Deadline to Apply: Deadline extended to Friday, Dec. 20, 2019
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, contemporary psychoanalytic, relational, and intersubjectivity 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, affect regulation, transference/countertransference, projective identification, enactment and self-disclosure. These concepts will be applied to work in nontraditional settings and with diverse populations.
The program fulfills a maximum of 15 hours of group supervision* for those pursuing their L.C.S.W. license, including three hours of social work ethics instruction.
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.
Participants in this certificate program: 1) explore the therapeutic process from several complementary psychodynamic frameworks including Object Relations, Psychoanalytic, Intersubjectivity, and Relational Theories; 2) use these and other theories to formulate strategies for assessment and intervention; and 3) discuss how to meaningfully integrate psychodynamic theory and techniques into one's own practice.
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. (for more information on faculty see below)
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.
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 2020 certificate program is Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Please see the PSCSW website for details about scholarship opportunities for this program.
Continuing Education Credits*
Students who enroll and who apply the group supervision hours toward their L.C.S.W. supervision requirements will receive 1-1/2 continuing education credits/session attended. Those students who do not plan to use the group supervision hours toward L.C.S.W. requirements will receive 2-1/2 continuing education credits/session attended. Continuing education certificates will be emailed following the completion of the program. This program also offers three ethics credits for re-licensure.
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. NoteE: Participants must attend a minimum of 12 of the 15 sessions to qualify for the Certificate.
Cost of the certificate consists of a $50 application fee and tuition of $825. Tuition for current PSCSW members or field supervisors of current BMC GSSWSR 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 and 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.
Marjorie Adis, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., is in private practice in Merion and Center City. She works with couples and individuals in long-term psychodynamic relational psychotherapy, as well as providing clinical supervision. She is active in the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work.
Neal Beatus, M.S.S., L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist in private practice with GKSW/Crystal Group Associates in Wyndmoor, PA. He sees clients of all ages from preschoolers to senior citizens. He has been a social worker for more than 25 years. He has extensive post-graduate training in Psychoanalytic Object Relations Theory and has conducted many psychotherapy trainings.
Miriam Field, M.S.S., L.C.S.W., has an active private practice treating individuals of all ages and couples in Merion and Center City. She also provides clinical supervision. A Training and Supervising psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCOP), she teaches in the adult psychotherapy training program. She is currently President of PCOP.
Karen Fraley, M.S.S., L.C.S.W., B.C.D., is in private practice in Exton, PA, providing psychoanalytic psychotherapy to individuals and couples, and clinical supervision to therapists. She holds certification in Object Relations Therapy from the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) in Washington, DC. She is also an active faculty member at IPI and a founding member of the Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center. She is a Fellow member of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work.
Donna Harris, M.A., M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Psy.A., is in private practice at Intercultural Counseling LLC, in Drexel Hill, providing psychoanalytic psychotherapy to adults, couples and groups as well as clinical supervision to psychotherapists. Donna also facilitates diversity and workshops. She holds certifications in Relational Psychoanalysis as well as Mindful Facilitation of Cross-cultural Dialogues. She is a clinical faculty member at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and an active member of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work.