The Institute for Clinical Social Work

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What does it mean to be a counselor? Counselors are part of one of several professions (such as clinical social workers, clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and psychiatrists) whose members work as psychotherapists. At ICSW, that’s what we do: with our master’s program in clinical counseling and psychotherapy, we train graduate students to become clinicians/psychotherapists and work in a variety of mental health settings; and with our doctoral programs, we help psychotherapists further their skills so they can become advanced clinicians and educators.

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 the mental health field doing counseling, psychotherapy, and community work, with a specific emphasis on the integration of modern psychodynamic perspectives. After students complete the degree, they are eligible to apply for state licensure (LPC). The program’s flexible framework consists primarily of weekend courses that allow working students to conveniently accommodate their schedules. Completion of the master’s requirements results in the acquisition of the master’s degree in clinical counseling and psychotherapy.

Upon completion of the master’s, students are prepared to seek employment in a variety of mental-health settings, including:

  • community-based mental-health services
  • the court system
  • child welfare
  • medical settings
  • schools
  • agencies serving marginalized populations
  • substance abuse treatment settings
  • private mental-health agencies
“This is a program for people that are interested in becoming psychotherapists. You will emerge from this program with the ability to apply psychodynamic theory to clinical practice in diverse settings. You will leave with the skills to competently sit with, assess, and treat people from a range of backgrounds, struggling with a range of issues. Throughout the program, you will feel encouraged, affirmed, supported, listened to, and deeply challenged. This is a program for people that are committed to the field of mental health, and want to help bring about deep, lasting changes in the lives of those they treat. There is no other Master’s program that offers such an emotionally supportive, academically rigorous, and life-changing educational experience.”

Jessica Johnson, Class of 2015