The Center for Professional Development

Clinical Certificate Program:
Navigating the Therapeutic Relationship


Thursdays, January 16 - May 8, 2014
(no class on March 13 or April 17; emergency make-up date May 15)
6:30pm-9:00pm
$50 Application Fee
$825 Tuition
($750 tuition for current PSCSW Members and Field Instructors of current BMCGSSWSR students)
Application Deadline: December 20, 2013


MISSION
      The Clinical Certificate program explores several complementary psychodynamic theories which emphasize the clinical relationship as central to the work. Understanding and sensitively handling the vicissitudes of the therapeutic relationship are hallmarks of effective treatment. ¬†Object relations, attachment, intersubjectivity and trauma theories, among others, are used to formulate strategies for assessment and intervention. The course aims to deepen and expand participants’ understanding of key theoretical concepts such as: holding environment, containment, transference/countertransference, projective identification, enactment and self-disclosure. 
      The program is designed for all levels of clinicians and is relevant to practitioners working in a variety of agency settings as well as those in private practice. Focus is primarily on clinical interventions with individual adult clients. Practitioners working with children and teens will find the course relevant.  The program’s faculty and supervisors include senior members of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW), a professional organization which promotes and advances the specialization of clinical practice within the social work profession
     The program fulfills a maximum of 15 hours of group supervision* for those pursuing their LCSW license, including three hours of social work ethics instruction.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Participants in this certificate program: 1) explore the therapeutic process from several complementary psychodynamic frameworks including Object Relations, Intersubjectivity, and Attachment Theories; 2) use these and other theories to formulate strategies for assessment and intervention; and 3) discuss how to meaningfully integrate neurobiological knowledge, and cognitive behavioral strategies and mindfulness techniques within a psychodynamic approach.

FACULTY
The program’s faculty and supervisors are senior members of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW), a professional organization that promotes and advances the specialization of clinical practice within the social work profession; as well as faculty from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

ELIGIBILITY
The program is designed for all levels of clinicians and is relevant to practitioners working in a variety of agency settings as well as those in private practice. The focus is primarily, but not exclusively, on clinical interventions with individual adult clients.

PROCEDURE
An application is required. The application process includes an interview with a representative of PSCSW that will be arranged upon receipt of the application. Application deadline for participation in the 2014 certificate program is December 13, 2013. Please see the PSCSW website for details about scholarship opportunities for this program.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
One continuing education credit/session attended is available to enrolled students who will apply the group supervision hours toward their LCSW supervision requirements. Those students who do not plan to use the group supervision hours toward LCSW requirements will receive 2-1/2 continuing education credits/session attended. Continuing education certificates will be emailed following the completion of the program.

SCHEDULING
The program meets on consecutive Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:00 pm for a total of 15 sessions. An alternate session will be scheduled in the event of a weather complication. Each session begins with a clinical topic presented by a faculty member.  The didactic portion is followed by small group clinical supervision.  The 6-7 member supervision groups are facilitated to create a safe space to present and explore case material from the perspectives discussed in the course. NOTE: Participants must attend a minimum of 12 of the 15 sessions to qualify for the Certificate.

FEES
Cost of the certificate consists of a $50 application fee and tuition of $825. Tuition for current PSCSW members or field supervisors of current BMCGSSWSR students is $750 plus the $50 administrative fee. To maintain a cohesive cohort, participants are expected to commit to attendance at all sessions.

GROUP SUPERVISION REGULATIONS
*State board regulations stipulate that group supervision be done simultaneously with individual supervision. Since the maximum number of supervision hours per week is two, one of those hours must be individual. The Clinical Certificate program satisfies the one hour per week group supervision requirement during the 15-week series.

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