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MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families

University of Roehampton

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Roehampton

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    SEP-22

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Overview

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 leading research.   

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.

Career Options

You who will be able to work with child and adolescent clients one-to-one, in a variety of settings including primary and secondary schools, children’s hospitals and children’s and adolescent’s mental health (CAMHS).

Application deadline

28 September 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Roehampton

  • University League Table

    79th

  • Campus address

    University of Roehampton, Erasmus House, Roehampton Lane, Wandsworth, SW15 5PU, England

Roehampton has a friendly international community made up of students from over 140 countries.
The university offers a range of generous scholarships aimed at international students, worth up to £4,000 a year.
A range of pre-sessional English courses are offered, and dedicated support for international students throughout their studies

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    86th out of 118 18

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    101 49%

    103rd

    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    40.0 40%

    103rd

    46
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.95 79%

    71st

    3

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