Graduate Certificate Programs

graduate certificate programs

The Smith College School for Social Work Program of Continuing Education is proud to offer certificate programs for clinicians in Advanced Clinical Supervision as well as Palliative and End-of-Life Care.

We’ve designed the certificate programs in consultation with Smith faculty, agency directors and field experts in order to create programs that are current and responsive. Certificate instructors are master clinician/academicians whose expertise enriches the content.

Changes in the context of practice have diminished support for supervisors, while intensifying the demands they face. Further, managed care and budget cuts have eliminated many supervisory positions, as well as training for the supervisors who remain. At the same time, many licensing boards across the country require weekly supervision for social workers who provide clinical services. 


  • Master’s degree in social work or another mental health profession
  • Three years of supervisory experience in a clinical setting
  • Currently providing supervision to either staff, students or on a consultation basis to agencies or others in private practice

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Social workers encounter situations of life threatening illness, death, dying and bereavement in every setting in which they work. This certificate provides an opportunity for social workers to deepen clinical and leadership skills in palliative care and participate in relational ways of learning in a community of colleagues with an outstanding faculty of leaders in the field. There are a growing number of individuals and families in need of palliative care.

Clinical social work interventions have never been more needed, yet there is a lack of highly-trained clinical social workers prepared to effectively address the complex needs of those facing the end of life. The person who is ill, their family, social supports, health care providers, and clergy members all benefit from the skills of social workers specially trained in this area.


  • Master’s degree in social work
  • At least two years of post-master’s experience
  • Applicants must be in current practice in palliative or end of life care

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The Foundations in Clinical Supervision Certificate is designed for new supervisors or individuals who are considering becoming a supervisor. This program offers an introduction to a conceptual framework for supervision, along with careful application of these ideas to real world situations and concrete tools for supervisory practice. The course draws on concepts from multiple theoretical perspectives: psychodynamic, attachment, trauma and adult learning theories, always synthesizing perspectives on cultural awareness and the impact of oppression.

Attendees will learn from a diverse team of advanced practitioners. The program meets every other week on Thursdays from January 6 to May 12 and provides 25 hours of instruction. Each 2.5 hour live, interactive webinar will include a didactic presentation and large group discussion, as well as work in small groups to build a repertoire of supervisory skills and interventions. In addition, the course will provide beginning supervisors with a continuous learning community for consultation, collaboration and collegial support. 

The Foundations of Clinical Supervision Certificate is designed to help clinicians:  

  • Apply central concepts from psychodynamic, attachment, and learning theory as these influence the supervisory relationship 
  • Recognize the value of the perspective of cultural humility in supervision
  • Identify some effective tools to support the supervisee’s learning and development 
  • Consider the importance of ethical and organizational dimensions of supervision

Program Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in social work or another mental health profession
  • Interest in becoming a supervisor or recently began providing supervision

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