The Institute for Clinical Social Work


Academic Curriculum

At ICSW, we teach psychotherapy from the point of view of psychoanalytic or psychodynamic thinking (the terms are interchangeable). While this way of thinking has its roots in concepts originally developed by Sigmund Freud, it has changed significantly over the past 100 years. Today, psychodynamic thinking starts with the theories of Freud but also incorporates the latest research from other fields, including cognitive neuroscience’s research into how our brains register intense feelings and help us regulate what it feels like to be close to another person — and how we’re able to use this brain functioning in ways that help us understand who we are and why our relationships feel the way they do.


First Year: Fall

  • Bio-Psycho-Social Personality Assessment Methods in Professional Counseling
  • Practicum Seminar I
  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Psychopathology: Classification and Diagnostic Systems
  • Professional Ethics in Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Consultation I

First Year: Spring

  • Research Process and Techniques
  • Practicum Seminar II
  • Human Development I: Infancy through Adolescence
  • Methods in Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Fundamentals of Psychodynamic Theory
  • Clinical Consultation II


Second Year: Fall

  • Counseling and Psychotherapy in a Pluralistic Society
  • Human Development II: Young Adulthood through the Mature Years
  • Methods in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Advanced Practicum I
  • Clinical Consultation III

Second Year: Spring

  • Professional and Life Span Development
  • Group Process
  • Substance Abuse Counseling and Treatment
  • Couples and Family Psychotherapy
  • Advanced Practicum II
  • Clinical Consultation IV