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Program Overview

ICSW’s doctoral program is a non-resident, full-time course of study arranged to avoid interruption of our students’ clinical employment. While many of the students who enroll in our Ph.D. program are licensed clinical social workers and licensed clinical professional counselors, this is not a requirement for admission. Classes meet at the Institute on Friday afternoons and all day Saturday on alternating weekends, from September to December and from January to June. Completion of the doctoral requirements results in the acquisition of the Ph.D. in clinical social work.

Details and Requirements

  • Four years of coursework
  • 86 total credit hours (includes class credit hours, clinical practicum credit hours, dissertation credit hours)
  • Incorporates dissertation work, clinical practica, and case consultations
  • Dissertation submission and defense required to graduate

Curriculum Goals

Advance the student’s capacity to  rigorously, and ethically conceptualize, and critically examine problems/issues of clinical social work practice and to conduct evidence-based and scholarly research.

Advance the student’s capacity to apply psychodynamic theories and relevant techniques to the practice of clinical social work.

Conceptual Foundations
Advance the student’s knowledge of and capacity for scholarly and critical examination of the theories that inform the psychodynamic tradition of clinical social work practice.

Sample Curriculum

First Year

RM 601 – Traditions of Inquiry in the Social Sciences I
CF 611 – Psychodynamic Psychology I: Psychodynamic Theories I
CF 621 – Developmental Theory I
CL 601 – Case Conference I: The Case Study
CL 611 – Clinical Process and Technique I: The Therapeutic Situation
Clinical Practicum I

RM 602 – Traditions of Inquiry in the Social Sciences II
CF 612 – Psychodynamic Psychology II: Psychodynamic Theories II
CF 622 – Developmental Theory II
CL 602 – Case Conference II: The Case Study
CL 612 – Perspectives on Clinical Formulation

Second Year

RM 701 –Research Methods I
CF 711 – Psychodynamic Psychology III: Freud
CL 721– Beyond 50 Minute Hour
CL 701 – Case Conference III
CL 711 – Clinical Process and Technique II: The Therapeutic Attitude
Clinical Practicum II
Clinical Practicum III

RM 702 –Research Methods II
CF 712 – Psychodynamic Psychology IV: Object Relations
CF 721 –Psychoanalytic Social Theory
CL 702 – Case Conference IV
CL 712 – Perspectives on Human Suffering

Third Year

RM 801 – Research Methods III
CF 811 – Psychodynamic Psychology V: Self Psychology
CL 821 –The Social Construction of Difference I: Race, Racialization, and Social Class
CL 801 – Case Conference V
CL 831 – Clinical Process and Technique III: The Clinical Unconscious
Clinical Practicum IV
Clinical Practicum V

RM 802 – Research Methods IV
CF 812 – Psychodynamic Psychology VI: Relational Theory
CF 822 – The Social Construction of Difference II: Gender and Sexuality
CL 802 – Case Conference VI
CL 803 Case Conference VII: The Therapist’s Subjectivity

Fourth Year

RM 901 – Dissertation Seminar I
CF 911 –Psychodynamic Psychology VII: Capstone Theory
ESCL 101 – Clinical Elective
Clinical Practicum VI

RM 902 –Dissertation Seminar II
ESCF 102 – Theory Elective
ESCL 102 – Clinical Elective
ESCF 101 – Theory Elective