Everything you need to know about applying for the Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy post-graduate certificate

The Relationally Focused Psychodynamic Therapy Certificate is a post-graduate certificate program designed to deepen a psychotherapist’s capacity to work directly in therapeutic relationships as the primary instrument of change.

The purpose of the application process is to help us get a sense of you—as a person and as a clinician–and to discern how this program aligns with your professional development and practice.

Applications for the 2022-23 cohort are now closed. Please reach out to admissions@theseattleschool.edu with any questions you may have!

Deadlines & Review Process

Participants must have a post-graduate degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or any other related discipline and Professional Licensure in their state of practice.*

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis for the 2022-2023 cohort. Upon completion of your application, you will hear back from our Review Committee within one month of your submission. The number of participants that can join the next cohort is limited so we suggest applying early.

*Waivers are available for clinicians with Associate Licenses with a minimum of 3-5 years of experience. Please contact admissions@theseattleschool.edu if you do not meet the requirements listed above.

Application Process

Step 1: Complete the Online Application

The online application form gives us more context about who you are. It takes about 15-20 minutes and must be completed in one sitting. A $50 application fee is required to submit your application.

Step 2: Gather Supporting Documents

Curriculum Vitae

A CV is similar to a résumé, but with more detail about your expertise and skill development. CVs are a space for you to outline your professional experience, academic background, continued training, research, publications, presentations, and achievements. A CV template is available for download here.  Please save the final version in a .pdf format with the title “CV – Last Name, First Name” and submit by email to admissions@theseattleschool.edu.

Reach out with questions by email (admissions@theseattleschool.edu) or phone (206.876.6155).

Statement of Purpose Essay

The purpose of the essay requirement is to create an opportunity for us to experience you, learn more about your clinical work, and discern your resonance with the goals and outcomes of the Relationally-focused Psychodynamic Therapy certificate program. The essay must be typed, double-spaced, and 400-600 words in length (approximately 2 pages).

What drew you to the field of psychotherapy? How does relationship inform your theory of change? What do you hope to gain in your own clinical development through this program?

Once complete, please ensure that your name is in the header of the document, save as a .pdf file with the title “Essay – Your Name”, and submit by email to admissions@theseattleschool.edu

Step 3: Review, Notification, and Enrollment

Once steps 1 and 2 have been completed, your applications will be considered by our Admissions Review Committee. You will be notified within one month of your application submission via email. If accepted, you will receive an invitation to enroll. A $500 deposit is required to secure your seat.

Non-Discrimination Policy

We are committed to diversity in every sphere of faith and life. We receive applications without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual identity, sexual orientation, military status, or denomination.

Apply Today