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MA Conversion

The MA Conversion Course at Terapia provides psychotherapy and counselling practitioners with an opportunity to supplement their previous trainings and clinical experience and to obtain registration as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist.



Core Staff:

  • Alix Hearn
    BA (Hons), MA Child Psych, UKCP
  • Andrea Katz
    Dipl Psych, BA (Hons) UKCP
  • Bozena Merrick
    MA C. Psych (Eqv), Dipl. Psych Supvn, Adv Psych, UKCP, BACP
  • Dr Martin Newman
    MB, ChB, MRCPsych
  • Alex Noble
    Dip.Couns., AdDipPsych, UKCP, MBACP
  • Helen Abrahamson
    MA Child Psych, Dipl. Psych Supvn, UKCP



The Conversion Course is validated by Middlesex University and offers MA in Integrative Child  and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling. (210 Credits)

Terapia is also accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Upon successful completion of the Conversion Course students are eligible for Registration with UKCP as Child Psychotherapists


Entry Requirements

1. UKCP training in Adult Psychotherapy or:

2. Other training in Adult Psychotherapy which was equivalent to UKCP training standards and the following requirements were met:

minimum of three year duration course

personal therapy requirement throughout the course

minimum of 450 client hours requirement

other than UKCP professional body/university recognition

3. Evidence of experience of professional or personal involvement with children or   adolescents in caring capacity

4. Personal qualities and aptitude to work with vulnerable children

5. Clear Enhanced DBS Check

There will be an individual assessment of candidate’s prior training in order to establish the candidate’s individual training needs




The Conversion Course is spread over two years. It consists of two parts:

Core Training

Individual Course

Core Training

The Core training takes place twice a month on Wednesdays from 10 am until 5.15 pm. There are 18 Wednesday meetings per year covering the following:

Child Development from Integrative Perspective

Child Psychiatry and Child Mental Health

Court Report and Expert Witness Skills

Clinical Supervision

Mother & Baby and Toddler Observation

Individual Course

Each student chooses modules he/she needs to attend in order to meet Terapia training outcomes. There are 28 weekend workshops and evening seminars to choose from; details are available from Terapia’s office.



Course fees include all charges for the tutorials, course materials, art materials, weekly group supervision and assessments of written assignments.

An initial deposit (non-refundable) will be required to secure your place on the course, after which you have the following options of paying the remaining fees:

  • Monthly standing order (over 12 months)
  • Three instalments (at the beginning of each term)
  • Payment in full (discount of £60 will be applied if paying in full at the start of the course)


First Year 2021

Deposit:                                                  £    550.00

Monthly instalments:                          £    295.00

Or 3 instalments (by Term):               £ 1,180.00
one instalment including discount    £ 3,480.00

Total cost:                                               £4,090.00

Second Year 2022

No deposit required

Monthly payments:                              £    349.17

Payments per Academic Term:          £ 1,396.67

Total cost:                                               £ 4,130.00

Mini Viva Examination                   £ 180 if taken in 2020
Viva Examination                             £ 380 if taken in 2020
Dissertation                                       £ 850 if submitted in 2020
Dissertation re-submission             £ 650


Annual Middlesex University fee - The fee set for 2021 is £ 784.00 and is reviewed by the University each year in September and therefore the fee for 2022 may be higher.



Late fees will incur interest charges.

In the event of student’s change of personal circumstances resulting in difficulty in meeting financial obligation she/he should contact the course Director as soon as possible so that a mutually appropriate solution can be sought.

Due to the nature and the structure of the MA/Conversion Course (five students per training group only) the candidates are required to financially commit to the two years of the course. If a student withdraws from the course the fees are payable for the whole course.

If a student has been asked to withdraw from the training the fees payable are up to and including that term.

Terapia has made every effort to ensure that the fees correspond with the training cost. However, Terapia reserves the right to change the fees.



Students who currently work with children or young people may choose to approach their employer to fund or part-fund the training, particularly if the skills acquired will directly contribute to their current job. Terapia will assist and support students wishing to make such applications.

International students can contact The British Council at for information on grants and scholarships.


Apply for this course

Have you previously trained in counselling or psychotherapy?


Have you had any personal therapy/counselling in the past?


Please give dates:

Please state your reasons for applying for the course.

Please elaborate thoroughly as your personal statement is an important part of our shortlisting criteria and provide between one and two pages of A4 text.

How did you learn about us?


Do you have any previous convictions related to child offences?

Equal Opportunities

Terapia is committed to promoting equal opportunities as a training organisation and as an employer. As part of our commitment to transparent, objective and fair procedures, we ask all our applicants to fill in the Equal Opportunities section.

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