Developing as a clinician is a life-long process. Our online psychotherapy specialization certificates provide clinicians with a convenient, practical, and affordable means to develop and demonstrate a solid foundation in specific fields of professional practice. Some clinicians may wish to focus their coursework within a familiar approach, while others may choose to learn more about a new orientation. Our institute specialization certificates allow you to make use of your professional development and continuing education courses to achieve these goals.
Simply accrue the number of our continuing education credits in designated courses specified for the certificate. A typical sequence of designated courses includes several core courses and the remaining credits in designated electives. Core courses are typically 8 hours long and presented in an audio format, accompanied by a written manuscript. Electives range from 1 to 8 hours and may consist of audio courses, articles, books, or webinars. Course descriptions note whether an offering is introductory, intermediate, or advanced and certificate descriptions indicate recommended course sequences for novices. You may take courses in any order that you believe best fits your goals. You have 7 years to complete the courses to earn a certificate. And you may decide at any time–now or in the future–whether you wish to apply courses to earn a specialization certificate.
American Psychological Association standards require 75% passage of a test for continuing education (CE) credit. A passing score on the CE test serves to document each course’s completion. There are no additional tests required to earn a specialization certificate.
Our online multiple choice tests automatically follow each course and are designed so that they may provide you with a review of the material. Any incorrect responses receive immediate corrective feedback and you may repeat tests an unlimited number of times without penalty until passing. A downloadable Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing and is accessible at any time in the future (simply log in to your account, click My Courses, Expand All, and the certificate icon).
There is no additional fee for the specialization certificate.
We will send you a personalized certificate to demonstrate your completion of the specialization. The specialization is intended for post-graduate professionals pursuing professional development and continuing education courses and does not constitute a degree.
Whenever you decide to pursue a specialization certificate, simply email us.
We currently offer a specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for those who are interested in obtaining training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. We are developing specializations in other areas as well, including Mindfulness Training and Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence. We welcome your input!
To earn the specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, take three or more of our core courses in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and accrue a total of 48 CE credits with our psychoanalytic offerings. You may select any of our psychoanalytic courses and take them in any order you choose. Offerings are being added and updated continuously.
Our core psychoanalytic courses include: Classical Psychoanalytic Theory (introductory level), Ego Psychology (introductory level), Object Relations Theory (introductory level), Personality Disorders from a Psychodynamic Perspective (intermediate level), and Psychodynamics of the Therapeutic Relationship (intermediate level). If you are new to the field, we recommend that you take all of the core courses in the order listed, but you are not required to do so.