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Postgraduate Professional Development Programs

The Office of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs at St. John’s University is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art training opportunities for professionals in the community who are interested in continuing education and professional development training. We provide specialized certificate training programs in specific areas of professional practice.

We are approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education programs for psychologists, and by the New York State Department of Education to provide training in Child Abuse Identification and Reporting and School Violence Prevention and Intervention training workshops.


Aware of its role as a leading educational institution and its responsibility to the community it serves, particularly the professional community, the Office of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs was created to develop training opportunities for SJU alumni and other professionals in the community interested in pursuing additional training to enhance their professional standing.

Part of the Office’s mission is to encourage and promote a more accurate and responsive understanding among practitioners of the population they are likely to treat. We offer a dynamic and interdisciplinary structure that engages scholars and accomplished practitioners in discussions of critical issues and best practices. Through our continuing education workshops, conferences, and certificate programs, we collaborate with local professional organizations to facilitate the cross-fertilization of ideas and training through both formal and informal gatherings at our various facilities.

Contact Information

Rafael Art. Javier, Ph.D., ABPP
Director, Postgraduate Professional Development Programs

Patricia Pitta, Ph.D., ABPP
Coordinator of Continuing Education Offerings