Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

About Our Online Psychotherapy Certificates of Advanced Study

Online psychotherapy certificates



Our online psychotherapy certificates allow you to focus your continuing education coursework and document your advanced study! They are built entirely from our online CE courses, may be started and completed at your convenience, and involve no additional fees or tests. Simply complete 48 CE credits with designated courses. All courses are available from anywhere, at any time. We currently offer a Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

More about the requirements for our online Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Simply accrue 48 continuing education credits in our psychoanalytic courses, including at least 3 of our core courses. Core courses include Classical Psychoanalytic Theory, Ego Psychology, Object Relations Theory, Personality Disorders from a Psychodynamic Perspective, and Psychodynamics of the Therapeutic Relationship. You may take courses in any order that you believe best fits your needs and pace yourself at your convenience.  You may decide at any time–now or in the future–whether you wish to apply courses to earn a certificate–simply email us, without obligation, with your intention when you decide.  We only require that you complete all courses for the certificate within a 3-year period, but you may proceed more quickly if you choose. Core courses are typically 8 hours long and presented in an audio format, accompanied by an online written manuscript.  Electives range from 1 to 8 hours and may consist of audio courses, video coursesarticles, books, or webinars.  Course descriptions note whether an offering is introductory, intermediate, or advanced and whether it qualifies for the certificate program.

Is there an additional fee?

There is no additional fee for the certificate of advanced study. The cost of our certificate program is simply the cost of the courses you choose.  

Is there a test for the online psychotherapy certificates?

There are no additional tests required to earn a certificate of advanced study.  Simply pass the multiple choice tests that accompany each individual course–these tests give you immediate feedback regarding the correct responses and may be taken an unlimited number of times until passing. 

Is everything online?

Yes.  All courses and requirements may be completed at your convenience, online, from anywhere and at any time. 

Will I receive a diploma?

We will mail you a personalized certificate with seal to demonstrate your completion of the certificate of advanced study, and email you a photograph and scanned copy for your electronic records.  Note that our courses and certificate programs are intended for those pursuing professional development and continuing education, and do not constitute degrees.

How do I get started?

Simply order a course.  Then, whenever you decide you would like to pursue the certificate of advanced study, simply email us to declare your intention.  

What online psychotherapy certificates of advanced study are offered?

We currently offer a Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for those who are interested in obtaining a strong background in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.


APA Approved SponsorThe Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Developing as a clinician is a life-long process.  Our online psychotherapy certificates of advanced study 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 certificates of advanced study allow you to make use of your professional development and continuing education courses to achieve these goals.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Certificate in Psychoanalytic PsychotherapyTo earn the Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, simply 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 the following:

  • Classical Psychoanalytic Theory (introductory level)
  • Ego Psychology (introductory level)
  • Object Relations Theory (introductory level)
  • Personality Disorders from a Psychodynamic Perspective (intermediate level)  
  • 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. 

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