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Psychodynamic School Psychology Program

Postgraduate Psychodynamic School Psychology Training at Adelphi 

The Postgraduate Programs in Psychodynamic School Psychology are designed for practicing school psychologists or school social workers who are looking for advanced training in applying a psychodynamic perspective to their counseling sessions with students as well as to teacher consultations and psycho-educational assessments.

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Three programs are offered: 

One-Year Certificate Program in School Psychology/Social Work
Wednesdays 6:00 p.m.- 9:15 p.m., Adelphi University – Garden City Campus

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

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

A psychodynamic approach is well suited to the work of school psychologists and school social workers. 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 clinicians.

An optional second year is offered to candidates who have completed the first year of the program.

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.

32 CE credits are available to candidates who attend all classes. Check with your school district regarding application of these credits toward salary increments.  

Case Supervision/Study Group
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.

In-District Training
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.   

For further information, please contact:

Kathleen Kannengeiser
Graduate Studies Coordinator, Postgraduate Psychotherapy
p – 516.877.4385
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