program

          • Resume

            A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

          • Personal Statement

            Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

          • DSOM #1

            Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the DSOM Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

          • MSiMH: Professional Experience

            Tell us about your prior professional experience with mental health. Describe any relevant work experience, trainings, licensures, or other credentials that will help us understand your previous exposure to this kind of work. Please be frank, minimal experience in this area is not a preclusion to the program, we simply want to understand your background. (450 words or less)

          • MSiMH: Group Settings

            This is an experiential program in which students are expected to participate in self-reflection and their own psychological exploration. Thus, the success of this program is highly dependent upon a safe and supportive group dynamic. Tell us about your experiences and style as a group member, how you resolve interpersonal conflicts, and how you see yourself adding to the richness and preservation of the group. Please include challenges you experience in group settings and where you may need help with this. (450 words or less)

          • MSiMH: Personal Assessment

            While most program applications ask you to demonstrate how adept, skilled or advanced you are—here we are looking to get a sense of your curiosity, humility and self-awareness. Please tell us about your growing edges, issues you have worked on or are working on, or challenges you experience in just “being human.” Discuss your ability to receive feedback and reflection regarding these edges, and include examples of when this has worked well and not so well for you. (450 words or less)

          • MSiMH: Challenging Experiences

            Because this is a training and not a group therapy program, we expect students to be able to adequately manage their psychological and physical processes, be self-aware, and able to access medical and psychological support as needed. Please describe your current support network, available resources, and how you choose to manage challenging experiences. (450 words or less)

          • MSiMH: Goals

            Briefly, how does the MSiMH degree fit into your career and life goals? What is your vision for applying what you will learn in this program? (450 words or less)

          Estimated Program Cost

          First-Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM*
          Credits 56.75
          Cost/Credit $435
          Tuition $24,686
          Fees** $1,567
          Total $26,253

          * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

          ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the DSOM program.

          The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

          Total DSOM Degree Credits

          • Core program credits

            257

          • Elective credits

            10

          • Total required credits

            267

            Total MSiMH Degree Credits

            • Core program credits

              58

            • Elective credits

              8

            • Total required credits

              66

            • MSOM/MSiMH

              Admissions Requirements for MSOM/MSiMH

              GPA

              A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

              Prerequisite Courses

              Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

              General Biology 1 Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
              General Chemistry 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
              Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
              Social Sciences 1 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
              Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
              • General Biology — 1 Course
                Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
              • General Chemistry — 1 Course
                Science-major level preferred with lab.
              • Physics — 1 Course
                Must include mechanics.
              • Social Sciences — 1 Course
                Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
              • Humanities — 1 Course
                Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

              A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

              Documents & Essays

              Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

              Required Documents and Essays for the MSOM/MSiMH Program

              • Resume

                A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

              • Personal Statement

                Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

              • MSOM #2

                Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

              • MSiMH: Professional Experience

                Tell us about your prior professional experience with mental health. Describe any relevant work experience, trainings, licensures, or other credentials that will help us understand your previous exposure to this kind of work. Please be frank, minimal experience in this area is not a preclusion to the program, we simply want to understand your background. (450 words or less)

              • MSiMH: Group Settings

                This is an experiential program in which students are expected to participate in self-reflection and their own psychological exploration. Thus, the success of this program is highly dependent upon a safe and supportive group dynamic. Tell us about your experiences and style as a group member, how you resolve interpersonal conflicts, and how you see yourself adding to the richness and preservation of the group. Please include challenges you experience in group settings and where you may need help with this. (450 words or less)

              • MSiMH: Personal Assessment

                While most program applications ask you to demonstrate how adept, skilled or advanced you are—here we are looking to get a sense of your curiosity, humility and self-awareness. Please tell us about your growing edges, issues you have worked on or are working on, or challenges you experience in just “being human.” Discuss your ability to receive feedback and reflection regarding these edges, and include examples of when this has worked well and not so well for you. (450 words or less)

              • MSiMH: Challenging Experiences

                Because this is a training and not a group therapy program, we expect students to be able to adequately manage their psychological and physical processes, be self-aware, and able to access medical and psychological support as needed. Please describe your current support network, available resources, and how you choose to manage challenging experiences. (450 words or less)

              • MSiMH: Goals

                Briefly, how does the MSiMH degree fit into your career and life goals? What is your vision for applying what you will learn in this program? (450 words or less)

              Estimated Program Cost

              First-Year Tuition & Fees for MSOM*
              Credits 43.25
              Cost/Credit $435
              Tuition $18,814
              Fees** $1,567
              Total $20,381

              * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

              ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MSOM program.

              The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

              Total MSOM Degree Credits

              • Core program credits

                213

              • Elective credits

                6

              • Total required credits

                219

                Total MSiMH Degree Credits

                • Core program credits

                  58

                • Elective credits

                  8

                • Total required credits

                  66

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