The Institute for Clinical Social Work


Doctoral Specializations

ICSW’s students frequently seek advanced training in specified areas of clinical social work. With this in mind, we offer students the opportunity to specialize in one of three areas: psychodynamic psychotherapy, child & adolescent social work, and military and veterans social work.


Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Specialization

The Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Specialization is designed for students who have an interest in advancing their expertise in adult psychotherapy. Courses provide a solid foundation in psychodynamic theory and technique. Clinical tutorials offer students the opportunity to consult with master clinicians on their own psychotherapy cases. To enter the specialization, students must meet all the standard admission requirements and, in addition, must: have completed (or be in) their own personal psychotherapy; have access to cases that are appropriate for psychotherapy; and have a clinical license or equivalent.

Select courses related to this specialization include:

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Child & Adolescent Specialization

The Child & Adolescent Specialization is designed for doctoral students who have an interest in advancing their psychotherapeutic skills and theoretical knowledge with a focus on intervention with children, adolescents, and their families. Specialized courses embedded within the core program prepare students for the multiple roles that working within this area entails. These courses include Problems in Childhood, Case Conference, and Clinical Process and Technique.

The School Social Work Schedule offers students within the Child & Adolescent Specialization the option of taking courses on alternate Saturdays within the academic year and summer courses (instead of Friday courses).

Select courses related to this specialization include:

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Military and Veterans Social Work Specialization

The Military and Veterans Specialization is designed for students whose clinical practice focuses on working with members of the military or veterans. The specialization emphasizes the clinical application of psychodynamic practice principles and theory, critical thinking, and cutting-edge research, and is delivered in a Distance Learning format using a combination of live video conferencing and On-site classes. The course of study includes courses that address the specific climate of military and veterans social workers, including Case Conferences, History of War Neurosis, and other electives selected by the student cohort. Students in the specialization will be expected to pursue dissertation topics relevant to military and veterans social work.

Select courses related to this specialization include:

View the Program Plan for this Specialization