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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 psychology attachment theory and the theoretical back ground to play therapy. It is a course that is suitable for CPD and carries 20 credits at the postgraduate level in Counselling/Psychotherapy and other areas. Teaching and learning methods are diverse and include seminars, group discussions, experiential exercises, and lectures. There are two assignments an essay and a case study or a critique of a relevant research paper.


The module is part-time and so is particularly suited to those in employment. It is also a course that carries twenty credits at Level 7, which can contribute to further study at Level 7.

-Child and adolescent development, including attachment theory (Bowlby), Eriksson and other developmental psychologists

-The theoretical background to play therapy, including Melanie Klein and Carl Jung

-Methods of working with children and adolescents that stem from the theoretical frameworks

-Current research into this area

-Legal and ethical issues involved in working with children and adolescents


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.


We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Visit the Therapeutic Work with Children and Adolescents - Cert page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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