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International Diploma in Clinical Social Work: For an internship  contemporary therapy with individuals, families and groups

2nd Version - 2021



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Pioneering and unique program in Latin America, which is committed to the critical, political and contemporary clinical practice of Social Work.

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General information

On March 20, 2019, the Chilean Institute of Clinical Social Work was born with the purpose of providing training spaces regarding content, practices and specialized knowledge for the qualified exercise of the clinical practice of Social Work, as well as for other professions that are interested in develop an ethically collaborative, critical therapeutic exercise based on Social Justice.


Thus, a large part of our teaching team has been directly or indirectly involved with the development of Clinical Social Work in Chile and also internationally, promoting a contemporary therapeutic practice that is consistent with our Latin American reality, and specifically with the realities nationals. Given this, the Chilean Institute of Clinical Social Work as a broad social project, during all this time has been dedicated to participating through a series of meetings, courses, seminars, conferences, webinars, talks, etc; either with various public or private agencies, NGOs, trade union organizations and associations, higher education institutions and even with public health, mental health and psychosocial programs in force in the country, as well as abroad. It has been an intense journey, traveling through different places and countries, weaving professional ties, which has been exciting to be able to work in collaboration with many people, colleagues, forging friendships, sharing knowledge and commitments around what matters to us at Work. Clinical Social, as well as in the development of Latin America and in life.


Therefore, and due to all these efforts, this year 2021 we will carry out the 2nd Version of the International Diploma in Clinical Social Work: For a Contemporary Therapeutic Practice with People, Families and Groups . This time we will share a strengthened, high-quality systematic training program with unpublished bibliographic materials, coupled with the participation of prominent international colleagues from various countries who are clinical social workers. The purpose is to enrich our program with the integration between theory, research, methodology, international association and clinical supervision. We hope to be able to cultivate a professional community of Clinical Social Work with the intention of continuing to promote various therapeutic practices that are anti-oppressive, ethically collaborative, depathologizing, critical, transparent, that defend cultural dignity, being sensitive to gender and political aspects. wide. Our further intention is to be able to generate knowledge that is translated into professional practices that are applicable and translated to different people, families and groups, in different areas of professional performance, whether in public or private contexts, which can be related to mental health , community work, free exercise of the profession, practice in educational systems and / or in psychosocial programs or other new clinical settings or therapeutic contexts under development and / or construction.


Program Justification

The new challenges of the professional practice of Social Work in direct care and in the face of the growing mental health problems linked to the current type of society, and added to the demands of the National Mental Health Plan (2017-2025) regarding the promotion and strengthening Community Mental Health in social workers and other professions. During the last time, contemporary Clinical Social Work has been reflecting on the need to make efforts to socialize and update content and methodologies that can do justice to the new problems and challenges that our society experiences with respect to mental health. According to a global health reality, the World Health Organization (2018) announces the urgency of developing comprehensive care in the field of mental health, strengthening and promoting practices that provide responses across different human systems. This is mainly due to the fact that depression will become the second world disease that will cause disability in people, being number one in developing countries. All this is aggravated by some recent studies that report that today we enjoy the worst mental health in the region, this being catastrophic in the child and adolescent population. (Jiménez & Radiszcz, 2012; Salinas, 2019; Herrera, 2019)


Under this panorama, Clinical Social Work constitutes a postgraduate specialty of the profession, being an important professional practice in mental health, which is widely developed in the United States, Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico, Australia, etc. (Northen, 1995; Dorfman, 1986, 1996; Paquin, 2009; National Association of Social Workers, 2005; Canadian National Association of Social Workers, 2008; Rosario and Sánchez, 2014; Nieves-Rolón, IE, Rivera Rodríguez, E., Ortiz-Candelaria, VC, & Pérez-Martínez, K. L, 2019; Australian Association of Social Workers, 2019). However, these countries have regulations, high-level postgraduate training, maintaining the use of licenses and / or clinical records that clarify a vast disciplinary journey, this reality being the one that differs abruptly in several Latin American countries. It is for this reason, and given the specific training gap, added to the language gaps (English proficiency) and the limited access to clinical supervision, that we as an Institute have decided to offer for the second time in Latin America, a qualified program in Clinical Social Work, with a contemporary orientation, which seeks to do justice to our peoples, societies and cultures.


