Working with children, young people and families

Whether you are considering a career change or already work with children, young people and families, we are bound to have the right course for you. 

Our courses 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. 

All of our courses prepare you for working in what can be a demanding and emotional environment. They draw on a rich tradition of psychoanalytic and systemic thinking and also benefit from our experience at the cutting edge of innovative practice and research in a multidisciplinary context. 

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Introductory course

Emotional care of babies, children, young people and families (EC1)

This introductory course will introduce you to key psychoanalytic ideas and how they connect to your real-life observation and experience of...



Applied and pre-clinical courses – psychoanalytic

Working with children, young people & families: a psychoanalytic observational approach (M7)

Using psychoanalytic theory to explore detailed observation of yourself in your workplace and of young children’s early emotional development, this...

Perinatal and early years work: a psychoanalytic observational approach (M9C)

Taught by experienced clinicians with specialist experience working with parents and their infants This course offers a practice-based and...

Psychoanalytic studies (M16) full-time

This is the UK's first Psychoanalytic Studies course. It has long-established roots in the British School of Psychoanalysis and the Tavistock model...

Psychoanalytic studies (M16) part-time

This is the UK's first Psychoanalytic Studies course. It has long-established roots in the British School of Psychoanalysis and the Tavistock model...




Applied and pre-clinical courses – systemic

Systemic approaches to working with individuals, families and organisations (D4) – foundation

This course is validated by the university of Essex and accredited by The Association of Family Therapy (AFT). You will develop an understanding of...

Systemic approaches to working with individuals, families and organisations (D4) – intermediate

This course will provide you with a well-developed understanding of systemic theory and practice which will underpin your work with diverse...



Applied and pre-clinical courses – multi-modal

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

This award winning part time course will introduce you to the fundamental aspects of child, adolescent and family mental healthcare and practice,...


Clinical / qualifying course – psychoanalytic

Psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapy (M80)

This internationally renowned course is an NHS training that will allow you to qualify as a child and adolescent psychotherapist with eligibility...


Clinical / qualifying course – systemic

Systemic psychotherapy (M6)

Taught in a highly regarded NHS setting by experienced clinicians, this course provides you with a professional qualification accredited by The...


Clinical / qualifying course – multi-modal

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

This innovative course will equip people to work therapeutically with children, young people and families. It is also accredited by the The British...

Child, community and educational psychology (M4)

This highly regarded professional doctorate training course is accredited by the University of Essex. You will cover core requirements but also...


Post-qualifying / doctoral courses

Systemic family therapy supervision, consultation and training (M21)

This well-established course in systemic supervision will equip you to enhance systemic abilities at all levels in the work force through work with...

Professional doctorate in advanced practice and research: systemic psychotherapy (M10)

This course is the longest-standing systemic doctorate in the UK. This programme offers experienced practitioners, managers and educators the...


CPD courses

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...

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