University of Roehampton

Degree level: Postgraduate

Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families (Taught)

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Course summary

Why this course?

  • Optional work placement whilst studying through our partnership with the School of Education.
  • Our approach incorporates aspects of theory and practice from three main therapeutic traditions; person-centred, attachment-based and psychodynamic.
  • Top ten in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (PTES 2022, 2023).
  • Jointly recognised as the best modern university in the country, and the best modern university in London for research excellence. (REF 2021). 77% of our research is ranked ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2021).
About this course Train in counselling and psychotherapy and become eligible for individual practitioner registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, working with children and adolescents. You will 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 three year part-time postgraduate degree includes an infant observation in the first year. Based on the Tavistock model of child observation where the primary focus is on the experientially developing your capacity to become a receptive observer, you will be expected to complete twenty hours of observation. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the role of play in child development and as a therapeutic metaphor in order to develop an understanding of the child-centred theory and non-directive Play Therapy skills through which to engage with a child, to develop a therapeutic relationship and to help the child to make sense of difficult life experiences. In year two, you will focus on working with primary school age children and will focus on a non-directive play-based therapy approach. In year three, you will see a change in focus to an integrative approach in working with adolescents, together with an introduction to cognitive-behavioural therapy and a research project.  Skills This 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. 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. Career opportunities You 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
  • Children’s and adolescent’s mental health (CAMHS).

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Entry requirements

1a) 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 2) 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). AND 3) Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure: Applicants must present an appropriately clear and up-to-date Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) (formally CRB) check prior to starting the Masters programme. All applicants must successfully complete an interview with academic staff.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6510 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6510 Year 1
Scotland £6510 Year 1
Wales £6510 Year 1
EU £13912 Year 1
International £13912 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families at University of Roehampton - UCAS