Therefore, our purpose in this course is to contribute to updating knowledge and technical-operational tools that will allow strengthening and / or carrying out Clinical Social Work practices in mental health and in psychosocial contexts, or in other therapeutic / clinical contexts. emerging through a specialized disciplinary perspective, integrative exercise, ethically collaborative and socially committed from a contemporary critical stance. Our entire program is traced by contemporary approaches to the clinical practice of Social Work, which are: trauma-informed practice, empowerment-centered practice, antiopressive practice, practice grounded in gender studies and feminisms, practice focused on networks and collectives; and finally, narrative practices, based on strengths and centered on cultural dignity. On the other hand, we hold conversations with relational, collaborative, solution-focused, dialogic or other perspectives that can provide answers to the formative and contextual needs of our clinical practices in Chile or for other Latin American countries or interested parties.

From these transversal approaches and in dialogue with other perspectives, it is possible to carry out a Clinical Social Work that maintains a humanly responsible, comprehensive, collective and ethically sensitive vision of the political and gender issues that are present in the problems of structural violence and violence. mental health in our society. We mainly want to take the principle of Social Justice of the profession to promote an embodied, anti-oppressive clinical practice, located in contexts, seeking the dignity of local cultures and with the intention of depathologizing the subjective suffering of individuals, families and groups.

General Objective of the Program


  • Formatively promote contemporary clinical processes that generate transformative and pertinent methodologies for the therapeutic approach with people (children and adults), families and groups; contributing to the construction of a disciplinary perspective in Clinical Social Work or in the related profession, that contemplates a broad reflective framework of social reality and that enables critical, ethically collaborative, respectful, transparent and sensitive clinical work to gender and diversity cultural, ethnic and socio-political.


Specific Objectives of the Program


  • Train clinically and preferably social workers or social assistants or other professions in the therapeutic field, in order to promote a contemporary practice of clinical work, which considers social changes in terms of mental health and psychosocial problems that impact people, families and groups.

  • Develop transversal and contemporary therapeutic approaches under perspectives that involve the increase of subjective well-being, quality of life and social justice in the various human systems.

  • Advise and clinically supervise Social Work professionals or related professions, to deploy intervention tools and systematization of their intervention processes, with the intention of creating methodologies relevant to the social, cultural and political reality of the respective country.


The diploma to be delivered will be certified by the Chilean Institute of Clinical Social Work and by the Spanish Institute of Clinical Social Work.



Addressed to:


People who preferably have the professional title of Worker and / or Social Worker (with 10 academic semesters), desirably it is expected that they have the academic degree of Bachelor of Social Work or in the respective discipline. Other professions related to mental health (Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, etc.) may also apply. However, there will be a limited quota for these related professions and their background will be evaluated by the Internal Evaluation Committee of the Chilean Institute of Clinical Social Work. Additionally, university students of the last year of the career of Social Work, Psychology or another profession may study the program in order, as long as they have a bachelor's degree and are studying professional practice in some place related to mental health, repair in serious mistreatment and sexual abuse, or other program and / or device compatible with the objectives of this program, demonstrating some competence or training skills that are related to the Diploma.


If you have questions about whether or not you can participate, please write to:


The modality of this diploma in this 2021 version will be ONLINE due to the health context. The activities will be carried out through the virtual platform –Moodle– and the classes are online in real time (synchronous) through Zoom. The real-time class schedule is: Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Once a month) and online classes of specialized thematic international seminars are on Saturdays (fortnightly).

Program Hours:

The hours of the academic program are distributed as follows:

Synchronous Online Hours:

  • Online classes in real time (160 hrs)

  • Online classes in real time by International Guest (56 hrs)

  • Preparation, Consulting and presentation of seminar work (60 hrs)


Asynchronous Online Hours:

  • Required Reading (122 hrs)

  • Online activities (132 hrs)


Total hours of direct classes: 276

Total non-contact hours: 254

TOTAL DIPLOMA HOURS: 530 teaching hours.

Requirement to obtain the diploma:

  • Have attended 85% of the elective activities in person (they can only miss 3 times with duly justified reasons).

  • 100% participation in activities on the digital platform.

  • Pass all the modules of the program with a minimum grade of 4.0.

  • Approve the seminar project to obtain a diploma.

  • Have paid the monthly payments for the program in full.

Requirements to Apply:


  • Complete the application form:

  • Attach professional documents (certificate of title and / or academic degree) in the Updated CV for selection. Inside the form is the respective section.



  • Once selected, an application interview is held via Skype and / or video call (gmail) with members of the Institute's Evaluation Team.



  • Once all the above requirements have been approved, enrollment in the program will be accepted.

