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Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families MA

Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families MA

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Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Child / Youth Counselling Psychotherapy Children / Youth (Social Work) Psychology Specialisations

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 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 much needed 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.

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 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. This includes looking on how theories and empirical research concerning normal and atypical child development impact on our understanding of development and growth. The module focuses on aspects such as physical, sensory, psychomotor and cognitive development, as well as on mentalisation and theory of mind. In line with other models in this first year we also consider the importance of play in children?s development. Having established an understanding of development under typical conditions, the module then explores the effects of trauma and deprivation on children?s development. This includes current findings from epigenetic studies and the effect of trauma on attachment and the developing brain. The module also focuses on the development of the child within their family and cultural environment and explores how these can impact on growth and development.
Personal Development (Therapy) 1
Personal Development (Therapy) 2
Personal Development (Therapy) 3

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

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). Academic Learning: Applicants hold a good second-class honours degree (2.2 or above) in Psychology or related subject. 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). You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university.

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 history dating back over 175 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

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