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Advanced Clinical Practice

Program Overview

The Post-Masters Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice is a two semester course of study. The program is unique in providing an integrated and broad spectrum of contemporary theories and practice. These include Cognitive Behavioral theory and practice, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and practice, Trauma, Contemporary psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theories including Object Relations, Self Psychology, Relational Theory and Attachment theory and research and its application to practice. Our mission is unique in utilizing a broad spectrum of evidence based practices and reflecting a commitment to open inquiry and critical analysis through a multicultural perspective. Discussion topics include issues related to subjectivity and intersubjectivity, gender, social class, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual identities and disabilities. We consider the dilemmas frequently presented in current and emerging theoretical and practice issues.

From the Director

Theresa Aiello

The spirit of the Advanced Clinical Practice program continues to evolve since its inception as a program that is both practical and thought provoking. We offer an equally integrated program utilizing contemporary models applicable to the practice issues that present themselves in agencies and in private practice. Clinical issues such as trauma, domestic violence, depression, anxiety and emotional regulation and sexual identities are part of our application of theory to practice. The program is designed to provide practitioners with a palette of choices for treatment interventions, all of which have evidence based underpinnings. All of our faculty are currently in direct practice, scholarship and research.

-Theresa Aiello, PhD, LCSW

Program Requirements

This certificate requires the completion of two semesters (one course per semester) over one year. Each course will be comprised of eight (8) two-and-one-half (2.5) hour sessions. Assignments include weekly readings and a final learning assessment in the form of a project or test.

There are two sections offered. Students will choose one section: Thursdays (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm) or Fridays (9:00 am to 11:30 am). See below for details.

Program Brochure

Download a program brochure by clicking here.

Addressing Grievances

For information on our Grievance Policy, please click here.

Program Highlights

  • Contemporary psychoanalytic, relational, attachment, feminist, and trauma theories and their practice implications
  • Treatment principles and process, particularly with respect to the thera-peutic relationship and dialogue
  • Issues related to multiculturalism and diversity
  • Emotional disorders
  • Childhood trauma

Continuing Education Contact Hours

  • 40 NYSED-approved contact hours will be awarded for this program.

This organization (NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/15 - 11/11/16. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in the post-master's course will receive 40 continuing education clock hours.

2016-2017 Program Calendar

Section 1:

Thursday Evening section (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm)
Semester 1:
  • September 1, 15, 29
  • October 13, 27
  • November 10
  • December 1, 8
Semester 2:
  • January 12, 26
  • February 9, 23
  • March 9, 23
  • April 6, 20

Section 2:

Friday Morning section (9:00 am to 11:30 am)
Semester 1:
  • September 2, 16, 30
  • October 14, 28
  • November 11
  • December 2, 9
Semester 2:
  • January 13, 27
  • February 10, 24
  • March 10, 24
  • April 7, 21

Apply Now

To apply for this program, please click on the application link below.

You will be taken to a new page and prompted to set up an application account. Once you create an application account, you will be able to begin an application for one of our certificate programs. Make sure to select the application for "Advanced Clinical Practice" from the list of available applications.

NOTE: If you have an NYU email address, you should not use this email address when creating the application account.

Special Accommodations

Students requiring accommodations have the opportunity to make these known on the application or by writing to

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The academic experience has allowed me to enhance my clinical knowledge and to utilize a therapeutic approach in assisting clients. The learning experiences have proven to be invaluable in helping my clients, both at work and in private practice.
- Paul A. Gildersleeve, LMSW, CASAC, SA, Psychiatric Social Worker