The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago offers a two-year, part-time Advanced Certificate Program in Self Psychology and Religion, which is fully accredited by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). Based on the Center’s integrative, MULTI-FAITH model, this program is designed for a variety of graduate and professional students.
Typically, students come to the Education Program as one or more of the following:
Students often wish to develop a solid foundation in classical and contemporary psychoanalytic theory, along with a more nuanced understanding of the significance of religious and spiritual experience as they inform the therapeutic process and clinical space.
The two-year Education Program provides a brief background in Freudian psychoanalysis and Object Relations theory, which is followed by a focus on Self Psychology and an introduction to associated forms of contemporary psychoanalytic theory. In addition, the program examines religions from the perspective of comparative religion, the human sciences, theology, and theological critique.
Students in the two-year program will also complete a supervised practicum/internship component, totaling 700 hours for those seeking licensure; for those students who are not seeking licensure, but completing the two-year program toward the Certificate will complete 450 hours of a supervised internship. Students also have the option to complete a third-year fellowship.
To learn more about the process of Admission to the Advanced Certificate Program in Self Psychology and Religion, click here.