Certificate Program in Sexuality, Women and Gender

In Psychology and Education

Department of Counseling & Clinical Psychology

The SWG Project now offers the first New York State approved certificate program of its kind - a world-renowned training ground for the next generation of educators, researchers, practitioners, administrators, and activists interested in learning the next wave of theories and practices to improve the well-being for LGBTQ individuals and women.


The application requirements include:

It is rolling admission and is open to everyone.


Interested students may receive certification upon completion of:

  • 12 points of specialized curricular requirements 
  • A research paper covering the student’s research and practice interests
  • A semester long practice/volunteer experience.


Exciting changes to the 15 point SWG certificate are here at TC! Starting this semester, students can either opt for the general certificate program or a more specialized curriculum by having a focused plan of study. The different foci of the certificate are:


The certificate's required classes are CCPJ 4180 LGBTQ Issues in Psychology and Education and CCPX 4125 Women and Mental Health (original program of study as approved by NY State). 


The certificate's core classes are CCPX 4125 Women and Mental Health and CCPX 4126 Mother Child Matrix.


The certificate's core classes are CCPJ 4180 LGBTQ Issues in Psychology and Education and CCPJ 4130 Transgender Issues in Counseling and Psychology

The Curriculum

Students must take the two required courses within Counseling and Clinical Psychology (CCP).  The following are a list of required courses that may be used for the certificate program. Courses in bold are required for the certificate depending on your focus. 

  • CCPJ 4180  LGBT(Q) Issues in Psychology
  • CCPJ 4030  Transgender Issues in Counseling and Psychology
  • CCPX 4125  Women and Mental Health
  • CCPX 4126  The Mother-Child Matrix: Developmental and Clinical Implications
  • CCPX 4199 Perinatal Mental Health: Clinical & Counseling Perspectives
  • CCPX 4199 Working with LGBTQ Couples and Families

Any remaining points can be taken within Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department or outside with special permission.

CCP Courses

  • CCPJ 4050  Microaggressions in Institutional Climates
  • CCPJ 4165  Consultation in Community Agencies and Resources
  • CCPJ 4068  Counseling Women
  • CCPJ 5164  Multicultural Perspective in Counseling and Psychology
  • CCPX 4036  Psychology of Human Intimacy

Outside CCP (not comprehensive, check course catalog and will need SWG permission)

  • HUDK 5123     Psychological Development of Women
  • HBSS 4122       Women’s Health
  • HBSS 4133       Human Sexuality Education*
  • HBSV 4011      Women and weight, eating problems and body image
  • C&T 4032        Gender Difference and Curriculum
  • ITSF 5008       Gender, education and international development
  • A&HB 4140     Latina Narratives
  • A&HF 4130     Gender & Violence (3)
  • A&HF 4199     Media & Gender (3)

IMPORTANT: Students should also register for zero points of independent study, via either of these course codes, when they complete their semester long practicum/fieldwork volunteer:

  • CCPJ 6902      Independent Study (along with semester long practice/volunteer)
  • CCPX 4900Independent Study (along with semester long practice/volunteer)

Research project

Students completing the certificate program will also be required to complete a research project that increases their knowledge and awareness of a chosen domain of interest (as it pertains to sexuality, women and gender). Some examples of appropriate research project topics include: understanding the relationship between minority stress and attachment satisfaction of sexual minorities; the impact of gender discrimination on career satisfaction of women in male dominated professions; understanding the link between first generation female college students and academic self-efficacy; understanding marginalization faced by partners of transgender individuals. Degree students may use their Integrative Project to fulfill this requirement.

Semester Long Volunteer/Service Experience

The certificate program in Sexuality, Women and Gender is strongly committed to social justice and multiculturalism as it pertains to issues of equity and access for sexual and gender minorities and women. In the spirit of this commitment, all candidates for certificate program will be expected to complete a semester long volunteer/service experience in an agency that serves the aforementioned populations.

You must register for  zero points of independent study during the semester of your volunteer/service experience: CCPJ 6902  (Sandil)  or CCPX 4900 (Athan)

To find out more about the certificate, or if you have any questions, please email the SWG Project  swgproject@tc.columbia.edu