Therapeutic Work with Children and Adolescents Cert

Therapeutic Work with Children and Adolescents Cert

This course aims to provide a therapeutic base for professionals who are working with children and adolescents. It will provide both the strategies and the underpinning theory for working with children and adolescents appealing to all professionals in this sector, e.g. teachers, counsellors, nursery nurses, social workers, youth workers etc. The course supports employability and career development in these fields. The theory will include developmental trauma, attachment theory and the theoretical background to therapeutic play as well as an opportunity to practice skills in therapeutic play and other appropriate interventions. The course is suitable for CPD and carries 20 credits at the postgraduate level in Counselling/Psychotherapy and other areas.

The course runs under a blended learning format: in place of physical on-site attendance on two of the four days, students will engage in student-centred reading/learning activities plus active participation in an online discussions forum and workshops. At least one of these online workshops will be synchronous, that is, on a specified day/time, over 2 hours in the evening, delivered via a virtual learning environment.  The remaining two days will be delivered on-site 9am-5pm and will involve incorporating the theoretical approaches explored in the online sessions into a practical, skills-based model, working alongside other participants.

There are two assignments: an essay and a case study or a critique of a relevant research paper. 

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

24 taught hours over one semester: four months including assessments


School of Nursing

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

Semester 3: June/July 2019

Entry Requirements:

First Degree in a related field and/or a Graduate Diploma in Counselling or equivalent. Fluent oral and written English required.

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2019/20 | 2020/21.

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The module is part-time, delivered via blended learning (ie, online/on-site) and so is particularly suited to those in employment. It carries twenty credits at Level 7, which can contribute to further study at Level 7. It covers:

- Child and adolescent development, including attachment theory and developmental trauma.
- The theoretical background to therapeutic play and practical methods of working with children and adolescents including skills work.
- Safeguarding, legal and ethical issues involved in working with children and adolescents.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

A diverse range of learning and teaching strategies will be used including seminars, group discussion, case studies and case discussion experiential exercises, lectures. The experiential exercises will follow Kolb's Learning cycle.

A negotiated essay on a related topic. A case study or critique of a research paper.

Academic Expertise

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Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

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Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

You can apply for this course via our Online Application System

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