Post-Master's Advanced Clinical Certificate Program 


Click Here to Download: Fall 2018 - Summer 2019 Course Schedule

The Advanced Clinical Certificate Program is designed to provide participants with additional expertise and specialized knowledge in a variety of clinical theories and practice areas, which may assist in pursuing clinical licensure, supervisory positions, and/or clinical promotions.  Each course will utilize a combination of lecture, case studies, and interactive, experiential approaches to provide participants with a comprehensive, in-depth understanding of each clinical theory and practice area.

Each course within the program consists of four, three hour sessions, one Saturday a month for four months. All classes are held at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, PA. Please click on the above link to view the course schedule.

Courses offered include:

  • Motivational Interviewing - Fall 2018 and 2019
  • Principles of Sex Therapy - Fall 2018 and 2019
  • Effective Trauma Intervention: Essentials of Research & Practice - Spring 2019 and 2020
  • Elements & Practice of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy - Spring 2019 and 2020
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Summer 2019 and 2020
  • Ethics of Clinical Practice - Summer 2019 and 2020


Program Requirements

  • Must have a master's degree in social work or a related field.
  • Course may be taken in any order, but you must take 5 courses within a span of 2 years (can be completed within 1 year) to earn the certificate.
  • Ethics of Clinical Practice is required by every participant.
  • This is a non-credit program where participants will receive 60 continuing education hours.


  • $180/course
  • 10% discount ($162/course) for Ship BSW or MSW grads, or if you take two courses in a single semester


To register, download and complete this form. (Note that forms dated before August 20, 2018, are no longer being accepted. Please use this revised form.)

Course Descriptions

Course Description

The Motivational Interviewing (MI) course will incorporate two distinct educational foci. The first part of the course will focus on enhancing the foundational skills of Motivational Interviewing by engaging and focusing on target behaviors with clients. The second aim of the course is to enhance clinicians’ technical skills through structured and semi-structured interventions intending to invite and acknowledge client change talk.

The course targets clinicians seeking an advanced level of Motivational Interviewing education and skill development. The learner will consider MI's application to a broad use of behavior changes, ranging from health behaviors to substance use. The course offers a hands-on experiential learning approach, with ample opportunity for role-plays, discussion, and case conceptualization. Learners will leave with an advanced knowledge of tangible clinical interventions they can utilize with clients, targeting collaboratively identified problem behaviors.

The course will offer four three-hour classes, with each class building on content from the previous lessons.

Bio of Instructor

The course will be developed and provided by Bernard Showers, LCSW, MAC. Mr. Showers is an adjunct instructor in Shippensburg University’s MSW program, and a member of the international organization, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

Mr. Showers has provided dozens of Motivational Interviewing training sessions at colleges, universities, conferences, and organizations around the country. He serves as a national trainer for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Enhancement Therapy training initiatives.

Course Description

Principles of Sex Therapy is designed for human service professionals interested in advancing their knowledge of human sexuality and implications for therapeutic practice.  This course will help professionals better understand and apply sex therapy, rooted in affirmative practice interventions, and in addressing a range of clinical needs such as diverse sexual identities and behaviors, as well as intersectional identities and behaviors; reproductive health and related concerns; trauma and sexualization issues; and sexual dysfunctions.

Participants will engage in a process of values clarification, knowledge and skill building, and reflection in order to effectively incorporate elements of sex therapy in practice with individuals and couples. 

The course will offer four three-hour classes, with each class building on content from the previous lessons.

Bio of Instructor

The course was developed and provided by Dr. Jayleen Galarza.  Dr. Galarza is a clinical social worker who specializes in sexuality social justice issues. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania, as well as a certified sex therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). She completed her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality at Widener University, with a focus on exploring the intersections of queer, Latina identities and experiences.

In addition to her academic and clinical work, Dr. Galarza is involved in various national service initiatives. Some of her service work includes being appointed to the Council for Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression and be appointed as co-chair of AASECT’s annual conference. 

Dr. Galarza's research and practice interests include intersectionality, Latina(o) sexuality, sexual/gender identities and experiences, empowerment, sexuality social justice, narrative therapy, and feminist therapy.

Course Description

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) was developed specifically to treat people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Its application over time, however, has been proven effective with different populations, which in turn caused a dramatic shift in how the clinical examination of what are formerly known as Cluster B traits.

In this course, you will explore how this treatment model came to be and why it was developed, what treatment models are commonly used to prepare someone for the intensity of DBT to fidelity, how to adapt DBT to fit your clinic’s model of care, and other treatments that can be used in tandem to increase DBT’s efficacy.

This course will also touch upon the general perceptions of personality disorders and explore the symptoms commonly seen. Due to the inherently difficult nature of these symptoms, maintaining effective therapeutic empathy for patients can be extremely difficult. You will review ways to manage your counter transference as a provider and remain focused on patient behaviors as symptoms needing treatment, thereby increasing provider empathy and improving outcomes. 

Bio of Instructor

Maureen Brackey, LCSW, IPVC, YT-200, is California native with over a decade of experience in clinical practice. She focused the early part of her career on forensic social work with the co-occurring population transitioning from Los Angeles County Jail to Skid Row.

Specializing in the treatment of PTSD, Ms. Brackey has spent the past seven years working with military veterans in a clinical social work program. She is also a yoga instructor trained in trauma-informed yoga and yoga for relapse prevention.

Course Description

Effective Trauma Intervention is designed for human service professionals interested in learning evidence-based theory and practice for working with trauma in clinical practice, casework and consultation, and supervision.

Throughout this course, you will learn how to understand and describe the impact of trauma on brain development and nervous system functioning. You’ll also learn to distinguish between different types of trauma, the signs of trauma across a person’s lifespan, and how to adjust relational styles and expectations when working with trauma survivors.

This course will also touch on how to identify and select evidence-based practices to the type of trauma and developmental status of a client, as well as when and how to refer clients for supplemental interventions. You will have the opportunity to apply these course concepts and practices to a case study for peer and instructor consultation.

Please note, participants will be expected to purchase a few select texts, and to complete readings, online educational components, and personal resilience practices between classes.

Bio of Instructor

Dr. Kathryn Newton, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel at Shippensburg University, is a nationally certified counselor (NCC) with clinical experience in substance abuse and trauma treatment services for children, adolescents, and adults.

Both her clinical practice and her personal experience as an adoptive parent have contributed to her specialization in developmental/complex trauma, specifically, the impact of trauma on brain development, attachment, and the lifelong implications. She is especially interested in preparing professionals to address the impact of systemic oppression on individuals and on families across generations.