The Integration of Theory and Practice in Cultural Context
- A two-year program for mental health professionals who are interested in deepening their clinical work and expanding their ability to link intuitive interventions to a theoretical base.
- Perfect for clinicians who wish to consolidate their continuing education by way of a cohesive curriculum.
- 60 continuing education credits per year.
Course of Study
Based on the core curriculum of our long-standing and highly successful doctoral program in clinical social work
- Year One: Attachment, Neurobiology, and Relational Theories and Methods of Treatment.
- Year Two: Fundamental Psychodynamic Theories and Methods of Treatment.
Learning takes place in scholarly and supportive case-focused seminars, integrating theory with case material brought to the seminar by group members. Cultural factors are continually interwoven in discussions of theory development and its applicability to particular patients or clients. The two-year sequence rotates to permit the admission of new students each fall of the two-year cycle.
Program Learning Outcomes
Clinical theory and practice
- Understands and is conversant in a broad range of clinical theories
- Masters two or more clinical theories and applies them to first-hand clinical situations
Socio-cultural context and cultural sensitivity
- Considers, and integrates the relative socio-cultural context within which the practitioner, the client, and the theory exist
- Thinks critically about theory, including its explanatory and ameliorative aspects, strengths, weaknesses and blind spots
- Develops and applies a discerning ethical attitude while grounded in basic professional standards
Judith R. Schore, MSW, PhD, is the colloquium leader in the South and the northern colloquium leader will be selected from among the core faculty.
Dr. Schore is a member of the Core Faculty of The Sanville Institute with many years of teaching the integration of psychodynamic theory and practice. She has extensive teaching backgrounds in attachment theory and research and contemporary psychoanalytic theories as well as traditional psychoanalytic Drive Theory, Ego Psychology, Object Relations Theory, and Self Psychology. She has published and presented throughout the United States and internationally. (See more on faculty background and publications on our Faculty and Alumni pages.) Qualified analysts and scholars on the faculty, who serve in the professional academic community, will participate in the seminars as consultants and guest lecturers on topics related to their specific areas of knowledge and expertise.
Certificate students will complete reading and writing assignments and contribute to seminar discussions by presenting case examples (individual, group, organizational, or supervisory) from their agency or private practice settings. Written assignments (one short case-based paper each trimester) will include the integration of theory and practice and socio-cultural influences and impacts on the therapeutic process.
Attendance: The Certificate requires two years of participation in a seminar that normally meets five times per quarter in four-hour blocks at approximately three-week intervals. Typical meeting times in the past have been:
Northern California (Berkeley): Five Fridays or Saturdays by group consensus, meetings per quarter, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Southern California(Northridge): Fridays as above or Saturday-Sundays by group consensus.
Supervision: There is no supervision requirement for completion of the certificate. However, participation in the intense case-focused discussions within the Colloquium meetings is a requirement.
Admission is open to qualified mental health professionals who have a master’s degree and are licensed or license-eligible. Click here to download an application, and mail completed application with $50 non-refundable application fee to the Institute by the first week of September.
Students who wish to attend and audit the Seminars in the Certificate Program will be admitted each quarter on a space-available basis. Tuition is the same, but no application process is necessary and no written assignments need be completed. Should a non-matriculated student apply to the doctoral program or the certificate program at a subsequent time, credit will be awarded on an individual basis depending on work completed and pending assessment by the faculty (certificate program) or the education committee (doctoral program).
Advanced Standing in PhD Program
Certificate graduates who elect to apply and are granted admission to the doctoral program receive some credit toward the PhD requirements. See link for further information CP to PhD credits .