MSc Child and Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills
This course is designed for students who wish to gain specialist training and a Middlesex University Masters qualification in counselling & psychotherapy for teenagers and children under 18.
Exploring creative media such as art, sand-play, therapeutic storytelling, drama, music and other approaches, this course places significant emphasis on experiential learning and the acquisition of key skills for work with young clients. It draws on established and current theory in counselling and psychotherapy, up-to-date approaches in child and adolescent mental health, lifespan development, family systems and trauma.
Who Is This Course For?
The MSc. Child & Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills is a comprehensive professional training course, focused on working therapeutically with young people. The course is validated by Middlesex University and designed to supplement trainees' existing qualifications and is not a stand-alone counselling qualification. Applicants include teachers, social care workers and adult counsellors, all of whom seek to deepen or extend their current skills to facilitate therapeutic work with young people up to the age of 18 years.
What Are The Benefits Of Doing This Course?
You will develop a sound understanding of the nature of child and adolescent issues, which will in turn guide and direct the application of appropriate interventions. Completion of the MSc. Child & Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills will leave you with a high level of competence and confidence in your therapeutic work with children. You will also cultivate an enhanced sensitivity to the experience of childhood, and the many developmental strengths and difficulties with which young people are constantly engaging.
What Will You Learn?
The training consists of two broad strands, which are first, the presentation of counselling theories relevant to young people, and secondly, a mastery of a strong practical experiential component. The course includes training in play therapy and creative methods such as sand therapy and art therapy. Appropriate talk therapy methods are also learned, with particular relevance to adolescence. Child development, both typical and atypical is addressed and the final component is a case study and dissertation. The dissertation is supported throughout by individual supervisors. Clinical work with young people is also supervised and supported by personal therapy.