The mission of the Wayne Institute is to offer licensed mental health professionals a comprehensive training experience that integrates each practitioner’s skill set with the theories, research and practices shaping contemporary psychotherapy. The faculty integrates varied treatment modalities into an integrated clinical model applicable to diverse populations and treatment environments. The goal is for students to emerge with increased competence and confidence, bringing new levels of proficiency and effectiveness to clients they treat, colleagues with whom they consult, and communities that they serve.
We believe that becoming the best therapist possible requires a commitment to several professional values. Our curriculum is designed to help students integrate these values into their practices:
- Dedication to developing a genuine, empathetic connection with clients
- Willingness to be an authentic human while engaging in transformative therapeutic partnerships
- Commitment to sound clinical theory, always informed and updated by current research
- Perseverance in learning throughout the entirety of one’s career
- Openness to looking at one’s own challenges as a clinician, identifying personal blind spots and vulnerabilities
Our Theoretical Grounding
The curriculum of the Wayne Institute is based on a core set of theoretical concepts that inform the clinical model and techniques taught at the Institute:
- Human beings are hard-wired for growth, resilience and momentum toward authenticity;
- Human development is fueled by early attachment patterns and processes, which powerfully impact adult life;
- Difficulties and obstacles in living and relating to others can best be understood not as deficits, but rather as early failures of attunement and/or varying degrees of relational trauma;
- “Symptoms” are efforts at adaptation;
- It is the relationship between therapist and client that ultimately allows true, sustainable healing;
- There is no one “right way” to be in the world. Human beings exist in multiple contexts and deserve to be respected and honored in their complexity.