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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

Diane Mirabito

"The Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Clinical Practice with Adolescents appeals to both clinicians and program directors specializing in work with adolescents. The course provides comprehensive and eclectic practice approaches to meet the needs of those working with adolescents in diverse urban agencies and clinical settings."

-Diane Mirabito, MA, DSW

Program Requirements

This certificate is awarded upon the completion of 16 sessions for a total of 40 class hours. Sessions are held bi-weekly on Mondays from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, from September through May.

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 Units

40 CEUs will be awarded for this program.

2014-15 Program Calendar

Section 1 (September 2014-May2015)

Semester 1

Monday Evening (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm)
  • September 8, 22
  • October 6, 20
  • November 3, 17
  • December 1, 15

Semester 2

Monday Evening (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm)
  • January 26
  • February 9, 23
  • March 9, 23
  • April 4, 6, 20
  • May 4

Section 2 (January 2015-June-2015)

Semester 1

Monday Evening (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm)
  • January 26
  • February 2, 9, 23
  • March 2, 9, 23, 30

Semester 2

Monday Evening (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm)
  • April 6, 13, 20, 27
  • May 4, 11, 18
  • June 1


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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