Tariff, Place and Registration:

  • Registration $ 100,000.- CLP

  • Tariff $ 1,500,000.- CLP (General Public)

  • Fee $ 1,350,000.- CLP (Professionals who work in Health, Mental Health and Psychosocial Programs)

  • Fee $ 1,350,000.- CLP (Exceptional Cases upon request to the Institute)

  • Fee $ 1,250,000.- CLP (Chilean Association of Social Workers: Provincial Valdivia, Puerto Montt and Valparaíso)

  • International Registration $ 200 USD (American Dollars)

  • International Tariff $ 1,800 USD (American Dollars)

  • International Tariff with agreement (Professional Association of Jujuy & Santiago del Estero, Argentina - Association of Workers and Social Workers of El Salvador) $ 1350 USD (American Dollars)

  • International Tariff with CELATS Peru agreement $ 1350 USD (US Dollars)

  • Place: Moodle and Zoom Platform.

* Payment in cash of the Tariff, you get a 20% discount (does not apply if you meet the previous conditions. Payment in installments with a maximum of 10 installments (checks or guarantee promissory note)


If you want to see the curriculum, click here

If you are international and have been accepted, pay your tuition directly in the following button:

Teaching Team and  Cloister  IChTSC Academician | 2021

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B.Sc, BSW, MSW. E. Paola Grandón Zerega: Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist trained in Canada. Bachelor of Science: Major Psychology (B.Sc.) from the University of Toronto, Canada. Honors Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from York University Canada and Master of Social Work (MSW): Mental Health Specialization from the University of Toronto Canada. Revalidation of the professional title of Social Assistant by the University of Chile and Postgraduate Diploma in Child-Youth Clinical Intervention Strategies by the University of Valparaíso. Current member of the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She served as clinical supervisor, team leader and co-designer of the  gender-specific residential program of the Jean Tweed Center for Women and their Families in Toronto Canada. Today he has 20 years of experience in therapeutic practice and clinical supervision in public and private institutions in the area of mental health, problem use, and dealing with traumatic experiences in adults, as well as with children and adolescents. She has been a speaker at seminars, talks, courses and at national and international congresses on Clinical Social Work, Mental Health and contemporary clinical practice in Social Work. He is currently updating his postgraduate training in the Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies of the Trauma Research Foundation of the United States, an internationally recognized foundation with teachers such as Bessel van der Kolk, Stephen Porges, Richard Schwartz and others. She is the founder, co-director and teacher of the Chilean Institute of Clinical Social Work.


MG. Diego Reyes Barría:  Clinical Social Worker and Graduate in Social Work from the Universidad de La Frontera. Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic and Family Psychotherapy from the University of Chile. International Diploma in Narrative Practices: For Therapy and Community Work by PRANAS Chile and Narrative Practices Adelaide Australia. Master in Clinical Adult Psychology: Specialization in Relational Systemic Psychotherapy from the University of Chile. He has served as Advisor and Clinical Supervisor in Reparation Programs for Serious Maltreatment and Child Sexual Abuse in Chile. He has been a speaker at various congresses, conferences, meetings, courses, seminars and talks on Clinical Social Work, Mental Health and Family Therapy, both nationally and internationally, supported by trade unions, professional groups, universities and other public or private organizations. He has worked as a social worker, both in private practice and in public mental health services and in psychosocial reparation programs for serious maltreatment and sexual abuse with children, adolescents and families under a legal protection context in Chile. He has also been an undergraduate and graduate teacher at Chilean Universities. He is currently the founder, teacher and co-director of the Chilean Institute of Clinical Social Work; It is also compiling the first book on Clinical Social Work in Latin America, sponsored by the Editorial Fundación la Hendija of Argentina, which is entitled "Clinical Social Work: Latin American Perspectives and Related Contexts."



David Denborough es de profesión trabajador social de nacionalidad australiana, Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) por University of New South Wales Australia y Doctor en Filosofía (PhD) por La Trobe University Australia, Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud. David ejerce como practicante comunitario, docentes y escritor/editor para Dulwich Centre, en algunas ocasiones, también escribe para el teatro. Las preocupaciones recientes sobre la enseñanza/comunidad lo han llevado a dictar docencia en Palestina, Tailandia, Israel, Bosnia, Ruanda, Uganda, Canadá, Brasil, Argentina, Chile, Sudáfrica y en varias comunidades aborígenes australianas. Por medio de canciones colectivas, David ofrece respuestas a los problemas sociales actuales que han sido difundidos en Australia y Canadá. Él está sumamente interesado en evitar la colonización psicológica, desarrollando formas de práctica relevantes para las poblaciones y personas más marginados, centrándose en prácticas transculturales a través de asociaciones transculturales (tales como como el Árbol de la Vida y el Equipo de la Vida). David también es coordinador del Máster en Terapia Narrativa y Trabajo Comunitario en el Departamento de Trabajo Social de la Universidad de Melbourne, programa en colaboración con el Dulwich Centre de Australia. También ejerce como profesional narrativo con personas, familias y comunidades que han experimentado profundas adversidades en la vida. Y por medio del Dulwich Centre Foundation, su terapia narrativa y trabajo comunitario han incluido colaboraciones a lo largo del tiempo con países como Ruanda y Palestina, y con colegas de las Primeras Naciones en Australia. Sus libros más importantes son:  Retelling the stories of our lives: Everyday narrative therapy to draw inspiration and transform experience (2014);  Collective narrative practice: Responding to individuals, groups, and communities who have experienced trauma (2008); Trauma: Narrative responses to traumatic experience (2006); Queer counselling & narrative practice (2002); Family therapy: Exploring the field’s past, present and possible futures (2001); Beyond the prison: Gathering dreams of freedom (1996).


