Working with children, young people and families CPD courses

Our short courses in this area will develop your capacity for skillful intervention, give you a deeper understanding of the complex difficulties children and families experience and build up your ability for critical reflection and resilience. 

Child standing against wall (ch-27)


February 2017


Supervision for applied psychologists in schools and community contexts: Working relationally and reflectively

Supervision is a critical component of safe and effective practice across the human services. It is essential in ensuring a containing and...

Treating women with eating disorders: From biological dysfunction to psychological and familial well - being

This brief course will include an overview of eating disorders, focusing on their multi‐causal nature. The causal conditions addressed will include...


March 2017


An introduction to Short Term Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (STPP)

Short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy (STPP) is a manualized psychoanalytic treatment for depression in adolescents aged 13-19 which involves 28...

International training school in infancy and early years

In conjunction with The Anna Freud Centre (UK) and Yale University Child Study Centre (USA) we have formed a unique collaboration in establishing...

Safeguarding children: level 3 training

The objectives of this one-day course are to help professionals involved with safeguarding to:


April 2017


An introduction to working with people with eating disorders and body dysmorphia

This is an introductory course on eating disorders and body dysmorphia in the British Isles which is based on a psychodynamic frame of reference.

Families and Beyond: An introduction to systemic thinking (Stroud)

Would you like to learn new ways of thinking about family and other close relationships? Would you like to add systemic approaches to your existing...

Psychoanalytic Research Workshops

This fortnightly workshop will be devoted to the content and process of empirical research, with a particular focus on the evidence base for child...

Relating to self-harm and suicide in adolescents and young adults

This 10-week course will focus on how to understand self-harm and suicidal behaviour in adolescence and early adulthood.

Still overlooked? Seen but not heard? Understanding children's needs when parents separate

How can parents and professionals in different contexts keep children in focus during the process of separation and divorce? How can children’s...

Working with people with eating disorders and body dysmorphia: a psychodynamic approach

This is the only clinical seminar on eating disorders and body dysmorphia in the British Isles which is based on a psychodynamic frame of reference.


May 2017


Couples as parents and parents as couples

Does your work involve contact with children and parents? Do you come across couples who are struggling to parent together? Do you want to...

Families and beyond: an introduction to systemic thinking (online)

We all live our lives in and through our relationships, both past and present, and we are all shaped by the social and cultural contexts in which...

Understanding development - adolescence

Adolescence is a time of life that is central to our sense of who we are in the world. It is a time of intense emotion, of startling changes, of...

Working with couples

Therapeutic work with couples is an important mode of intervention which is relevant in child, adolescent and adult clinical settings.


June 2017


An introduction to compassion focused therapy

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) was developed by Professor Paul Gilbert to work with people with severe and enduring mental health problems, many...

Video interaction guidance

The 2 day training course will provide an introduction to Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) and its theoretical origins.


July 2017


Introduction to psychodynamic concepts: a workshop for clinical and counselling psychologists

This is a five-day workshop for qualified clinical and counselling psychologists and for clinical and counselling psychologists in their final year...

Nurturing Parents: Mindfulness based well-being for parents

The Nurturing Parents Programme (NP) has been developed at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University. It is an...

Systemic approaches to working with trauma (CPD73)

Trauma and healing are important challenges for those involved in mental health and therapeutic work. This workshop provides a systemic perspective...


August 2017


Keeping the baby and young child at the heart of perinatal and early years services: psychoanalytically informed work with troubled families

The Tavistock Clinic Short Course in Working with Under Fives


September 2017


Developing a diverse child and adolescent workforce: an introductory course

Are you a support worker? Are you wondering how to develop your potential? NHS London is offering free places on a 10-week training course for...

Talking to children about difficult things: understanding emotional communication in challenging and turbulent contexts

Healthcare workers such as social workers and others in allied professions frequently need to talk to children and young people about difficult and...

Understanding couples

This half-day workshop is designed for counsellors and psychotherapists who are concerned with couples in the course of their work and...

Understanding the emotional needs of care leavers

Children leaving public care are some of the most vulnerable in our society. While many care leavers are resilient and lead successful lives, there...

Working with families with physical illness: a systemic approach

The care and support of children and adults affected by serious physical illness, disability and treatment regimes falls largely to their families.


October 2017


Understanding the mental health needs of school children: A workshop for education professionals

This introductory workshop is part of a series of courses especially designed for professionals working in educational settings.

Workshops for named child protection professionals

These workshops are intended to develop the skills and understanding of the named professionals working in the complex and demanding field of child...



Courses you can join at any time


Robust-Ed: Promoting resilience in young people, staff and communities

The Robust-Ed programme focuses on resilience. A particular goal is to enable individuals and teams to recognise that they do not have the capacity...

Psychoanalytic supervision for counsellors working in educational settings

This is an opportunity for counsellors and other education professionals working in a counselling capacity in schools and further education, to...


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Child development research for professionals working with children, young people and families

Many experienced professionals working in health, education and social services settings can feel perplexed when faced with emotional, behavioural...

Families and beyond: an introduction to systemic thinking

In this short course you will learn new ways of thinking about and negotiating personal and work relationships as well as many other applications...

Introduction to psychodynamic and systemic practice applications in work with young people and adults

This course explores a diverse range of practice applications of both psychodynamic and systemic theoretical models to professional work.

Professional development course for child psychotherapist service supervisors

This course is for qualified child and adolescent psychotherapists, usually band 8a or above, who are responsible for the work of a child...

The task of supervision for child psychotherapists

This course is for qualified child and adolescent psychotherapists who are responsible for supervision in their CAMHS service or in education,...

Video-intervention to promote positive parenting and sensitive discipline (VIPP-SD)

We are offering an exciting opportunity for staff from across the children’s workforce to undertake training in the use of this extremely well...

Work discussion for graduates of psychoanalytic observational studies

If you have completed work discussion seminars during Psychoanalytic observational studies (M7) or an equivalent, this is an opportunity to...

Working with Psychotherapy Groups

Whilst group therapy has long been established as a highly effective form of treatment, services are increasingly utilising group work as a means...

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