Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice for Children, Youth, and Families (CYF)
For the experienced clinician, the Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice for Children, Youth, and Families provides a deep exploration of the cutting-edge theoretical perspectives of attachment, trauma informed care, and neuroscience, as they relate to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of these groups. In addition, participants select three electives in evidence-based treatment modalities and two electives in treatment focuses for children, youth, and families to gain advanced knowledge and deepen their practice in their particular area of expertise.
Target Audience: Intended for the experienced clinician.
Each course is 6 hours in length, offered in one full-day session, and offers 6 CEUs for students who complete the entire course. Qualified students may complete the courses in any order they choose, and may take any course(s) without committing to completing the certificate.
To receive the certificate, students must complete the 3 required courses and 5 electives within 3 years.
Theoretical Perspectives (3 required)
1. Attachment Theory (Course CORE-1)
2. Trauma Informed Care (Course CORE-2)
3. Neuroscience (Course CORE-3)
Children, Youth, and Families Treatment Modalities (choose 3)
1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children, Youth, and Families (Course CYF-TM1)
2. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills for Children, Youth, & Families (Course CYF-TM2)
3. Motivational Interviewing for Children, Youth, and Families (Course CYF-TM3)
4. Narrative Therapy for Children, Youth, and Families (Course CYF-TM4)
5. Family Therapy for Children, Youth, and Families (Course CYF-TM5)
6. Play Therapy for Children, Youth, and Families (Course CYF-TM6)
Children, Youth, and Families Treatment Focuses (choose 2)
1. Sexuality and Gender for Children, Youth, and Families (Course CYF-TF1)
2. Substance Use Disorders for Children, Youth, and Families (Course CYF-TF2)
3. Suicide Prevention for Children, Youth, and Families (Course CYF-TF3)
4. Trauma and Interpersonal Violence for Children, Youth, and Families (Course CYF-TF4)
5. Neurodevelopmental Disorders for Children, Youth, and Families (Course CYF-TF5)
To receive a certificate, students must complete the three core courses and five electives (three Treatment Modality courses and two Treatment Focus courses), for a total of eight courses. Each certificate program offers 14 course options. The core courses are the same for both certificate programs. A student who completes the core courses for one certificate program need not retake them to complete the other certificate program.
Each core course will be offered at least once per year. In addition, several Treatment Modalities and Treatment Focuses electives for each certificate program will be offered each semester. Students may take up to 3 years to complete the certificate.
Full-day courses will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with an hour lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Social Work Certificate Courses in
Advanced Clinical Practice - Online
Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET
Registration deadline: Course registration will close at midnight three business days prior to the start date of each course.
- Online participants are required to have a computer with video and audio capability.
- Participants must create a Zoom account in advance according to Boston College security requirements.
- All programs offered online via Zoom will be delivered live and will not be recorded unless stated otherwise.
- These programs have a maximum capacity to allow for participant engagement. Register early to avoid disappointment!
Certificate Program Instructors
General Admission for each certificate course is $150.
No discounts are available.
You must be at least 18 years old to participate in the Advanced Clinical Practice courses. All sales are final; we are not able to offer refunds. Registrations may not be transferred to another person or to another course, workshop, or program.
Online registration is required to participate in a course. Tuition for each certificate course is to be paid by debit or credit card. Registrations will be processed upon receipt of payment. Payment is due in full in order to enroll.
These courses are approved for CEUs for Social Workers in MA, CT, RI, and VT. They meet the requirements for Continuing Education Hours established by the State Board of Social Worker Licensure in ME. If your state is not listed, please check with your local state licensing board to ensure the course meets state requirements prior to registering.
Boston College Continuing Education is required to ensure attendance to award CEUs. Participants must attend the complete program(s) they register for to receive CEUs; we are not able to award partial CEUs. Those who arrive late, leave early, or do not attend the entire program will be unable to receive CEUs.