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MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families

MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families

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Part time


3 years

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Child / Youth Counselling Psychotherapy

Course type


Course Summary


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).


This module continues the focus on child development and observational skills begun in Observation Studies 1.?This module focuses on child development and will provide students with the ability to consider the needs of children and young people in relation to their social, cognitive, emotional, physical and psychosexual development.

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Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements: Professional Qualification: Applicants hold a relevant professional qualification relating to working with children. These include: 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 AND 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).

University information

Located in South-West London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The university has a long history dating back over 180 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more