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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Clinical Certificate

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$850 | 3 Ethics CEUs | Virtual

$850 | 3 Ethics CEUs | Virtual

The Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Clinical Certificate 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.

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Delivery: Synchronous Virtual Classroom via Zoom
Application (Required) |  Application Fee: $50
Application Deadline: Friday, Dec. 1, 2023 - Application period has closed.

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The Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Clinical Certificate 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 3 ethics CEU credit hours.

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, but not exclusively, on clinical interventions with individual adult clients. Practitioners working with children and teens will find the course relevant. 

Program Objectives

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.

This program is provided in collaboration with Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW).


  • Step One: Apply. Application deadline for participation in the certificate program is Friday, Dec. 1, 2023.
  • Step Two: Interview. The application process includes an interview with a faculty member of Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW) that will be arranged upon receipt of the application and application fee.
  • Step Three: Register. If accepted into the Psychodynamic Clinical Certificate Program, applicants will be sent the online registration information.


Thursdays, January 11-April 25, 2024 | 6:30-9 p.m. (15 weeks)
Note: No class Thursday, March 28, 2024

The program meets on consecutive Thursday evenings from 6:30-9 p.m. for a total of 15 sessions. 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.


Cost of the certificate consists of a $50 application fee and tuition of $850. Tuition for current PSCSW members or field supervisors of current BMC GSSWSR students is $750 plus the $50 application fee. Please see the PSCSW website for details about scholarship opportunities for this program.


To maintain a cohesive cohort, participants are expected to commit to attendance at all sessions.

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.

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.


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. 

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 over twenty-five years. He has extensive post-graduate training in Psychoanalytic Object Relations Theory and has conducted many psychotherapy trainings.

Karen Fraley, M.S.S., L.C.S.W., BCD 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.

Michelle Jackson, M.S.S., L.C.S.W. is a licensed clinical social worker treating individual clients working on personal growth, increasing self-esteem, managing transitions, as well as those dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorders, trauma, and bereavement. Much of her work with couples focuses on relationship intimacy and enhancement, as well as sexual health and improved communication. Bringing a sensitivity to issues of diversity in terms of race, gender, culture, and sexual orientation to her work, Ms. Jackson has a particular interest in working with individuals with chosen or invisible identities.

Julie Krug, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. is a psychotherapist in private practice in Philadelphia. She has been practicing clinical social work since 2000. She sees people from late teens/adolescence and up through the lifespan. Julie holds a certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center. Julie enjoys ongoing learning and relishes that aspect of being a psychotherapist.

Jill McElligott, M.S.S., L.C.S.W. has worked with young adults for over 20 years in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. She is a graduate of the psychoanalytic training program at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCOP) and the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She is an active clinical supervisor and faculty member at PCOP and Temple and Rowan Schools of Medicine. She also supervises and teaches social work interns and post-masters fellows in the Bryn Mawr College Counseling Center.

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