MSW, JD.  Larry Alicea Rodríguez - International Collaborating Teacher  (Puerto Rico):  Clinical Social Worker and Lawyer with therapeutic and forensic practice. Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from the University of Puerto Rico. Master in Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in families with children from the University of Puerto Rico and Juris Doctor from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. He was President of the Puerto Rico Association of Social Work Professionals from 2012 to 2018, he is currently President for Latin America and the Caribbean of the International Federation of Social Work (FITS), an organization of which he is also a member of the World Executive. He has written articles in newspapers, professional magazines and chapters in edited books, as well as an exhibitor in various countries around the world. His topics of interest are violence against the child-youth population, specifically sexual violence. Likewise, he studies and works as an expert in matters related to custody, relocation and affiliate relations matters in the family courts of Puerto Rico. She is a Human Rights activist, specifically in matters of the LGBTIQ collective. He is also Director of the Support Program for Victims of Sexual Abuse and their Families at the Carlos Albizu University. Finally, he works as an adjunct professor to the Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work at the Ana G. Méndez University in the Carolina Campus where he teaches courses on theories and models of behavior and human development, mental health and clinical intervention. He is also a professor of the Social Work Program at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras, where he teaches the Intervention with People and Families I and II courses, the Social Work and Homosexuality course, and the Instruction in Supervised Practice courses. He is currently a doctoral student in Social Work at the University of Puerto Rico.

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DR. Jonathan Regalado Piñero - International Collaborating Teacher  (Spain):  Spanish Clinical Social Worker, Doctor in Psychology from the University of La Laguna, Master in Community Psychosocial Intervention from the University of La Laguna  and University Expert in Psychotherapeutic Intervention UNED. University Expert in Neurofelicity applied to the field of health, Collegiate Training as Social Expert, Certified as Coach by the Spanish Institute of PNL & International Coaching Center (ICC), Certified as Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming by the Spanish Institute of PNL and ACOPROA, Titled in Eriksonian Clinical Hypnosis​ . Co-author of the book "Practices of Clinical Social Work" compiled by Amaya Ituarte (2017). He currently works as a Social Worker in the Public Social Services and exercises the independent practice of Clinical Social Work in a private practice. Be part of the technical team  of the PRISMA Tenerife Sur Network in defense of the LGTBIQ collective. Founding member of the Association for the Free Exercise of Social Work EM-SOCIAL. Coordinator of the Collegiate Commission of Clinical Social Work of the Official College of Social Work of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Coordinator of the Office of Clinical Social Work of the National Association of Social Workers in Free Practice. Dr. Regalado has a long and proven professional career in the specialty of Clinical Social Work, both in Spain and in Latin America, developing an intense work, both professional and teaching, for the defense, legitimacy and promotion of the specialty of Clinical Social Work in Iberoamerica. He is the founder, director and teacher of the Spanish Institute of Clinical Social Work, he also has 14 years of experience in clinical and social intervention, he has intervened with more than 1,500 cases and has given more than 3,000 hours of specialized training.


