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Clinical Practice with Adolescents

Program Overview

This post-master’s certificate program offers comprehensive and eclectic theoretical framework and practice approaches focused on specialized clinical practice skills in engagement, assessment, treatment, and prevention with adolescents and their families. It provides in-depth, culturally competent clinical knowledge and skills in areas of practice most relevant to work with adolescents and their families seen in diverse urban practice settings (health/mental health, psychiatric, youth development, community-based agencies, schools, day/residential treatment) and/or private practice. It is designed for clinicians as well as supervisors and program directors specializing in practice with adolescents.

The program will provide a multicultural perspective inclusive of gender, race, ethnicity, social class, sexual identity, and disability. It will also incorporate opportunities for participants to apply new theoretical knowledge and skills to their ongoing clinical practice with adolescents and families.

From the Director: interview with Diane Mirabito, MA, DSW

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Program Requirements

This certificate is awarded upon the completion of 16 sessions for a total of 40 class hours. Two sections of this program are offered, with Section 1 beginning in September 2014 and ending in May 2015. Sessions for this section are held bi-weekly on Mondays from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

A second section of this program is offered beginning in January 2015, and running on a weekly basis on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm through the and of May 2015.

Schedules for both sections are below.

Assignments include weekly readings and a final learning assessment in the form of a case presentation. 

Program Brochure

Download a program brochure by clicking here.

Program Highlights

  • Comprehensive, culturally competent clinical skills in engagement, assessment, treatment, and prevention
  • Individual, family, and group skills
  • Psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and family systems approaches
  • School functioning and school problems; substance use/abuse
  • Case studies

Continuing Education Contact Hours

  • 40 NYSED-approved Contact Hours will be awarded for this program.

2015-16 Program Calendar

Section 1 (September 2015-May 2016)

Semester 1

Monday Evening (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm)
  • September 21
  • October 5, 19
  • November 2, 16
  • December 7, 14

Semester 2

Monday Evening (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm)
  • January 25
  • February 8, 22
  • March 7, 21
  • April 4, 18
  • May 2, 9

Section 2 (January 2016-June-2016)

Semester 1

Tuesday Evening (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm)
  • January 26
  • February 2, 9, 23
  • March 1, 8, 22, 29

Semester 2

Tuesday Evening (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm)
  • April 5, 12, 19, 26
  • May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • June 7

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Two sections of Clinical Practice with Adolescents are available. Section 1 will begin in September 2015, and run through May 2016. Section 2 will begin in January 2016, and run through June 2016. See full schedule on this webpage.

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This program provides a fabulous overview of the unique issues that are tricky to navigate with adolescents, a rethinking of treatment modalities and their combinations, and focuses on issues that are particularly prevalent in adolescence such as depression, acting out, eating disorders, sexuality, and substance abuse. The talented professionals, specialists in their fields, who presented their ideas to us, provided us with valuable information and exposed us to what is current. I will be able to better serve my clients and their families.
- Sharon Kosakoff, MSW ’85, School Social Worker