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 models of practice. These include Cognitive Behavioral theory and practice, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and practice, Trauma, Contemporary psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theories including Object Relations, Self Psychology, Intersubjective and Relational Theory, and Attachment theory and research and their 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. This year we have added the following classes: work with military personnel; introduction to somatic issues in therapy; introduction to EMDR and contemporary developments in psychodynamic treatment.  

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, 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 18 two-hour sessions over the course of two semesters, taking place Thursday evenings from 6:20 - 8:20 pm (dates below). Assignments include weekly readings and a final learning assessment in the form of a project or test.

Program Highlights

  • Contemporary psychoanalytic, relational, attachment, and trauma and their practice implications
  • Treatment principles and process, particularly with respect to the therapeutic relationship and dialogue
  • Issues related to multiculturalism and diversity
  • Emotional disorders
  • Childhood trauma
  • Contemporary Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and its application to treatment issues
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and treatment
  • Self- and other regulatory principles in couples and individuals
  • Working with fathers in treatment
  • Introduction to Somatic issues in treatment
  • Working with military personnel and their families
  • Object Relations and Self Psychology theories and practice
  • Work with GLBTQ populations
  • Introduction to EMDR
  • Comtemporary innovations in Psychodynamic theories and practice, including: Mentalization and Reflective Function, concepts of Implicit Knowing and trauma, and the work of the Boston Change Process Study Group, which utilizes Attachment Research (EBT) in treatment concepts and perspectives

Continuing Education Contact Hours

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


New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers {#SW-0012}.
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: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. *Updated approval details for 2020 will be available in January 2020


New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors {#MHC-0083}.

For Mental Health Practitioners: Please check with your state, if you are not licensed in New York, to determine if these credits will be accepted for licensing renewal.