Certificate Courses

The Fall 2022 Certificate Course

In our yearlong postgraduate program, clinicians, social workers and community practitioners learn to deepen their work by using core psychoanalytic ideas to think about themselves, their clients, and the settings in which they practice.


This unique program centers on the practice of social work and emphasizes how psychoanalytic theory and concepts can help social workers to reflect more critically and meaningfully on their work. Upon completing the first year of didactic coursework and case conferences, students will receive a certificate in psychoanalytic social work practice and will be eligible to continue in the Advanced Program, which includes supervision.


The Fall 2022 certificate course cohort is currently in session through May 2023. Learn more about the program below and sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Sue Fairbanks Academy welcomes all applicants and encourages anyone who 1) is practicing as a clinician or social worker/case manager in a social work or related field and 2) has an MSW or related degree to join us. This program is designed for clinicians, clinical case managers, and those working in a range of settings (e.g., private practice, community mental health, etc.).


We believe that as social workers are increasingly called upon to do more with less, it is crucial that we offer opportunities for social workers to think both meaningfully and critically about our work, and that psychoanalytic ideas can help us in all aspects of our work.

This course uses psychoanalytic and sociopolitical theories to understand and explore how to practice meaningfully as social workers.  Because social workers practice in a wide range of settings and with a variety of people, this course is organized according to areas of practice and problems that social workers often try to address within them. 


The curriculum is divided into five modules, each with five class meetings, and are taught by one or two instructors. Each module emphasizes salient aspects of psychoanalytic theories that are helpful to social work practice. The five modules are:


  • Critical social work and psychoanalysis – Reckoning with our roots
  • The inner worlds of individuals and groups
  • Agency and organizational life
  • The sociopolitical realm
  • Surviving and thriving in social work

This program consists of 25 online class meetings in the evenings (50 hours of learning/CEUs) over the course of one academic year. The fall cohort began in September 2022 and will end by May 2023. Future cohort dates will be announced on an ongoing basis—sign up for our newsletter for the latest updates.

The cost is $1,750 for the entire course.