Child, Adolescent & Family Training

Free, Online Open Event – Tuesday 8th June 

Join us for a FREE online event to discuss the courses that are offered by The Tavistock & Portman Trust. Hear in depth detail about the training from the expert course team and there will be time for you to ask questions about how your own experience may be applied to the course, and your application. 

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Introduction

Our Child, Adolescent & Family training courses are delivered by The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust who offer a unique opportunity for professionals across the region to receive therapeutic training from leading trainers and clinicians working in the field today. The London-based Tavistock and Portman has a world-leading reputation as a mental health trust and training facility.

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.

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

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
  • Gain 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?

This course is for you if you are working in the field of child, adolescent or family mental health and wellbeing and wish to improve your knowledge and capabilities. 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?

The delivery of the course is under review for Autumn 2021 and will depend on current government guidelines.

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 an undergraduate degree, degree equivalent, or evidence of other relevant post-registration education/experience
  • Are 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 where you have a remit to make a difference in your work.

 

Due to the increasing popularity of this course, applications will close on Friday 30 July 2021.  If you apply before this date and meet the entry requirements, we will interview you by August 2021 and we strongly advise you to apply as early as you can.  If you apply after this date, we cannot guarantee you an interview for a place starting in September 2021.

Application and further details

Please note that all applications and further enquiries are handled by The Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust. Please follow this link for further details about the course including course fees and how to apply.

Psychological Therapies with Children, Young People & Families (M34) 

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.

 

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.

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 delivery of the course is under review for Autumn 2021 and will depend on current government guidelines.

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 our 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 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 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.

Application and further details

Please note that all applications and further enquiries are handled by The Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust. Please follow this link for further details about the course including course fees and how to apply.