Taught course

Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Well-Being: Multidisciplinary Practice

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust · Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to:

  • hold an appropriate professional qualification relevant to your chosen career (or equivalent) and have at least two years’ practical experience in work with children and families since qualification - preferably more;
  • have 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 you have a remit to make a difference in your work.

Months of entry


Course content

The innovative course consists of the following elements:

  • theoretical seminars/lectures;
  • infant observation and/or family observation seminars;
  • work practice discussions;
  • experiential groups;
  • personal tutorials;
  • four-day group relations conference entitled ‘Exploring the Complex Realities of Inter-agency Working: a Group Relations Conference’.

Within this context, teaching and learning focuses on:

Theoretical seminars/lectures

These seminars focus on child and family development theories and research, including issues that affect mental health and wellbeing in children, young people and families. The seminars explore authoritative knowledge, understanding and applied use of theoretical concepts, relevant to different therapeutic approaches and interventions, in working effectively with children, young people, and families, where emotional and mental health difficulties exist.

Observational seminars

Observational seminars of infants, young children and/or families that will draw upon psychodynamic and systemic theory respectively and develop observational skills and capabilities in this work. Students will need to choose to undertake an infant/young child or family observation unit.

Work discussion

These professional practice seminars will draw on your practical work experience and aim to develop your capabilities in thinking and in practice.

These components aim to facilitate the integration of relevant theoretical ideas and research in order to develop advanced therapeutic practice skills in working with children, young people and families.

All teaching takes place in multidisciplinary groups. As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to attend a specially designed, multidisciplinary group relations conference entitled 'Exploring the Complex Realities of Inter-agency Working', which seeks to explore the difficulties and benefits of interdisciplinary and inter-agency work.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

We are happy to offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Please note that course fees will increase by 2% each year.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Katie Oliver
+44 (0)20 8938 2213 / 2214