The Certificate Program in Clinical Theory & Practice

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR 2017-18. We encourage you to sign up for our mailing list to receive ongoing announcements and special offers for this year's program. 

October 2017 – May 2018
A sequentially based 100-hour classroom program held from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm, one Friday and Saturday per month. 

Download the 2017-18 Certificate Program Brochure

As a practicing mental health clinician, you may feel the need to deepen your understanding of your clients’ problems and/or the therapeutic process itself. Our certificate program in psychodynamic psychotherapy with adults provides you the opportunity for advanced learning in both theory and practice. 

Designed for clinicians in all practice settings, the program's content is immediately practical and addresses common issues and problems encountered in treatment. You'll have the opportunity to assimilate, apply, and test the course content as you follow three teaching cases through sixteen class sessions.

The Program is taught by instructors from the social work, psychology, and psychoanalytic fields, currently working in both agency and private-practice settings. Their broad range of expertise will help you gain a new perspective on the key therapeutic issues and challenges that you face every day in your practice.

Major theoretical influences on clinical practice and an understanding of human development — both viewed psychodynamically — are integrated to provide you with a comprehensive learning experience.

This Certificate Program is designed for clinicians in all mental health disciplines who possess at least a master's degree in a related field, for others with at least five years of supervised experience in mental health practice, and others with instructor approval.

REGISTER or call 206-826-3050 x350 for more information. You can also sign up for our mailing list ro receive ongoing announcements about the program.

Program Location and Dates 

Classes are held at Wellspring Family Services one Friday and Saturday per month, October 6 & 7, November 3 & 4, December 1 & 2, 2017, January 12 & 13, February 2 & 3, March 2 & 3, April 6 & 7 and May 4 & 5, 2018.

1900 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144

Professional Credits

Approved for 100 hours of continuing education credit for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors and licensed marriage and family counselors. All licensed Associates are required to have 36 hours of continuing education training prior to full licensure in addition to the supervision hours requirement. All 100 hours of this course count towards this CE requirement of which approximately 20 hours may count towards the supervision requirement, and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis as the Washington State Department of Health places limitations on group supervision size. Documentation of hours attended will be furnished to all participants.

What to Expect

The content of the program is practical. It leads you through the natural sequence that characterizes the treatment of any client, and addresses the common problems and issues that need to be addressed during the opening, middle, and termination phases of treatment. You have the opportunity to assimilate, apply, and test the course content as you follow three teaching cases through sixteen sessions. This comprehensive program integrates the major theoretical influences on clinical practice and understanding of human development from a psychodynamic perspective.

Clinical Practice Areas Covered

  • The beginning of therapy and establishing  the therapeutic  framework:  The goals of psychodynamic practice; setting the treatment frame, including frequency of sessions, handling of missed appointments, and therapeutic neutrality; fees as a clinical issue.
  • The therapeutic  framework in an agency setting: The challenges and special conditions in setting the treatment frame in an agency including clinical supervision issues and system resistances.
  • Principles of interpretation: Its integral role in psychodynamic work, including the role of correctly timed interpretation in building the therapeutic alliance.
  • Interpreting early resistance:  Preventing premature terminations.
  • Normal and pathological  development:  An introduction to human psychological development with an emphasis on infancy and early childhood. Topics addressed include the development of the sense of self, attachment, social relatedness, separation and individuation, and psychological defenses.
  • Development of four major areas of psychodynamic theory: Drive, ego, object relations and self.
  • Listening to and understanding the client’s communications:  Ways to listen to conscious and unconscious meanings in a client’s material; the process of “knowing” through the therapeutic relationship.
  • The therapeutic  interaction: The meaning of transference — its importance and value in the treatment process; psychological defenses, resistance, and countertransference considerations.
  • Recognizing and handling therapists’  errors: The impact and implications of errors; the rectifying of errors.
  • Understanding the working-through process: How therapy helps; the therapeutic effect of treatment.
  • External demands and constraints  on treatment: From a clinical point of view.
  • Termination  issues: The termination phase of treatment; transference and countertransference contributions; termination due to external factors.
  • Understanding and working with dreams: The integration of dream material into clinical practice and misuses of that material.
  • Empathy and neutrality:  In the service of understanding and elucidating the unconscious.
  • Medications: The impact on the therapeutic process.
  • DSM: Working with the DSM in psychodynamic practice.


(2017-2018 rates)

$2,150.00 - Early Bird Tuition Cost (before 8/25/2017) 

$2,250.00 - Full Rate Tuition Cost (before 9/15/2017)

If you need to arrange a special payment schedule, please contact Jennifer Morton at 206.826.3040 ext. 155


Martin Bullard, LICSW, is an adult psychoanalyst who also treats adolescents and children in his private practice in Seattle. He is a faculty member at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. His experience includes the development and management of a therapeutic preschool and a partial hospital program for latency aged children.

Stan Case, LICSW, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst who treats children, adolescents and adults in his private practice in Edmonds, WA. He is on the faculty of the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute where he teaches in the core training program and in the advanced psychotherapy program.

R. Keith Myers, LICSW, is the former Vice-President of Clinical and Training Services for Wellspring Family Services in King County, Washington. He was in private practice before coming to Wellspring Family Services in 1986. He is a former Board member of the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study and past-president of the Clinical Social Work Federation. He has taught extensively on the subject of adolescent treatment and suicide.

Roberta Myers, LICSW, B.C.D., is the Program Chair of this Certificate Program. She maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Bellevue, Washington where she treats children, adolescents and adults. In addition, she has taught the mental health advanced practice sequence in the University of Washington’s MSW program. She is a former Board member of the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work and of the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study. She received her training through the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

Maureen Pendras, LICSW, is an adult psychoanalyst trained at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, where she is on the faculty of the core training program and the advanced psychotherapy program. She treats adults in her private practice in Seattle. 

Formerly a program of University of Washington School of Social Work Continuing Education.