Child, Adolescent & Family Training

In this uncertain time, we are closely monitoring the situation and are looking to continue taking enquiries and bookings for an Autumn start. Please get in touch with us via: [email protected]

If you are interested in any of our Child & Family Courses:

Join our Free On-Line Open Day session on July 2nd 2020 at 2pm.


 A chance to ask questions and find out more if you are considering applying for this Autumn (please note application deadline is July 31st for all courses). Register for your free place by emailing: [email protected]

Our Child, Adolescent & Family training courses offer a unique opportunity for professionals across the region to receive therapeutic training from leading trainers and clinicians working in the field today.
Our partnership with The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has enabled us to offer specialist Child and Family training of the very highest calibre. The London-based Tavistock and Portman has a world-leading reputation as a mental health trust and training facility while GCS offers a unique learning experience; people are drawn to train here because they value the commitment, support and expertise that has grown over the last four decades into a deeply rooted therapeutic culture and community.

Please note that GCS Child & Family training courses are open to anyone working with children, adolescents and/or families including professionals from social care, education, counselling and psychotherapy, youth work or any other role in the voluntary or statutory sector.

We offer all our trainees the opportunity to discuss their training needs and career development questions. Contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our experienced training professionals: Tel 01453 766 310 or email: [email protected]

 

Coming Soon, subject to approval by Essex University:
Emotional Care of Babies, Children, Young People & Families (EC1)

Why study this course?

This two year course will help you acquire skills, understanding and reflective practice in working with babies, children, young people, parents and families.  It will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the complexity of communication within relationships.  You will be introduced to key psychoanalytic ideas and how they connect to your real-life observation and experience with children and families.  And finally, you will be able to develop your confidence and expertise in progressing your career working with children and families.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those at the early stages of developing a professional career in the children’s and young people’s sector as well as those working in the field who wish to further develop their knowledge and understanding and acquire a formal university accredited qualification.  For example:

  • If you work in a support role in the health, education, social care, residential care or childcare sector.
  • A graduate with limited work-based experience and want to develop your career in working with children and families.
  • Career change and are looking for a starting point in a new working role with children and young people.

Past students have been au pairs, child minders, journalists, professionals from the business sector, community workers, family support workers, foster carers, nursery workers, play leaders, social work assistants, teaching assistants and staff in children’s centres.

If you have successfully completed our ten week Continuing Professional Development course ‘Developing a diverse child and adolescent workforce’ this course may also be for you.

Find out more

Contact GCS: [email protected] Tel: 01453 766 310


The Postgraduate Certificate in Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Well-being: Multi-disciplinary Practice (D24) run by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust & GCS Partnership October 2020 – May 2021 (p/time)

Why study this course?

This is a unique opportunity to study on an award winning multidisciplinary course, validated by the University of Essex that runs for a year on a part-time basis. It will enable you to gain:

  • A theoretical framework for understanding child, adolescent and family development and family functioning that will inform your practice
  • Advanced knowledge, clinical capabilities and skills drawing upon psychodynamic and systemic theories
  • The opportunity to undertake informed early assessment, skilful and elective preliminary work
  • An understanding of how and where to refer children, young people and families for more specialised treatment whilst always having the service user perspective at the centre of your practice.

Who is this course for?

The course is for you if you are working in child, adolescent or family mental health wishing to develop your expertise. You may be a counsellor, psychotherapist or art therapist, social worker, nurse health visitor, education professional, occupational therapist, child and adolescent primary mental healthcare worker, child & adolescent mental health services practitioner (CAMHS) or professional working with children and families in another role.

Overview of the course

During this course, you will participate in:

  • Theoretical seminars/lectures
  • Therapeutic Practice, Concepts and Contexts: Applications for practice in working with children, young people and families with emotional and mental health difficulties (ModuleA)
  • Introduction to child development research and presenting issues (Module C )
  • Work practice discussions
  • Infant observation (Modules Ba) or Family observation seminars (Module Bb)
  • Experiential group
  • Personal tutorials
  • A four-day group relations conference entitled ‘Exploring the Complex Realities of Inter- agency Working: a Group Relations Conference’.

How is the course delivered?

