Duration: (On completion of Diploma in Child Counselling) 1 further year
Approximately twice a month (Tuesdays).

When: Starts October 2024

Cost: Please view all of our training courses and fees

Eligible to apply for UKCP Registration


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After completion of 450 supervised client hours (150 of which must be post-qualification) eligible to apply for Registration with the UKCP.


Overview of the Course


The course offers cutting edge and inspiring theory and practice. It adopts an integrative approach, drawing on some of the most fascinating neuroscientific and psychotherapeutic theory including attachment theory, object relations theory and, in particular the work of Freud, Winnicott, Bowlby, Perls and Berne. The Diploma in Child Psychotherapeutic Counselling offers a wealth of clinical techniques and research methods to develop a meaningful dialogue with a child in ways which promote emotional health.


Philosophy and Objectives

The training aims to enable trainees to bring about therapeutic change with troubled children and work effectively with their experiences of trauma, loss and attachment difficulties. Theory, technique and clinical skills are taught to provide the trainee with the wherewithal to change brain as well as mind. In essence this means therapeutic conversation that will enable the child to establish good stress regulatory pathways in the brain and the development of a more sophisticated frontal lobe function. As a result children will be enabled to move from reacting impulsively under stress to reflecting, and benefitting profoundly from theory of mind. This is partly due to the fact that, in the context of the therapeutic relationship, reflection and mentalisation, have been modelled by the therapist,

Trainees will master skills in containment, self-regulation, finding the child’s meaning, and how to stay with deep feelings, rather than reacting too quickly to what is happening in the therapeutic relationship, by being judgemental, blaming or inferring meaning.

All clinical skills taught on the course are underpinned with an in-depth and advanced understanding of child and adolescent developmental theory, child psychiatry, knowledge of relevant medication, safeguarding and child protection policies, legal and ethical issues. In short, we offer this advanced counselling training where the relationship offered by the psychotherapeutic counsellor will enable the child to move from a life affected by mental health problems and/or troubled relationships to developing the capacity for deeply fulfilling relationships, and to know a far warmer kinder inner world.


Overview of the Course

  • Additional year to become a Child Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and gain UKCP registration
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Viva
  • Supervised Placements working towards 200 hours (incl. those accrued on the Diploma in Child Counselling)
  • Furthering of theoretical and practical counselling methods



Please note graduation from one level of training to the next is not automatic.  Students may on occasion not be successful to progress and some may be asked to take time out for more personal work. Please note most students are successful in progression due to the rigorous interview process for entry onto the course.

Changes to the curriculum, teaching staff, assignments on our courses
IATE reserves the right to make adjustments to the above due to unforeseen circumstances. 
The quality of the training will not in any way be compromised in doing so.


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