Course pathways for working with children, young people and families

Find out how studying our courses can help you along your chosen career path

If you work or wish to work with children, young people and families, we are sure to have the course for you. All our courses in this area draw on systemic, psychoanalytic and psychological theories to prepare you for working in what can be a demanding and emotional environment.

Our course pathways are a guide, and students join them at different points based on their experience. Progression to the next course level is not automatic and may require additional experience or learning.

Explore the pathways below by selecting your initial level of study

Pre-introductory course

Familiarise yourself with the concepts and topics around working with children, young people and families.

Introductory course

Our introductory courses are the perfect fit if you are just starting out with working with children, young people and families and wish to learn more.

Applied and pre-clinical courses

We have a variety of applied and pre-clinical courses covering systemic, psychological and psychoanalytic approaches.

Applied and pre-clinical systemic courses

Start with our foundation course on systemic approaches before moving onto our intermediate course.

Applied and pre-clinical psychological therapies

Explore the fundamental aspects of child, adolescent and family mental healthcare and practice, informed by psychodynamic, systemic and child development theories.

If you would like to progress onto a systemic learning path, your next step could be our intermediate systemic approach course

Applied and pre-clinical psychoanalytic courses

If you wish to progress onto our qualifying course M80 after studying Psychoanalytic studies (M16), you will also need to complete our course, Work discussion for graduates of psychoanalytic observational studies (CPD98).

Alternatively, our M7 observational courses offer both a certificate or diploma as a route you can take.

After studying for a certification on one of our M7 observational courses, if you wish to pursue a psychological therapy approach to your learning, you can also apply to our course, Psychological therapies with children, young people and families (M34).

Clinical and qualifying courses

We offer a range of clinical and qualifying courses covering systemic, psychological and psychoanalytic approaches.

Clinical and qualifying systemic courses

Extend your understanding of theoretical concepts in systemic psychotherapy, gain a professional qualification accredited by the Association of Family Therapy (AFT) and fully develop your clinical skills as a systemic family therapist.

Clinical and qualifying psychological therapies

Work therapeutically with children, young people and families or qualify as an educational psychologist.

Clinical and qualifying psychoanalytic courses

Qualify as a child and adolescent psychotherapist.

Post-qualification and research courses

Our post-qualification and doctoral courses.

Study our doctorate in advanced practice and research in systemic psychotherapy or obtain a qualification to become a supervisor.

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