To offer mental health providers a unique psychodynamically-oriented and neurobiologically-informed doctoral degree education that equips students with the necessary theory, skills and techniques to better serve and make a significant difference in the mental health needs of children, adolescents and their families with cultural humility and equity.
The Reiss-Davis Graduate School aspires to be a leading institution offering clinicians a transformative education and also a doctorate degree within a psychodynamic and neurobiological context that fosters a passion for improving the lives of children and adolescents: understanding, intervening, and making a difference.
Reiss-Davis Graduate School’s purpose is to prepare students, who are mental health professionals, to become sensitive child-adolescent psychotherapists who respect each child’s unique neurobiological, psychodynamic, and social-relational history. The RDGS’s purpose is effectuated through a developmentally-based, psychodynamically-oriented, neurobiologically-informed doctoral program in psychodynamic child psychology and psychotherapy, whose curriculum includes mentoring that integrates theory and technique, applied research, and professional practice.
Our Core Values:
- Excellence - A commitment to high expectations with accountability and creativity; to develop life-long learners who contribute to our mental-health professional community.
- Compassion - A commitment to act towards all in a spirit of empathy, caring, justice, and respect.
- Inclusion - A commitment to respect the distinct abilities, talents, perspectives, and skills of all through awareness of self and others.
- Integrity - A commitment to act authentically with truth, honesty, professionalism, and transparency.