Doctoral Program

The Institute for Clinical Social Work (ICSW)
United States
Doctoral Degree (PhD)
Study mode
4 years
Tuition fee (local)
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Tuition fee (foreign)
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Entry Requirements

  • a master’s degree from an accredited graduate school of social work, counseling psychology, or a master’s degree in a closely related field.
  • demonstration of a superior graduate school record: that is, a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • mastery of written and spoken English.
  • personal therapy experience is not required as a prerequisite for admission, though such experience is favorably considered.
  • at least baseline licensure in the State where they practice (i.e., LSW, LCP, etc.) by the time ICSW classes begin; applicants without baseline licensure may be admitted on the condition that they receive baseline licensure by the start of classes. Once classes begin, we expect students with baseline licensure to be working actively toward receiving terminal licensure (i.e., LCSW, LCPC), following their State’s guidelines regarding clinical supervision.
  • an active weekly clinical caseload; ICSW doctoral students need to discuss their clinical work regularly, both in class and in consultation with members of the faculty.


First Year Fall:

  • Traditions of Inquiry in the Social Sciences I
  • Psychodynamic Psychology I:  Psychodynamic Theories I
  • Developmental Theory I
  • Case Conference I: The Case Study
  • Clinical Process and Technique I:  The Therapeutic Situation
  • Clinical Practicum I

First Year Spring:

  • Traditions of Inquiry in the Social Sciences II
  • Psychodynamic Psychology I:  Psychodynamic Theories II
  • Developmental Theory II
  • Case Conference II:  The Case Study
  • Perspectives on Clinical Formulation

Second Year Fall:

  • Research Methods I
  • Psychodynamic Psychology III:  Freud
  • Beyond 50 Minute Hour
  • Case Conference III
  • Clinical Process and Technique II:  The Therapeutic Attitude
  • Clinical Practicum II
  • Clinical Practicum III

Second Year Spring:

  • Research Methods II
  • Psychodynamic Psychology IV:  Object Relations
  • Psychoanalytic Social Theory
  • Case Conference IV
  • Perspectives on Human Suffering

Third Year Fall:

  • Research Methods III
  • Psychodynamic Psychology V:  Self Psychology
  • The Social Construction of Difference I:  Race, Racialization, and Social Class
  • Case Conference V
  • Clinical Process and Technique III: The Clinical Unconscious
  • Clinical Practicum IV
  • Clinical Practicum V

Third Year Spring:

  • Research Methods IV
  • Psychodynamic Psychology VI:  Relational Theory
  • The Social Construction of Difference II:  Gender and Sexuality
  • Case Conference VI: The Therapist’s Subjectivity
  • Case Conference VII

Fourth Year Fall:

  • Dissertation Seminar I
  • Clinical Practicum VI

Fourth Year Spring:

  • Dissertation Seminar II
  • Psychodynamic Psychology VII: Contemporary Controversies

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