Psychological therapies with children, young people, and families (M34)
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.
Please note: Due to the popularity of this course, applications for September 2021 will close on Monday 26 April 2021. All interviews will have taken place by July. If places are still available following this round of interviews then we may re-open applications, but this is not guaranteed so we strongly encourage early application to avoid disappointment.
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.
In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:
- have successfully completed our course
adolescent and family mental well-being: multidisciplinary practice OR
- have successfully completed our course
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
- 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.
Sarina Campbell is a child and adolescent psychotherapist working at the Tavistock and Portman.
She has worked with children’s mental health for the last 20 years, particularly in schools and voluntary sector organisations such as Kids Company and Open Door. She currently runs the CYAF children’s group and supervises M80 tutees.
£ 5,410 per year
£ 10,820 per year
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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.