Taught course

Mental health and Well-Being: Multidisciplinary Practice with Young People and Adults

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

Entry requirements

Applicants are 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 young people or adults 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 young people and/or adults 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

This innovative, multidisciplinary programme has been designed for all professionals working with adolescents, young people and adults, across all sectors.

This bi-modal course holds development throughout the lifespan at its core and is informed by both psychodynamic and systemic theory-based practice models. It introduces the fundamental aspects of young people and adult mental healthcare and practice.

It has been specifically designed to help all those working in this field improve the experience and outcomes for adolescents and adults. It aims to develop your knowledge, skills and practice in working therapeutically with adolescents and adults facing emotional, psychological and mental health difficulties.

Within this context, teaching and learning focuses on:

Theoretical seminars/lectures

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

Observational seminars

Observational seminars of infants, families or institutions are delivered in small learning groups and draw upon psychodynamic and systemic theory respectively. These are designed to deepen the understanding of infants, families or institutions and to develop observational skills and capabilities in this work. Students will need to choose to undertake either an infant, family or institutional observation unit.

Work discussion

These professional practice small group seminars will draw on your practical work experience and aim to develop your capabilities in thinking and in practice. They are also designed to facilitate the integration of relevant theoretical ideas and research in order to develop advanced therapeutic practice skills in working with young people and adults.

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 which many students thoroughly enjoy.

Please note that this course can be studied in one of two ways. You may study for one full day per week for one year, or half a day per week for two years.

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