Forensic Practice with Children and Young People
This course is subject to validation by Middlesex University. 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.
- Martin Butwell
PhD, Mphil, MA
Visiting tutors - Weekend Seminars and Workshops
- Cecilie Sweeny
- Michael Ferriter
PhD, Mphil, MA
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.
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.
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: Friday to Monday from 10am to 5pm on the following dates:
Module 1 - Friday 16th to Monday 19th February 2018
Module 2 - Friday 20th to Monday 23rd April 2018
Module 3 - Friday 13th to Monday 16th July 2018
Module 4 - Friday 14th to Monday 17th September 2018
Module 5 - Friday 16th to Monday 19th November 2018
Module 6 - Friday 15th to Monday 18th February 2019
Module 7 - Friday 19th to Monday 22nd April 2019
Module 8 - Friday 12th to Monday 15th July 2019
Module 9 - Friday 13th to Monday 16th September 2019
Module 10 - Friday 15th to Monday 18th November 2019
Course Fees for 2018/2019
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 ten months)
Three instalments (at the beginning of each term)
Payment in full (discount of £55 will be applied if paying in full at the start of the course)
Total cost per year: £4,006.00 (£3,950 if paid in full at start)
£3,506.00 payable by instalments
Twelve monthly instalments: £292.17
or three instalments by term: £1,168.67
Annual Middlesex University Membership fee – £695 - this was the amount set in 2017 and is subject to review annually
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 www.direct.gov.uk/adultlearning 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 www.britishcouncil.org
for information on grants and scholarships.