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MA in Forensic Practice with Children and Young People

Welcome to Terapia’s training in Forensic Practice with Children and  Young People. Our programme is unique in that it combines the study of criminogenic processes and child developmental theories in conjunction with risk assessment, evidence based practice, assessment and treatment planning and working as an expert witness in court. These will be linked to psychological and psychotherapeutic models such as attachment theory and current neuroscience theories about the development of dissocial behaviour. It is a training that is applicable to those working with adolescents and children. The modules are focused on:

  1. Processes that influence the development of antisocial and criminal behaviour;
  2. The assessment of such behaviour;
  3. Evidence base for treatment interventions;
  4. Evidence based practice
  5. Working in court;
  6. Risk assessment and management.

All the learning on the course is via self- directed and small group investigations through to whole group processing theory via a range of experiential methods and creative techniques.

The training is open to practitioners with practical experience working with child and adolescent clients. We welcome qualified psychotherapists, counsellors and members of caring professions, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and youth offending and probation service practitioners.

We endeavour to provide a training opportunity to the highest professional standards. The course addresses professional, ethical and legal dilemmas specific to the child and young people in the fields listed above.


Teaching staff

  • Core staff:Martin Butwell                          MPhil, MSc, BAMichael Ferriter                       PhD, Mphil, MASimon Gibbon                           MBBS, MRCPsychCecilie Sweeny                          MA, HPCPTracey Cockerton                     PhD, MA Ch.Psych, UKCPSheila Leighton                         BA, PgDipl SWCaroline Walker                       MA, Ch. Psych, UKCP


  • Subjects taught on the course: theoretical and experiential training

    Criminological theories of child and adolescent antisocial and criminal behaviour - theoretical underpinnings of process, social roles and developmental models as applied to working with these groups.;

    Theories of intervention and research as adapted from play therapy, attachment theory and neuroscience, forensic psychiatry and psychology;

    Use of experiential methods to understand how theories relate to working with challenging young people;

    Use of creative materials to facilitate assessments of need and identifying appropriate interventions;

    Assessment methods in working with children and young people;

    Ethical dilemmas in psychotherapeutic work with vulnerable client groups such as children, adolescents;

    Boundaries and line management issues related to working with this group of young people;

    Child psychotherapists in court - court appearances and court reports;

    Current legislation relating to therapeutic work with children and young people;

    Safeguarding children/child protection issues;

    Risk management of both clients and the wider community;

    Working with young people from different cultures.


Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Candidates need to fulfil the following entry requirements:

Previous training in a field related to psychotherapy, counselling psychology, psychiatry, coaching, teaching, youth or social work;

Above training was taken at the minimum of Diploma level;

Minimum of three years of post-qualifying experience equivalent to 800 practice hours in their relevant discipline;

Ability to undergo training at a postgraduate level of competence;

Evidence of experience of professional involvement with children or adolescents in a caring capacity;

Clear Enhanced DBS Check.

Training Requirements

100% attendance of the course;

A minimum of 25 hours of practice with children or young people or

25 hours of group work conducted with other professional groups who work with children and young people;

Submission of:  four essays of four thousand words showing integration of theories and techniques and how these are applied to case material;

Submission of one court report;

Submission of MA dissertation proposal;

Written MA dissertation – 16 thousand words

Evidence of reflection on course by keeping an experiential journal throughout the course.



The course takes place over ten four-day blocks from Friday to Monday from 10am to 5pm.  The following dates are provisional and will be confirmed soon:

Year 1

13 to 16 September 2019
8 to 11 November 2019
7 to 10 February 2020
24 to 27 April 2020
12 to 15 June 2020

Year 2
11 to 14 September 2020
6 to 9 November 2020
final dates yet tbc



Course Fees

Terapia is a Registered Charity (charity number 1144041) and as such does not profit from the course fees. We make every effort to ensure that the fees correspond to the training cost.

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 (small discount will be applied if paying in full at the start of each year)

Year 1

Total cost for year £ 4890.00
Deposit £ 550.00
£ 4340.00 £ 4,280.00 if paid in full at start
Twelve instalments by month £ 361.67
Three instalments by term £ 1446.07

Year 2

Total cost for year £ 4890 £ 4,830.00 if paid in full at start
(no deposit required in second year)
Twelve instalments by month £ 407.50
Three instalments by term £ 1630.00

Additional Costs:
Dissertation                                                                                                    £ 850.00
Dissertation re-submission                                                                         £ 650.00
Middlesex University  fee                                                                           £ 784.00

The fee is set by Middlesex University and is reviewed by the University each year in September and is therefore subject to change. The fee for 2021 is £ 784; the fee for 2022 may be higher.  This fee is payable in both the first and second years of this course.

Total course fees for the MA in Forensic Practice with Children and Young People (2 years):                           £ 11,348 *

* subject to change dependent on Middlesex University Fee

Interview fee:                                                £ 60

Fees include all charges for the course materials, art materials and assessments of written assignments.   Additional supervision sessions (if required), individual meetings with tutors (if required) are not included in the above fees.  In the event of a change in a student’s personal circumstances resulting in difficulty in meeting the financial obligation of the course, she/he should contact the Course Director as soon as possible so that a mutually appropriate solution can be sought.

Late fees will incur interest.

If a student decides to withdraw from the training part way through the year, the full fees for that year are payable. If a student has been asked to withdraw from the training, the fees up to and including that term are payable.



For information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit or contact  0800 100 900.

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 role. Terapia will assist and support students wishing to make such applications.

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


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