Course Overview 

This new and innovative course will equip people to work therapeutically with children, young people and families. You will be trained to offer therapy based on psychoanalytic and systemic approaches, in addition to some other evidence-based treatments such as CBT and Mindfulness.

There are two open evenings planned for this course in 2015.

  • 23 February 2015, from 6.15pm
  • 11 May 2015. from 6.15pm

Both events will take place at the Tavistock Centre.

Come along to meet the clinician/trainer team and to find out more about how this course can contribute to your education and professional development.

To register your place at one of these events please contact course administrator Beatrix Rozsa.

Postgraduate Certificate
Postgraduate Diploma
MA / Masters
Course Length 
1 - 3 years
Course Type 
On site
Study Attendance 
Part - time
Who is this course for?

This course is intended for you if you are working in either a voluntary or statutory sector setting with children and families, including, for example:

  • counsellor
  • social worker
  • education worker
  • psychotherapist
  • creative arts therapist
  • child and adolescent primary mental health care worker
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) practitioner
  • occupational therapist
  • nurse
Course outline

The course consists of the following elements:
Normally students would first undertake D24 or its equivalent through APEL as per programme specification;



  • work discussion
  • infant or young child observation
  • experiential group
  • theoretical seminars: child development, neuroscience and attachment, and therapeutic practice and concepts lecture series
  • three-day group relations conference entitled ‘Inter-agency working: exploring complex realities’
  • personal tutorials



Year one

  • theory on assessment and engaging in therapeutic work
  • specialist workshops (eg fostering and adoption/autism/infant mental health)
  • small supervision groups
  • learning how to approach research
  • fortnightly individual supervision
  • evidence-based practice seminars


Year two

  • theory on the psychodynamic therapeutic approach
  • specialist workshops (eg fostering and adoption/autism/infant mental health)
  • small supervision groups
  • fortnightly individual supervision
  • evidence-based practice seminars
Why study with us?

This course will:

  • train professionals to work therapeutically in child mental health settings with children, parents, young people and families
  • provide foundations in developmental theory, key presenting issues in CAMHS, and an understanding of psychoanalytic, systemic and other evidence-based modalities
  • offer a range of supervision and forums for case presentation in which you will develop a number of specialist areas of therapeutic understanding and practice
  • equip you academically and professionally for a role and therapeutic practice that has become increasingly needed in the CAMHS and public sector child and adolescent workforce, as well as deliver counselling in schools and other settings

In order to achieve the Postgraduate Diploma award, you need to submit and pass three pieces of coursework; to achieve the MA award, you must submit and pass one further piece of coursework and a mini-dissertation of 5,000 words.


Teaching and attendance timetables for academic year 2015/16 are not yet set. Please check back in early 2015 for updates.


Three years, part-time.

Academic award

On successful completion of this course you will be awarded an MA, accredited by the University of East London. The following intermediate awards are also available:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (after successful completion of year one)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (after successful completion of year two)

Once you have achieved both the academic and clinical requirements of the course you will be eligible for membership of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists (TSP) and registration with the BPC.

Entry requirements

Entry to the course is based on an application form, an employer's reference and an interview.

You are normally expected to:

  • hold an appropriate professional qualification relevant to your chosen career
  • have at least two years’ practice experience since qualification, preferably more
  • hold a first 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 experiencing difficulties, be they behavioural, emotional or psychological (this may include managing, teaching or supervising staff), where your remit is to make a difference in your work and apply therapeutic ideas

You need to have substantial experience of working with children, young people or families with the remit to address emotional, behavioural or psychological issues.

On top of this, you will need to have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Child, adolescent and family mental well-being: multidisciplinary practice (D24); and pass a personal interview.

This would be the normal route of entry. However, after successful interview, you may be eligible to apply for accreditation against aspects of the programme, including the usual first year, D24. This would be through accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) or accreditation of prior certificated learning (APL) processes, or through an approved articulation agreement. In this case, you must be able to provide evidence that you have the required learning outcomes as listed in the units for which you are seeking exemption. You are then advised to apply by 30 June and discuss at interview your aspiration to seek exemption, as this process takes time to verify and agree.


Fees for academic year 2015/16 are not yet set. Please check back in early 2015 for updates.

Course dates

Information on term dates can be found here. If your course has a clinical or observation element then clinical work, clinical supervision and observation support may continue beyond the dates of the teaching year. Tutorial and Unit support will also be available. Your course may have specific attendance and assignment submission dates for 2015/16, these will be published in due course.

Closing date for applications

Applications to this course will close in July 2015.

What 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!”


“'Mindfulness teaching is surprisingly powerful and likely to be a very effective clinical tool.”


“It is WONDERFUL that we have been able to be taught a 'mindfulness' programme. Truly inspiring!”


“Excellent clinical supervision!”

Anonymous M34 student feedback.