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    Part time: 2 years

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    03 January 2019

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This Recruit to Train Postgraduate Diploma, a Department of Health initiative, provides specialist post-qualification training for Child and Adolescent (CAMHS) workers within the CYP IAPT model, focusing on the clinical areas of child mental health: anxiety, depression and conduct disorder.

About this degree

Students will gain a critical understanding of the CYP IAPT model of service change, outcome monitoring, and fundamentals of evidence-based psychological therapies to common mental health problems in childhood and adolescence (anxiety, depression, and conduct problems). At UCL, they will develop skills in Autism Spectrum Disorder/Learning Disabilities (ASD/LD) Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A) or Under 5’s, depending on their module choice.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

The programme consists of a compulsory Core Skills module (60 credits) and an optional module, where students will study their speciality (i.e. ASD/LD, IPT-A or Under 5s) (60 credits).

Compulsory modules

  • CYP IAPT: Model and Basic Skills

Specialist modules

  • Select either CYP IAPT: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Learning Disabilities
  • Or CYP IAPT: Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents
  • Or CYP IAPT: Under 5’s


Not applicable.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and is part of a collaborative teaching process with Kings College London. It is taught by leading practitioners in the field, with learning being a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical practice with on-going cases, and clinical supervision groups. Assessment is through essays, log book, case studies, oral presentations and reflective analysis.

Further information on modules and programme structure is available on the department website: Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy PG Dip

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.


This is a Recruit to Train programme, where places on are funded by the new recruit’s Trust. For further details, contact the Anna Freud Centre, or visit the CYP IAPT website at https://cypiapt.com/

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


CAMHS professionals will be well placed to become skilled and creative independent practitioners of their chosen speciality.


Recent career destinations for this course include:

  • Clinical Physiologist, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Brandon Centre
  • Community Mental Health Nurse, North East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Family and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme is based and taught at the Anna Freud Centre, a national charity with a worldwide reputation.

It is a centre of practice, research and learning, which offers treatment for distressed children and support and advice for parents, trains mental health professionals to understand children's emotional development, and carries out pioneering research into effective ways to help young people suffering emotional distress.

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme is aimed at candidates who have an appropriate educational background, and preferably some experience with CAMHS, who wish to develop their skills for children and young people. However, each NHS Partnership will have individual person specificationsdepending on their needs.

Application deadlines

For closing dates please contact 

The application to the CYP-IAPT programme is not an ordinary application process. Partnerships have a preliminary stage where they bid to become part of the London Child IAPT collaborative, after which they advertise a job vacancy. Applicants are then put forward by the partnerships and a collaborative process in selecting the new recruits/students is performed between the teaching staff and the NHS Partnership.

For more information about the UCL application, please see our Applications page.

For more information about applying for the corresponding job, please see the NHS Jobs Website, or check the CYP IAPT Website for information.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn: 

  • why you want to study CYP IAPT Therapy at graduate level
  • why you want to study CYP IAPT Therapy at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Visit the Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy PG Dip page on the University College London website for more details!