PCGS’s Clinical Certificate Program

PCGS’s Clinical Certificate is the first training program of its kind. It is an exciting opportunity for all clinicians who seek specialized training in the treatment of the LGBTQ population of the 21st century. Therapists who complete the didactic over 3 or more years, in conjunction with weekly supervision and the fulfillment of at least 3 fee-for-service patient hours per week, are eligible for LGBTQ Clinical Certificate. Therapists in the certificate program will receive group supervision; fee-for-service payment; reduced rates to other ICP seminars and modules; invaluable networking connections; and the opportunity for private patient referral.

Admission Requirements
Program Fees
Graduation Requirements
Clinical Internships

Continuing Clinical Education

All LGBTQ Clinical Certificate Program modules are open to clinicians seeking to expand their practical knowledge in working with the LGBTQ population. Completion of modules and qualifying seminars or conferences can be credited to fulfill the certificate program requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Program application
  • NYS license
  • Malpractice insurance
  • NYS background check
  • Interview with program committee

Program Fees

There is no tuition for our program! Instead, our program is pay-as-you-go*:

  • Modules: $50 per week (current candidates receive 50% off)
  • Workshops: $75-$100 for half day, $150 for full day (current candidates receive 50% off)
  • Individual supervision: $50 per hour (only necessary for therapists working towards clinical certification/licensure)
  • Group supervision: Free!

*Please note that some specialized programming might cost more or less than the above estimates.

Program Structure &  Graduation Requirements

As a therapist at PCGS, you are automatically enrolled in our Clinical Certificate Program. In order to graduate and earn a certificate, you must meet the following requirements:

Core Curriculum

(1) LGBTQ Experience; Then and Now
(2) Transference/countertransference with LGBTQ Patients
(3) In Depth Clinical Work with Transgender Patients
(4) Essential Psychoanalytic Theory*

In addition, candidates must complete at least 30 hours of electives (about five or six modules).

To see examples of the types of electives that we offer, you can visit our ‘Past Workshops’ page here.

*Candidates who have completed an equivalent course will be excused from Essential Psychoanalytic Theory.

Certificate Graduation Requirements:

• 3 patient hours a week for three years
• Group supervision once a week for three years
• Satisfactory evaluation by a supervisor
• Completion of core curriculum plus elective hours

*Individual supervisors can be provided for candidates in need of more support. If you are a candidate that requires individual supervision, there will be a modest fee.

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Clinical Internships

PCGS accepts two clinical interns each school year. Eligible applicants will be about to start their second year at an accredited university, earning a degree in social work (MSW) or mental health counseling (MHC).

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. To be considered, please apply as early as January during your first year.

To apply, send your resume and a thoughtful cover letter detailing why you want to work specifically within the LGBTQ community to pcgs@icpnyc.org

The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy provides training without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any other classification protected under applicable federal, state and local law.