This course will be delivered at Gloucestershire Counselling Service in Stroud, or at suitable alternative facilities. Students will attend GCS at Stroud every week on Thursday afternoons, with a monthly Friday all day symposium (unless otherwise arranged for webinars). In addition, weekly web-based learning is attended online from your work or home. A personal tutor will support your professional and personal development on the course and we offer pastoral care to all our students. You will also be fully supported by the Technology Enhanced Learning Unit at the Tavistock and Portman as well as gaining full access to their world class library. It is an invaluable resource recognised globally for its specialist collection with access to approximately 5000 e-books and over 17,000 e-journals including Staff Publications Online containing over 1000 articles, book chapters and theses written by Staff and Research Students from 2007 onwards, freely available to trainees copyright permitting. 

Entry requirements

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

  • Hold an appropriate professional qualification relevant to your chosen career
  • Have at least two years’ practical experience in working with children and families since qualification
  • Have a first degree, degree equivalent, or evidence of other relevant post-registration education/ experience
  • Are in a paid or voluntary post working with children and/or families experiencing difficulties be they behavioural, emotional or psychological with a remit to make a difference in your work.

Time & Location

Starting September 2019 at GCS, Alma House, 52/53 High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AP

Fees

The annual fee for this course is £3,525 for Home/EU students. We are happy to offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for special courses. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Contact

Visit: https://tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/training/courses/child-adolescent-and-family-mental-well-being-multidisciplinary-practice-stroud/ or contact GCS: [email protected] or call 1453 766 310.

What next?

Completing this course opens up further training opportunities to support your therapeutic and professional development at GCS, potentially to include the M34 (see below for details), The Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust or elsewhere. We offer a free service to discuss your career and training opportunities, book an appointment with one of our experienced training professionals: [email protected] or call 01453 766 310.

Psychological Therapies with Children, Young People & Families (M34) run by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust & GCS Partnership October 2020 – May 2021 (p/time)

Why study this course?

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.

Who is this course for?

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 or psychotherapist or art therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Nurse
  • Education professional
  • Occupational therapist
  • Child & adolescent mental healthcare worker
  • Child & adolescent mental health services practitioner (CAMHS)
  • Professional working with children & families in another role.

Overview of the Course

This course will train you to offer therapy based on psychodynamic and systemic approaches, in addition to some other evidence-based treatments such as Mindfulness.

In year one you will:

  • study theory on assessment and engaging in psychodynamic therapeutic work
  • attend specialist workshops on adolescence/working in schools/diversity and difference/infant mental health
  • partake in small supervision groups
  • learn how to approach research
  • have fortnightly individual supervision
  • attend evidence-based practice seminars including mindfulness
  • be in paid or voluntary work placements where you have the opportunity to see children/adolescents for individual psychodynamic psychotherapy

 

In year two you will:

  • study theory on  psychodynamic therapeutic approaches
  • attend evidence-based practice seminars and systemic workshops
  • You will continue to attend specialist workshops, partake in small supervision groups, have fortnightly individual supervision and be in paid or voluntary work placements where you have the opportunity to see children/adolescents for individual psychodynamic psychotherapy.

 

This is a two year Masters programme. Students may exit after one year with a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip).
Please note that students will only be eligible for British Psychoanalytic Council registration as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist working with Children, Young People and Families if they complete the full two years, along with all the required clinical development which may take additional time.

Course Delivery & Assessment

The course will be delivered on Thursdays, 9am or 10am to 5.30pm or 6.30pm, and participants need to allow time for clinical placements and weekly personal psychotherapy.  Students will be assessed on the basis of 5 written submissions over the 2 year Masters programme.  The development of students’ clinical understanding and skills will be assessed in individual and small group supervision and in workshop settings.

Entry Requirements

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 the Tavistock 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 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 the 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.

Fees

The fee is  £3,930 per year.  We are happy to offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for special courses. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Contact

Visit: https://tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/training/courses/psychological-therapies-children-young-people-and-families-m34g-stroud/ or Contact GCS: [email protected] Tel: 01453 766 310 for more information and do speak to us to explore and discuss your training and career path in more depth.