Certificate in Advanced Psychotherapy

The post-graduate, one-year Certificate program in Advanced Psychotherapy is designed for licensed mental health professionals who want to expand and update their clinical skills, enhance the level of care they provide clients, and take their careers to the next level. Program participants include mental health counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, and educational counselors.

The program employs a low-residency instructional model that emphasize interactive learning while minimizing students’ time away from their clinical practices. Three times during the year, faculty and students meet on the Bellarmine campus for a three-day brief residency packed with face-to-face instruction and discussion. Between residencies, students participate in bi-monthly seminars and weekly case consultation groups that meet in online video conferences. Residency classes, online seminars and consultation groups are led by faculty with extensive experience across multiple mental health disciplines.

The program curriculum combines the latest theories and research with real-world clinical applications. The core content integrates psychodynamic therapy, attachment issues, and trauma treatment with the evolving neuroscience that is shedding new light on these areas. The curriculum also addresses other essential topics for therapists, including transference and countertransference, psychopharmacology, spirituality and therapy, and professional ethics.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed and signed application
  • Advanced or Graduate degree in social work, psychology, pastoral counseling, psychiatric nursing, counseling or allied field
  • Direct clinical experience in the form of post-graduate employment, field work, practicum or internship
  • Copy of state license
  • Two letters of recommendation—one from a clinical supervisor and one from a colleague
  • A personal interview may also be required upon request
  • Non-refundable $65 application fee


  • Three onsite residencies at Bellarmine University. Nationally acclaimed faculty provide students with “hands-on” experiences through a combination of lecture, practice application, videotaped case illustration and group discussion.
    • Monday, May 18 - Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    • Thursday, October 5 - Saturday, October 7, 2020
    • Thursday, May 20 - Saturday, May 22, 2021
  • Distance-learning throughout the 12 months, which includes four hours of case consultation meetings a month and six live, interactive webinars.


$6,400: includes three classroom residencies, six distance learning modules and weekly case consultations. A payment plan is available. Call 502.272.8161 for details.

Early-bird price $4,995: $750 due by November 30, 2019, $4,245 balance (or enrollment in payment plan) due by May 1, 2020.


The Advanced Certificate Program offered by The Wayne Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy and Bellarmine University has been approved by the following accrediting bodies to provide continuing education for their respective professional memberships. The Wayne Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • By the American Psychological Association for 72 hours of continuing education for psychologist.
  • By the national Association of Social Workers (Approval #886677922-8999) for 72 clinical continuing education contact hours.
  • By the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Marriage and Family Therapists for 42 continuing education units (CEUs) for Marriage and Family Therapists.
  • By the National Board for Certified Counselors for 72 hours of NBCC credit. NBCC Approval No. SP-3378, SP-3309.

Additional pending CEU approvals: Psychiatric Nursing, Professional Counselors, Pastoral Counselors.


Click here to print an application. REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR 2020-2021 PROGRAM IS MAY 1, 2020.