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Terapia is one of the leading training organisations in child and adolescent psychotherapy and counselling. We were created in response to the growing demand for highly qualified professionals to work creatively with children and teenagers, and who are equipped with a wide range of therapeutic tools. We are based at The Bothy, 17A East End Road, Finchley, London N3 3QE within the beautiful grounds of Stephens House & Gardens in Finchley, North London.

Terapia has been providing training courses in child and adolescent psychotherapy and counselling for almost two decades. We offer in-depth training in therapeutic work with children and young people from an integrative perspective and our training includes all major approaches to child and adolescent psychotherapy and counselling and covers all topics related to children’s mental health.

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Senior Mental Health Lead

This unique training course is designed specifically for school leaders and is aimed to help develop the knowledge and skills required for education settings to implement an effective whole school or college approach to positive mental health and wellbeing. The course is FREE for all participating schools after applying for Department for Education (DfE) funding.

Format: Online/In-Person


Introduction to Therapeutic Work with Children

This experiential workshop is designed to teach you to help children to deal with their difficult feelings and is intended to give participants an insight into psychotherapeutic work with children. This course is not a stand alone qualification in child counselling or psychotherapy.

Duration:  Four and a half days
Exit Qualification:  Terapia Certificate in Introduction to Therapeutic Work with Children

Year 1

Your first step to becoming a child and adolescent counsellor and psychotherapist, during Module 1 you will study the major theories in adult psychotherapy and explore a wide range of counselling skills and therapeutic tools. Completion of this year, or an equivalent elsewhere, is a pre-requisite to continuing to Year 2 of our MA programme.

Duration: One year part-time
Exit Qualification: Certificate in Adult Counselling (60 credits)

Years 2 & 3

Years 2 and 3 of the MA programme combine in-depth exploration of child development alongside the intensive training in counselling skills required to work with troubled and vulnerable children and young people. You will begin your clinical placements in this part of the training.

Duration: Two years part-time
Exit Qualification: Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Counselling (120 credits)

Years 4 & 5

In the final part of our MA programme, you will look at child mental health and child psychiatry in relation to complex mental health and development disorders, while also developing your advanced therapeutic skills. These modules promise to be demanding and enlightening in equal measures.

Duration: Two years part-time
Exit Qualification: MA in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling (210 credits)

MA Conversion Course

This two year programme has been created specifically for those with previous qualifications in adult counselling and psychotherapy to supplement their previous trainings and clinical experience to obtain qualification and registration as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Counsellor.

Duration: Two years part-time
Exit Qualification: MA in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling

Supervision Training

A unique course that combines process and developmental theories of supervision with models adapted from play therapy, attachment theory and neuroscience.

Duration: Delivered on a Thursday, for sixteen weeks, starting  November 2022 until June 2023
Exit Qualification: Diploma in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy and Counselling Supervision

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