Aims of the Course

1) To provide a clinically based training for qualification as a child psychotherapist, recognised by the Association of Child Psychotherapy and the Department of Health.


2) To facilitate the development of clinical skills in offering specialised psychotherapeutic treatment to children, young people and their families based on observing, recording and presenting clinical material and making use of supervision.


3) To enable students to function as independent clinicians, and also to work in conjunction with other professionals as part of multidisciplinary child and adolescent mental health teams.


4) To undertake assessments which take into consideration the family context and/or professional network, and to be able to make judgements about treatment choices and to communicate these clearly to the child, family and professional network.


5) To enable students to work effectively with long-term, intensive and non-intensive cases, to undertake work with parents and families or carers and, when appropriate, to undertake brief work or group work.


6) To articulate the child's perspective in multidisciplinary meetings.


7) To educate students in psychoanalytic theory which underpins and informs clinical practice, and to be aware of current theoretical developments.


8) To facilitate an active interest in research-based practice which is consistent with psychotherapeutic methods.


9) To understand bidding/funding applications and how to action them for innovative projects.


10) To facilitate a commitment to continuing professional development.


Learning Objectives

1) To provide a thorough understanding of the role of the child psychotherapist, and a working knowledge of the structure and function of the child and adolescent mental health services within the NHS.


2) To gain experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team, working co-operatively with colleagues from other clinical disciplines, from non- clinical fields and communicating effectively with a wide range of allied professionals.


3) To be familiar with the legal framework affecting children and young people, including child protection concerns and legislation related to children's legal status and to know how to action help quickly when relevant.


4) To take responsibility for all aspects of day-to-day work with patients, including clinical record keeping, and correspondence with relevant professionals, and knowing when to seek supervision and/or a psychiatric opinion.


5) To enable students to work with a wide range of difficulties encountered by children and young people across the age and ability range and to work with parents and/or the professional network.


6) To be able to integrate psychoanalytic theory and practice and to be aware of the different theoretical orientations of other professionals with their teams.


7) To develop skills of observing, recording and presenting clinical material and making use of supervision.


8) To recognise and reflect on the impact of working with disturbed and distressed patients on themselves and the child's network and to understand the relationship between personal analysis and clinical work.