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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.

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

40 CEU's will be awarded for this program.

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

DEADLINE TO APPLY: AUGUST 22, 2014

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Applicants must choose between either the Thursday evening or Friday morning section. Click on one of the links below, based on your choice of section:

Deadline to apply: August 22, 2014.

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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