The fellowship program has been developed for mental health professionals who seek to deepen their understanding of contemporary psychodynamic thought and apply comparative perspectives in clinical practice. It provides structured opportunities for participants to enlarge their understanding of orienting perspectives, core concepts, and essential concerns in psychodynamic understanding and practice, and to consider the relevance of differing points of view in their work.

A small cohort of participants and distinguished faculty work together to study and learn ways of enriching their clinical practice. In doing so, we explore the practitioner's own stages of development as a professional and consider the ways in which we shape our clinical careers over time. We integrate theories and personal elements through presentation of clinical work in ongoing case consultations.

The course of study encompasses the following domains of concern:

  • Orienting perspectives in contemporary psychodynamic understanding and practice
  • The emergence of the psychodynamic tradition:
    Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Alfred Adler
  • The development of relational perspectives
  • Object relations psychology
  • Interpersonal perspectives
  • Self psychology
  • Clinical case consultation

The clinical case consultations provide program participants with the opportunity to integrate theoretical and clinical studies in relation to descriptions of actual psychotherapeutic practice. Class size is limited to a maximum of eighteen participants.

SCHEDULE

Classes take place twice a month from October 2017-May 2018. Specific dates are listed below. All sessions will be held on Friday mornings from 9:00am-Noon at:

The University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration:
969 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

2017

October 6 and 13
November 10 and 17
December 1 and 15

2018

January 12 and 26
February 9 and 23
March 9
April 13 and 27
May 4 and 11

ELIGIBILITY
Master's degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or related degree required. At least three to five years of post-master's degree experience preferred.

CREDIT

Participants who complete the fellowship program will receive 45 CEUs

The Professional Development Program at SSA is a licensed State of Illinois provider of continuing education for social workers, clinical psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

TUITION

$1,250
PDP discounts are not applicable to this program.

ADMISSION INFORMATION
The application process requires:

  • A completed application form
  • Resume
  • Two letters of reference*
  • Brief statement reflecting your interest in the program

*Letters of reference may be sent under separate cover

Apply Online: Click Here

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Mail application materials to:

The Professional Development Program
The University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration
969 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
pdp@ssa.uchicago.edu

PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS

William Borden, PhD

Denise Davis, MSW

Carol Ganzer, PhD

Dennis McCaughan, PhD

Callie Freitag, AM '15

Callie Freitag, AM '15

“I choose SSA because I wanted a school that would not only give me a theoretical framework for policy analysis but also put me face-to-face with the people I want to serve.”