MG. Paulina Saldias Guerra:  Social Worker from the Universidad del Pacífico, Family and Couples Therapist from the Institute of Psychiatry and Psychology of Santiago, Master in Clinical Psychology: Relational Systemic Studies of the Family and Couples from the Alberto Hurtado University and the Chilean Institute of Family Therapy. She has extensive experience in intervening with individuals and families in psychosocial programs of the state network and private foundations, especially in the area of health, childhood and adolescence, from topics such as: children with commitments to their health (CONIN, COANIQUEM ), substance use (Hogar de Cristo, UNICEF, Central Metropolitan Health Service), care for families with various family conflicts (CEAF –UCSH), sexual abuse and severe child maltreatment (PREVIF of the Dr. Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital), experience in the evaluation of couples applying for adoption (Chilean Foundation for adoption, FADOP). Undergraduate and postgraduate teacher in various Schools of Social Work (Universidad del Pacífico, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez). Currently he teaches the chair of Social Work with subjects and families at the Silva Henríquez Catholic University, together with workshops that promote various relational and disciplinary skills in Social Work, he is also a Postgraduate teacher in the Master in Social Intervention at the same university.  Rapporteur of various trainings at the postgraduate level for Social Workers and Social Sciences professionals, in Intervention with individuals and families. Co-author of the book Model of Intervention for Family Social Work (1998).


© MG. Mauricio Díaz Valdés:  Social Worker and Graduate in Social Work from the Universidad del Bío Bío. Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic and Family Psychotherapy from the University of Chile.  Postgraduate in Family and Community Mediation from the University of La Frontera. Diploma in Social Skills and Labor Insertion from the Universidad del Bío-Bío. Diploma in Social Development from the  Development University. Candidate for a Master's Degree in Socio-Legal Intervention with Families from the Andrés Bello University. He has been a speaker at various seminars, courses and national talks on Clinical Social Work, Systemic Therapy and Narrative Therapy. In addition, he has vast experience as a social worker in social vulnerability and poverty programs; and in recent years he has worked in Repair Programs for Serious Abuse and  Sexual abuse with the child-adolescent population, both in direct care as a family therapist and as  technical coordinator. Currently form  part of the National Registry of External Experts of the Public Prosecutor's Office of Chile. He also carries out various reports for institutions in the country in the public and private sphere in Family Therapy for contexts of social vulnerability.



Psicóloga chilena y Licenciada en Psicología quién está actualmente radicada en Australia. Estudió la carrera de Psicología en la Universidad de Concepción. Posee el Diplomado de Postítulo en Psicoterapia Sistémica Narrativa Infanto-Juvenil por la Universidad de Chile y el Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work por University of Melbourne de Australia. Ha ejercido como psicóloga en programas de protección a la infancia vulnerada y en consulta privada en Chile, además ha sido docente en universidades y consultoras. En Australia se ha desempeñado como trabajadora de casos en Uniting Comunnities asistiendo a individuos, sus familias y personas de apoyo, que están experimentando problemas con alcohol u otras drogas a través del programa de rehabilitación intensivo. Hoy en día es colaboradora ocasional en proyectos del Dulwich Centre en Adelaide, Australia, apoyando a estudiantes de la Universidad de Melbourne que se encuentran en cuarentena por COVID-19. Además realiza traducciones y distribución de recursos para apoyar a la comunidad más amplia durante la crisis por la pandemia de COVID-19 crisis, no solo en Australia, también a nivel global, asistiendo y facilitando talleres online para comunidades hispanohablantes.



Trabajadora Social y Licenciada en Trabajo Social por la Universidad de La Frontera. Diplomado Internacional en Terapia Narrativa y Trabajo Comunitario del Instituto Chileno de Trabajo Social Clínico. Certificación Internacional en Prácticas Dialógicas y Diálogos Abiertos por Network for Dialogical Practice y Diálogos Abiertos Argentina. Diplomado de Postítulo en Psicoterapia Sistémica y Familiar por la Universidad de Chile. Diplomado en Mediación Familiar y Comunitaria por la Universidad de La Frontera. Magíster en Estudios de Género y Cultura mención Humanidades por la Universidad de Chile. Ha recibido formación clínica, por medio del enlace académico y la supervisión clínica para atención de personas y familias, realizando atención terapéutica sistémica en el Centro de Atención Psicológica (CAPS) de la Universidad de Chile, además ha participado en los Equipos de Trabajo y Asesoría Sistémica (eQtasis), específicamente en Equipo de Atención Clínica a Familias y Parejas y el en grupo de Estudio Género y Familia, los cuales están anexados al Departamento de Psicología; además se formó y tuvo supervisión por parte de Jaakko Seikkula, Tom Arkill, Mary Olson, David Epston, David Denborough, Jill Freedman, Poh Lin Lee y otros terapeutas diálogos y narrativos. En la actualidad se desempeña en un programa de atención pública cuyo objetivo es el trabajo reparatorio con niños, niñas y adolescentes gravemente vulnerados en sus derechos, donde realiza un terapéutico a nivel individual y familiar con personas que han sido víctima de maltrato grave y abuso sexual en Chile.

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