1a) Professional Qualification: Applicants hold a relevant professional qualification relating to working with children.
- Social Work (DipSW, BA in Social Studies with DipSW, Masters in Social Work MSW)
- Nursing (Nursing BN, Nursing BA/BSc)
- Teaching (PGCE, B.Ed, MA/MSc in Education)
- Occupational Therapy (BSc, MSc)
- Speech and Language Therapy (BSc, MSc)
- Counselling/Psychotherapy Postgraduate Diploma, MA, MSc)
- Clinical Psychology/Educational Psychology (PhD, MSc)
OR 1b) Academic Learning: Applicants hold a good second-class honours degree (2.2 or above) in Psychology or related subject.
2) Professional Experience: Applicants must have considerable experience of working directly with children and families. This must include a minimum of two years post qualifying experience (from professional qualification or degree).
3) Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure: Applicants must present an appropriately clear and up-to-date Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) (formally CRB) check prior to starting the Masters programme. All applicants must successfully complete an interview with academic staff. For non-native speakers of English, IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required.
Months of entry
This programme provides a clinical training in counselling and psychotherapy for children, adolescents and their families. Those successfully completing the MA will be eligible to apply for individual practitioner registration with BACP as counsellors/psychotherapists working with children, adolescents and families.
This three year part-time postgraduate degree is designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and expertise necessary to have a positive impact on children and young people’s emotional and psychological health, as well as their overall development.
The programme is designed to support your development as a therapeutic practitioner able to work one-to-one with child and adolescent clients who present with diverse psychological issues in a variety of settings including both mainstream and special education, child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) as well as youth and community support services. You will develop the skills necessary to be critically reflective about your own developing practice, along with an enquiring attitude to theory, research and evidence-based practice in complex areas of therapeutic work with children, adolescents and their families.
The programme is based around an integrative approach to therapeutic interventions with children and adolescents, incorporating aspects from three main therapeutic and theoretical traditions; humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural. We take a developmental approach to thinking about the client, as we explore the developing world of the infant and growing child from a variety of important perspectives, including that of attachment theory, psychoanalytic theory as well as neuro-biological and systemic lenses. You will be encouraged to explore psychological processes and experiences from these different perspectives, and recognise the theoretical, personal and cultural assumptions which influence your own thoughts and work as a practitioner.
This programme includes a focus on both Rogserian child-centred and psychodynamic perspectives and integrates these within a framework for understanding psychological and mental growth. Throughout the programme, you will develop a high level of awareness of self and the demands of the therapeutic process. This will be achieved through your own personal therapy and via small group practice-based learning parallel to the practice placements.
You will be taught by experts in the field who lead on cutting-edge research projects and who have excellent links to school based counselling and child and adolescent psychopathology underpinned by our research centres CREST – Centre for Research in Social & Psychological Transformations CARICAW- Centre for Applied Research & assessment in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing.
As well as cognitive and reflective skills, you will also learn practical ways of working with your clients in a therapeutic relationship to address conscious and unconscious needs and produce a change in emotional and cognitive processes and behaviour. This involves integrating complex and advanced skills, and responding creatively to complex, novel and unpredictable situations.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- part time36 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions
- +44 (0)20 8392 3232