Psychodynamic School Psychology

Degree Granted
Advanced Certificate
Degree Level
Graduate Certificate
Location
Garden City

Training school psychologists, social workers and guidance counselors to expand their skills in working with students, staff and parents.

Why Earn a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychodynamic School Psychology? 

This is a unique, advanced training program exclusively designed for school mental health professionals—psychologists, social workers and guidance counselors. From a psychodynamically informed perspective, a child’s functioning is influenced by a combination of emotional, cognitive, neurodevelopmental, familial and societal factors.

Candidates in this program will learn to apply the richness of practical and relevant interventions in their counseling, assessment and consultation activities within the schools.

Pursuing this advanced training program will inspire you to:

  • Expand your clinical expertise in providing a wide range of mental health services to the school community.
  • Experience the stimulation of growing and developing as a professional.
  • Be a spokesperson for influencing schools to become compassionate, growth-supporting environments for students.

Why Earn Your Certificate in Psychodynamic School Psychology at Adelphi?

Adelphi’s one-year Postgraduate Psychodynamic School Psychology Program, exclusively for mental health professionals, is based on the premise that academic achievement and emotional well-being are inseparable. Schools must serve as a supportive, compassionate and caring environment for students and personnel alike.

You will learn from world-class professionals at a well-known, internationally respected school of psychology—in live, online classes via Zoom for 2021–2022—as you develop a comprehensive understanding of the whole child.

Earn continuing education credits, which many school districts approve of in applying for salary increments.

School psychologists, social workers and guidance counselors are the first responders to meet the mental health needs of children and their families.

Stephen Hyman, PhD Co-Director of the Postgraduate Psychodynamic School Psychology Program, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology

I have noted across 32 years of school practice that the needs of students have become increasingly more complex and diverse. The psychodynamic approach has been my most valuable guide throughout that journey.

Matthew J. Tedeschi, PhD Co-Director of the Postgraduate Psychodynamic School Psychology Program, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology
90%* * Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2019
of our 2019 master’s graduates were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation
Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2019

Program Info and Options

Classes meet on Thursdays 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., online via Zoom

This is a unique one-year program for certified school psychologists, school social workers, and guidance counselors.

The curriculum is comprised of courses, seminars and individual consultation, based on contemporary psychodynamic understandings of human motivation and behavior.

A psychodynamic approach is well suited to the work of school psychologists, school social workers, and guidance counselors. This perspective stresses that a child’s functioning is influenced by a combination of emotional, cognitive, neurodevelopmental, familial and societal forces. A comprehensive understanding of the whole child informs counseling sessions, advice given to parents and classroom interventions, which are designed to be concrete, practical and effective.

Our goal is to enable candidates to expand their scope of expertise, stimulate their professional growth and enhance personal satisfaction. Learning new skills and exchanging ideas and experiences with colleagues and faculty members are significant ways of coping with the pressures that are part of the everyday work of school mental health practitioners.

The program is designed in four quarters of eight-week seminars. Candidates take two courses during each quarter for a total of eight courses for the year.

Participants will receive a Certificate in Psychodynamic School Psychology from Adelphi University.

At the conclusion of this program participants will be able to:

  • Assess the emotional meaning of a student’s behavior and use this knowledge to guide classroom interventions.
  • Provide effective services for children with special educational needs.
  • Develop enhanced individual and group counseling skills.
  • Respond to the traumatic, dysregulating experiences in children’s lives.
  • Conduct effective consultations with teachers, parents, and administrators.
  • Promote the development of an empathic school environment that fosters the growth of self-esteem in students and in faculty members.

Please note that these courses provide Continuing Professional Education credits, not graduate credits. Each credit represents 6 hours of class time.

Many school districts approve applying these Continuing Professional Education credits for salary increments. Check with your district personnel office for clarification regarding your district’s policy.

In addition, upon completion of each eight session 12-hour course, candidates are also eligible to receive 12 NYS approved CE credits, or a total of 96 CE credits for the completion of the one-year program.

Thursdays 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Adelphi University – Garden City Campus
Online participation is available

This is a ten-session seminar series focused on case material presented by class participants. Topics may include conducting effective psycho-educational evaluations; consultations with teachers, parents and administrators; counseling strategies; reaching hard-to-reach students and developing relevant classroom interventions for special needs students. Specific topics will vary according to the needs of the class members.

This seminar series consists of ten, ninety-minute sessions.

15 CE credits are available to candidates who attend all ten classes. Each school district determines the applicability of these CE credits toward salary increments. Check with your district for further information.

Location and dates available upon request.

The Adelphi Postgraduate Program in Psychodynamic School Psychology offers contracted in-district training for school psychologists and school social workers. Topics are tailored to meet the needs and interests of the district’s mental health staff and may include any of the courses offered in the full year program or in the Case Supervision Program. The specific curriculum is developed by consultation between school district personnel and Adelphi faculty.

Application Requirements

Applicants for this program and should submit the following:

  • Online application form and $50 fee
  • Two letters of recommendation from an academic or professional source
  • Personal essay (500 words)
  • All official college/university transcripts
  • Résumé/CV

All applicants will be contacted for a personal interview.

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