ICSW’s two-year master’s program in clinical counseling and psychotherapy is a non-resident, full- or part-time course of study designed to prepare students for careers in counseling and psychotherapy, with a specific emphasis on the integration of contemporary psychodynamic perspectives. After students complete the degree, they are eligible to apply for state licensure (LPC), putting them on a path to completing the second level of licensure necessary to open their own private practice in the future.
- Two years of coursework for full-time students (total of 55 semester credit hours)
- 4 additional elective hours are available in Thesis Seminar
- Classes meet on Friday afternoons, all day Saturday, and one evening per week, making it possible for working students to continue their jobs while completing coursework.
- Students take courses with the same, small cohort — each cohort consists of around ten students.
- Course instructors, who are all highly qualified clinicians with post-master’s training and work in a variety of direct practice settings, also serve as the cohort’s individual academic advisers and are experienced ICSW faculty members.
- Students are part of the overall ICSW community, which includes students in the on-site and distance-learning doctoral programs, and participants in our Advanced Clinical Practice and Inquiring Minds programs. Students have access to all ICSW community programs and supports.
- The program incorporates a psychodynamic framework into many of the basic courses and offers additional courses specific to psychodynamic conceptualization and training.
- Coursework is consistent with state requirements for clinical licensure eligibility.
- Two years of clinical training includes approximately 900 hours in high-quality, supervised practice settings—the program offers two years of clinical training instead of one because of ICSW’s commitment to clinical education.
- Placements are exclusively clinical and take place with top agencies that provide clinical services.
- Students spend approximately 7–14 hours per week at their practicum site during the first year and approximately 21 hours per week during the second year.
- As part of their coursework, students attend a weekly practicum seminar where they discuss their practicum experiences and begin integrating clinical experience and theory.
- The training process is closely monitored by ICSW faculty and clinical practicum supervisors.