Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

About Our Online Psychotherapy Certificates of Advanced Study

Online Psychotherapy CertificatesDeveloping 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.

What are the requirements for the online psychotherapy certificates?

Simply accrue the number of our continuing education credits in designated courses specified for the certificate.  You may take courses in any order that you believe best fits your goals and you may proceed as quickly as you wish to complete the courses and certificate.  You may decide at any time–now or in the future–whether you wish to apply courses to earn a certificate–simply email us with your intention when you decide.  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 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 certificate descriptions indicate recommended course sequences for novices.

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 taken.  

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 training 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.

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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