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In the early 1970’s, Jeanette Levitt founded and directed a Child and Adolescent Therapy Training Program, offering low cost, quality training to therapists who worked with children at the New Hope Guild Centers. In 1985, Dr. Norma Simon became the Program Director until 1995 when Dr. Phyllis Cohen took over the program as director for the next five years.


In 2000, under the leadership of Dr. Phyllis Cohen, Director, Dr. Carole Grand, Clinical Coordinator, Ms. Mary Tirolo, Co-treasurer, Ms. Gloria Malter, Co-Treasurer, and Ms. Karen Cadwalader, Assistant Program Director, the New York Institute for Psychotherapy Training (NYIPT) was launched.


NYIPT received a provisional charter as a Training Institute, and became an accredited, free-standing Training Program in 2002.  Up until 2011, NYPT offered a certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy to its graduates. In 2005, NYIPT received its not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) status. Dr. Tracy Simon joined the Program’s Executive Board as the Associate Program Director in 2007.


From its inception, the New Hope Guild and NYIPT Programs have graduated over 140 qualified child therapists who have worked with thousands of needy children and parents.  Many of our graduates now teach and supervise countless others in the field of mental health and psychotherapy. 


Over the years NYIPT has partnered with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, The Peninsula Preparatory Academy Charter School in Far Rockaway, and the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), offering training for trainers, teachers, parents, interns and other mental health workers. In addition, NYIPT has collaborated with the Ohel Children's Home and Family Services, providing training for foster care parents in the orthodox Jewish community, and at the New Alternatives for Children (NAC), in the Building Blocks Program, providing training for therapists to work work dyadically with birth parents in supervised visits with their children who are in or are at-risk to be placed in foster care.

In November, 2016 NYIPT was approved to offer Continuing Education Credits (CEU's) to social workers in the state of New York.

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