Psychological therapies with children, young people, and families (M34)

Course overview

This innovative course will equip you to work therapeutically with children, young people and families. Completion of the academic programme and clinical requirements leads to accreditation by The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) with the title of Psychodynamic Psychotherapist working with Children, Young People and Families.

Due to the popularity of this course, admissions have been extended to Monday 4 July 2022. Please ensure that you have met as many of the entry requirements as possible before applying as failure to do so can result in not being ready to start the course in September 2022.

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You will train to offer therapy based on psychodynamic and systemic approaches,  as well as other evidence-based treatments, such as Mindfulness.

In year one you will:

  • study theory on assessment and engaging in therapeutic work
  • attend specialist workshop on Difference; Identity; Diversity.
  • partake in small supervision groups
  • learn how to approach research
  • have fortnightly individual supervision
  • attend evidence-based practice seminars, including on mindfulness
  • be in a work placement where you have the opportunity to see children, adolescents and families for clinical work using a psychodynamic framework, including individual psychotherapy. 

In year two you will:

  • study theory on the psychodynamic therapeutic approach
  • attend evidence-based practice seminars on systemic approaches
  • attend specialist workshops on working in schools or adolescence, partake in small supervision groups, have fortnightly individual supervision and carry out therapy in your placement. 
  • In order to be qualified as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, you will need to complete the full two years of the academic programme including all required clinical work. If sufficient clinical work has not been completed during this time to reach BPC accreditation standards, please note that this often takes at least one further year.

This is a two year Masters programme. Students may exit after one year with a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip). 

This course has been developed by a multidisciplinary group of clinician trainers and the course design is evidentially based, theoretically sound and committed to the development of clinical skills through practice opportunities and in-depth supervision. It will enable you to become a capable and skilled child, adolescent and family mental health practitioner with training informed by a range of evidence based psychological therapies for use in child, adolescent and family mental health work. 

This course will equip you academically and professionally for a role that has become increasingly needed in the public sector child and adolescent workforce, child and adolescent mental health service sector, schools and other settings. 

What our students say

“I admire the fact that this course, which bridges different disciplines, schools of thought and modalities, has been made possible and I think it is really well taught and I am thoroughly enjoying it!”

“Practical teaching for mindfulness has been useful and different. It is impressive that this is included in our course.”

“This course has been hugely valuable to my professional development and is very relevant to apply to my job."

This course is for you if you are working in a voluntary or statutory sector setting with children and families. You may be a counsellor, social worker, teacher, psychotherapist, creative arts therapist, child and adolescent primary mental health care worker, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) practitioner, occupational therapist  or nurse.

This course may also be for you if you have completed one of our pre-clinical courses and while it will stand you in good stead, the completion of an introductory or pre-clinical course cannot be a guarantee of you gaining a place on the next course in the pathway. All clinical courses require an interview, and our tutors ensure that they thoroughly assess an applicant’s professional and personal suitability for both taking on further training and offering therapy to others. 

Many people are successful in progressing on to their chosen course, but it is important to note that acceptance on to one of our courses encompasses much more than fulfilling academic requirements.

Due to the popularity of this course, admissions have been extended to Monday 4 July 2022. Please ensure that you have met as many of the entry requirements as possible before applying as failure to do so can result in not being ready to start the course in September 2022.

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

  • have successfully completed our course in Child, adolescent and family mental well-being: multidisciplinary practice OR
  • have successfully completed our course in Working with children, young people & families: a psychoanalytic observational approach or Working with infants and the early years: a psychoanalytic observational approach to the minimum of Postgraduate Certificate level (previously Diploma level) providing you have achieved 60 credits which include an assessed observational module (i.e.20 hours of infant observations or completion of a recognised assessed and accredited module of systemic family observations, or completion of a recognised assessed module of institutional observations), and the necessary experience of working with children/young people, together with the other eligibility criteria for the course
  • have substantial experience of working with children, young people or families where you had a remit to address their behavioural, emotional or psychological difficulties.
  • hold an appropriate professional qualification relevant to your chosen career or can demonstrate that you have a significant level of knowledge and experience in a dedicated field working with children, adolescents and families.
  • have at least three years’ practice experience since qualification, preferably more
  • hold an undergraduate degree, degree equivalent or evidence of other relevant post registration education/experience
  • be in a full-time or part-time post (paid or voluntary), in which you are working with children and/or families and where you have the opportunity to provide individual therapy with children and adolescents
  • are in personal therapy for a minimum of one session per week with a BPC accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist or psychoanalyst by the time the course starts.

If you are invited to interview, you will be asked to demonstrate how you meet our Professional Suitability and Clinical Eligibility criteria.

If you have not completed one of our pathway courses

Applicants must demonstrate that their prior learning and experience is equivalent to the content and learning outcomes of our PgCert in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health and Well-being. In particular, this must include an observational module as detailed above and participation in work discussion groups, along with 60 credits at Level 7 (PgCert). This must be detailed within the application and will be further explored during any subsequent interviews. If you are unsure about whether your prior learning/experience is equivalent to the above course, please contact us to discuss.


Wednesdays , 9am or 10am to 5.30pm or 6.30pm, plus time allowed for clinical placements and weekly personal psychotherapy.


Students will be assessed on the basis of five written submissions over the two year Masters programme.  The development of students’ clinical understanding and skills will be assessed in individual and small group supervision and in workshop settings.


£ 5,950 per year


£ 11,900 per year

For more information about how Brexit may affect your fee status, please see Brexit information for EU & EEA and Swiss Nationals

Please note that course fees are subject to a 3% 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. 

MA / Master's
Course length:
2 years
The Tavistock Centre, London, Stroud
Admission status:
Course lead:
Dr. Khuzuma Akhtar

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