The Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Advanced Practice with Children and Adolescents provides exciting opportunities for practicing professionals to learn, share, and advance their knowledge of interventions with children and adolescents. This interactive program brings together social workers, professionals in related disciplines, and expert faculty. Download the Post-Master's Certificate Program Application (pdf).
The mission of the Certificate Program is to improve the lives of children and adolescents by developing the skills of professionals who work with them. The program examines the multiple challenges faced by children, adolescents, and families in everyday life. The program draws from cutting-edge knowledge about practice. Participants bring case material for discussion.
The Learning ExperienceThe weekly class meetings are dynamic and interactive. Experienced faculty make didactic presentations. Students work with faculty to research advanced practice approaches and to present their findings at the final class meeting. Students make case presentations and learn to draw on each other's expertise.
Topics covered include:
Structure of the ProgramStudents may enter the Certificate Program in either January or September. Meetings are held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brennan Center, 45 Island Pond Road. Meetings are held for fourteen weeks in each semester.
Program OptionsStudents may elect to enroll in the program for
Earning the CertificateStudents earn the Certificate in Advanced Practice with Children and Adolescents once they have completed both semesters of work. Upon completion of the program, students also earn 90 continuing education units awarded by the Springfield College School of Social Work. Students may enroll in one semester at a time and are awarded continuing education units for the classes attended.
PrerequisitesApplicants must possess a master’s degree in social work, nursing, mental health, school counseling, psychology, or a related field. Applicants must be currently working with children and/or adolescents.
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FacultyThe faculty who teach in the program work actively with children, adolescents, and their families. Many of the faculty continue to work in practice settings that serve children and adolescents. Faculty who teach in the Certificate Program include:
James Canning, MSW, Ph.D.specialist in child/adolescent development, autism, counseling interventions with children
Joe Gianesin, MSW, Ph.D.specialist in school interventions, counseling boys, suicide prevention
Efrosini Kokaliari, MSW, Ph.D.specialist in trauma, adolescent self harm
Lorna Little, MSWspecialist in counseling pregnant teens and young mothers
Henry Matthieu, MSWspecialist in counseling adolescents with criminal histories
Walter Mullin, MSW, Ph.D.specialist in child/adult mental health, family therapy interventions, child/adult psychotherapy, and suicide prevention
Paul Redstone, MDspecialist in psychopharmacology
Cecilia Singh, MSW, Ph.D.specialist in child psychological assessment, parent-child attachment
Joyce Taylor, MA, Ph.D.specialist in service systems in child welfare, children’s mental health, juvenile justice
Francine Vecchiolla, MSW, Ph.D.
Dean, Springfield College School of Social Workconsultant/collaborator with faculty on program development and curriculum design