Taught course

Clinical Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust · Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
PhD by taught

Entry requirements

You must have completed the MA in Working with Children, Young People & Families: a Psychoanalytic Observational Approach (M7) course to at least PG.Dip. (or to MA if you do not already hold an honours degree) or an equivalent that delivers comparable learning outcomes.

You will be strong in the following areas:

  • work experience;
  • mpre-clinical studies;
  • academic requirements;
  • personal analysis;
  • personal suitability.

By 'personal suitability' we mean being able to demonstrate:

  • both sensitivity and resilience to meet the emotional demands of the training;
  • sustained interest in children and adolescents;
  • ability to engage and build relationships with children and adolescents;
  • awareness of the impact you have on others and the impact of others on you;
  • ability to keep personal/professional boundaries;
  • ability to ask for and use help;
  • ability to keep thinking under pressure;
  • excellent written and spoken communications skills.

Months of entry


Course content

This internationally renowned course offers a full-time four-year clinical training leading to the award of Professional Doctorate in Child and adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. It is also an NHS Professional Training leading to qualification as a child and adolescent psychotherapist and eligibility for membership of the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) which is the registering body for the profession.

You will have a commitment to working with children and adolescents and substantial experience across the age range. You will need to demonstrate suitability for this demanding work and to have been in personal analysis (with an accredited practitioner) for at least a year before training starts.

Fees and funding

UK students
Funded course

Please see information on fees and funding for Tavistock and Portman students on our website.

Qualification and course duration

PhD by taught

full time
48 months

Course contact details

Rosa Akerman
+44 (0)20 8938 2213 / 2214