Child, adolescent and family mental wellbeing: multidisciplinary practice (D24)

Course overview

This award winning part time course will introduce you to the fundamental aspects of child, adolescent and family mental healthcare and practice, informed by psychodynamic, systemic and child development theories. The course was awarded the Excellence in multi-professional education and training 2014 by Health Education North Central and East London.

You will learn through theoretical seminars and lectures, infant observation and/ or family observation, work discussion groups, experiential groups, personal tutorials and a four-day group relations conference. All teaching takes place in multidisciplinary groups. As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to attend a specially designed, multidisciplinary group relations conference entitled 'Exploring the Complex Realities of Inter-agency Working', which seeks to explore the difficulties and benefits of interdisciplinary and inter-agency work.

Theoretical seminars

Will develop your understanding of psychodynamic, systemic and developmental concepts and how they can be applied in working effectively with children, young people and families where emotional and mental health difficulties exist. You will study child and family development theories and research and explore the factors that affect mental health and wellbeing in children young people and families and common presenting issues. 

Observation

You will undertake an observational module choosing between an infant / young child or family observation. These seminars will draw upon psychodynamic or systemic theories respectively and develop your observational skills and capabilities in this work.  

Work discussion

These small, multidisciplinary professional practice groups will draw on your practical work experience and aim to develop your capabilities in thinking and in practice. These components aim to facilitate the integration of relevant theoretical ideas and research in order to develop advanced therapeutic practice skills in working with children, young people and families. 

Experiential group

You will have the opportunity for experiential group learning via a range of delivery modes; work discussion, experiential group and group relations conference. The experiential group will take place every week and offers an opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the processes at work in groups and their own role in these processes.

As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to attend a specially designed, multidisciplinary group relations conference entitled 'Exploring the Complex Realities of Inter-agency Working', which seeks to explore the difficulties and benefits of interdisciplinary and inter-agency work.

Please note: This course can be studied over two years.  You may study on Monday afternoons (2 to 6pm) for one year and then Monday mornings (10am to 1pm)in the second year, or vice versa depending on your circumstances.  This can be discussed with you at application and/or interview stage.

This is a unique opportunity to study on an award winning multidisciplinary course on a part-time basis. 

You will be able to develop a theoretical framework for understanding child, adolescent, and family development and family functioning that will inform your practice.  You will gain advanced knowledge, clinical capabilities and skills drawing upon psychodynamic and systemic theories.  You will have the capability to undertake informed early assessment, skillful and effective preliminary work, and/or know how and where to refer children, young people and families for more specialised treatment whilst always having the service user perspective at the centre of your practice.  

What our students say about the course: 

“Truly exceptional, experienced and committed tutors - with no ego! (Sounds strange but I love the Tavistock ethos - hands on, grounded and equal).”

“The design of the teaching day is excellent. It's great that we have the two main lectures at the start and at the end of the day, and in between there are spaces for reflection and learning. The work discussion group is incredibly useful and the discussions we have there are rich and thought provoking. The multidisciplinary aspects of the course are also reflected in the smaller groups, and members' contributions are informed by their respective disciplines. Experiential group has been very valuable as it has helped us process much of the emotional impact on the course.”

“I work as part of a multidisciplinary team, so the learning from my fellow students has been incredibly enriching and useful to me in my work. I have contributed insight gained while on the course in social work/ safe guarding meetings, also the clinical/therapeutic practice meetings. I have also applied it in my direct work with children and young people.”

“I speak to my immediate team informally about my learning from the course and on one occasion have used aspects of my learning when delivering training to partner agencies. I have used learning from work discussion to help other professionals recognise counter transference in multi-agency meetings. I feel I can offer much more in pathway reviews.”

This course is for you if you are working in the field of child, adolescent or family mental health and wellbeing and wish to improve your knowledge and capabilities. You may be a counsellor, psychotherapist, social worker, nurse, health visitor, education professional, occupational therapist, creative arts therapist, child and adolescent primary mental healthcare worker, child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) practitioner or working with children and families in the voluntary or statutory sector.

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:

  • hold an appropriate professional qualification relevant to your chosen career
  • have at least two years’ practical and direct experience in working with children and families since qualification
  • have an undergraduate degree, degree equivalent, or evidence of other relevant post-registration education/experience  
  • are in a full-time or part-time post (paid or voluntary) in which you are working with children and/or families experiencing difficulties be they  behavioural, emotional or psychological where you have a remit to make a difference in your work.

Attendance

Please note: This course can be studied over two years.  You may study on Monday afternoons (2 to 6pm) for one year and then Monday mornings (10am to 1pm) in the second year, or vice versa depending on your circumstances.  This can be discussed with you at application and/or interview stage.


Assessment

The three main modules (Module A – Work discussion groups and lecture series, Module B – Observation Seminars and Module C - Child Development and current research lecture series) are each assessed by way of an academic essay. Submission dates for these are normally spread out over the Summer Term. Module A has an additional assessment component by way of a clinical assessment report submitted by your work discussion lead at the end of the year.

In order to successfully complete the course you will need to pass the three essays, receive a Pass in your clinical assessment report, attend the Group Relation Conference and have a minimum of 75% attendance on all parts of the course. 

Dr Margaret Lush

Visiting lecturer

Dr Margaret Lush is a child psychotherapist who has a background in music. She has a strong interest in the creative arts and her doctoral thesis investigated the links between states of mind and the drawings done by an adolescent boy in his psychotherapy sessions.  Her doctoral research led to a wider interest in creative approaches to researching the psychotherapy process and the opportunities offered by the paradigms of complexity and chaos theory. Publications include 'Clinical facts, turning points and complexity theory' (2011) Journal of Child Psychotherapy Vol 37:1 and a book review of 'The Non-Linear Mind. Psychoanalysis of Complexity in Psychic Life'  Taylor and Francis online, Feb.2017.

She is book reviews editor for the Journal of Child Psychotherapy and teaches on several clinical and non clinical courses at the Tavistock.  

Home/EU

One year version:
£4350

Two year version:
Year one: £2600
Year two: £1750

International

One year version:
£8700

Two year version:
Year one: £5200
Year two: £3500 


Please note that course fees are subject to a 2% or CPI uplift each year, whichever is greater.

We are happy offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses.

Please contact us if you have any questions. 

Code:
PTPCTP001
Qualification:
Postgraduate Certificate
Course length:
1 year / 2 years
Attendance:
All day Mondays
Mode:
Classroom
Location:
Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, NW3 5BA, Stroud
Admission status:
Open
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Course lead:
Dr Margaret Lush

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