Taught course

Working with Children, Young People and Families: A Psychoanalytic Observational Approach

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

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to: have at least one year of prior experience (paid or voluntary) directly working with children and/or adolescents and/or families; have an interest in, and aptitude for, learning about emotional development, observation and psychoanalytic thinking; be currently undertaking direct work with children, young people, parents or families, for a minimum one to two days per week; have a first degree, or the equivalent, or be able to demonstrate that you can meet the academic demands of the course; provide two references, one from an employer who can give an account of your work with children.

Months of entry


Course content

This course, taught by experienced child psychotherapists, is designed to enhance professional work with children, young people and their carers. It is rooted in learning from detailed observation within a psychoanalytic framework.

This course is for:

  • teachers;
  • teaching assistants;
  • nurses;
  • doctors;
  • healthcare assistants;
  • psychologists;
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) workers;
  • family support workers;
  • family, child and adolescent mental health professionals;
  • adult mental health professionals wanting to explore work with children;
  • social workers;
  • youth justice and community youth workers.

This is also the prerequisite course for the M80 Professional Doctoral Training in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Join us at a course specific Open Evening on the 10th May 2016 from 6pm - 7.30pm. To register your place, please complete our online booking form.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

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