The Institute for Clinical Social Work

Personal growth, professional development, and career advancement — these are the pillars of The Institute for Clinical Social Work. Combining the study of psychodynamic theory and real-world clinical training, our master’s and Ph.D. programs prepare you to make a strong and lasting impact on the people and communities you serve. Whether you’re an experienced practitioner looking to take the next step in your career or you’re just getting started on the path to licensure, ICSW provides an individualized education designed to fit your schedule and define your future.

ICSW’s psychodynamic perspective and strong clinical emphasis distinguish us among master’s and doctoral programs. Our educational approach unites theoretical training, real-world experience, and ongoing mentorship to prepare our students to practice at an advanced level.

As the nation’s first and only accredited, independent institution to offer a doctoral program in clinical social work, we make distinct contributions to this vibrant and rewarding field. Whether pursuing a master’s or Ph.D., our students graduate prepared to become leaders in clinical counseling and psychotherapy.

What makes ICSW’s programs unique:

  • Clinical training embedded in each program: We connect MA students to practicum opportunities in the field; Doctoral students make use of their current clinical work
  • Students’ practice settings are the basis for clinical learning in the classroom and in consultation in both MA and PhD programs
  • Scholarship of a university with the intimacy of a small school seminar-style classes and individual instruction
  • Incomparable support at every step of the dissertation process for our doctoral students
  • Renowned faculty who practice what they teach
  • Membership in an esteemed academy of clinician-scholars
  • Leadership in the fields of clinical social work and counseling

Our doctoral students have recently submitted dissertations that explore:

  • “Self-narratives of children of divorced parents”
  • “The experience of women whose husbands use Internet pornography”
  • “Attachment, depression, and medication in adolescents with HIV infection”
  • “Señoritas and princesses: The quinceañeara as a context for female development”
  • “Relationship Between Mental Health and Sexual Functioning in the Older Adult”
  • “Protective Vigilance: The Experience of Parenting an Adolescent Who Has Learning Disabilities”