Master of Clinical Social Work

The Institute for Clinical Social Work

Program Description

Master of Clinical Social Work

The Institute for Clinical Social Work


At The Institute for Clinical Social Work, we train graduate students to become clinicians/psychotherapists that work in a variety of mental health settings.

ICSW’s Master’s program in Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy is a full or part-time course of study designed to prepare students for careers in the mental health field with a specific emphasis on the integration of modern psychodynamic perspectives. After students complete the degree, they are eligible to apply for Illinois state licensure (LPC).

Upon graduation, students are prepared to seek employment in a variety of settings, including:

  • community mental health agencies
  • the court system
  • child welfare
  • medical settings
  • schools
  • agencies serving marginalized populations
  • substance abuse treatment settings
  • family services agencies
  • private mental health and group practice


  • Two years of coursework for full-time students (total of 60 semester credit hours)
  • Three years of coursework for part-time students (total of 60 semester credit hours)
  • Classes meet on Fridays, Saturdays, and one evening per week
  • Students take courses in a small cohort model


  • The program incorporates a psychodynamic framework across coursework and clinical placements
  • Coursework is consistent with state requirements for Illinois licensure eligibility
  • Our commitment to experiential learning provides two years of clinical training at top social service agencies
  • Students attend a weekly practicum/internship seminar where they discuss their field placement experiences and begin integrating clinical experience and theory
  • For additional mentorship and consultation, students meet regularly with a faculty clinical consultant

Common Learning Outcomes

- Psychodynamic Theory

Students demonstrate a thorough knowledge of psychodynamic principles.

- Clinical Practice

Students demonstrate the ability to use the psychodynamic framework in diverse clinical practice settings.

- Applied Clinical Scholarship

Students demonstrate written and verbal communication skills necessary to prepare clinical reports necessary for presentation, documentation and consultation in the clinical practice community.

Program Learning Outcomes

- Conceptual

Demonstrate an understanding of major theories of counseling and the core aspects of human development with a specific emphasis on contemporary psychodynamic theory and demonstrate an understanding of counseling research principles, tools and techniques.

- Clinical

Students demonstrate an ability to integrate and implement their learning of relevant clinical techniques used in the practice of clinical counseling and psychotherapy with a particular focus on psychodynamic clinical techniques.

- Practicum

Gain practical experience in the field of clinical counseling and psychotherapy. Promote student’s professional identity through consistent consultation, self-reflection and self- awareness in the students’ clinical training.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 11, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
2 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
29,715 USD
per year (Full-Time). 3,715 USD per course (Part-Time).
June 1, 2019
USA - Chicago, Illinois
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline June 1, 2019
End date Request Info
Sept. 2019
USA - Chicago, Illinois
Application deadline June 1, 2019
End date Request Info