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Advanced Clinical Practice

Program Overview

The Post-Master's Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice is a two-semester course of study that emphasizes contemporary clinical theories and clinical practice principles and processes. This program provides knowledge in contemporary psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theories and their practice applications. Its comparative approach reflects a commitment to individualization, open inquiry, and critical analysis through a multicultural perspective. Discussion topics include: issues related to gender, social class, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, and disability, and consideration of current and emerging theoretical and practical issues.

From the Director

Theresa Aiello

“The spirit of the Advanced Clinical Practice Certificate Program as articulated by its founding director, the late Dr. Eda Goldstein, remains applicable: ‘The Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Advanced Clinical Practice presents students with the most cutting-edge, contemporary psycho- analytic/psychodynamic theories and their practice application to a wide range of clients and client problems. The program is very user-friendly, and what students learn about the treatment process is invaluable. Student evaluations reveal that the instructors challenge them to think more critically and help them to grow as clinicians.'"

-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 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 Units

NASW-approved CEUs: 40

2014-15 Program Calendar

Section 1:

Thursday Evening section (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm)
Semester 1:
  • September 4, 18
  • October 2, 16, 30
  • November 13
  • December 4, 18
Semester 2:
  • January 15, 29
  • February 12, 26
  • March 12, 26
  • April 9, 23

Section 2:

Friday Morning section (9:00 am to 11:30 am)
Semester 1:
  • September 5, 19
  • October 3, 17, 31
  • November 14
  • December 5, 19
Semester 2:
  • January 16, 30
  • February 13, 27
  • March 13, 27
  • April 10, 24

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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