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 4 sessions, 1 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
  • Principles of Sex Therapy - Fall 2018
  • Advanced Trauma Informed Practice - Spring 2019
  • Elements & Practice of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy - Spring 2019
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Summer 2019
  • Ethics of Clinical Practice - Summer 2019

Program Requirements

  • Must have a master's degree in social work or a related field
  • Must take 5 courses within a span of 2 years (can be completed within 1 year)
  • 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.)


Fall 2018 Course Descriptions

Motivational Interviewing:

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.

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.


Principles of Sex Therapy:

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. 

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.