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Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy - PGDip

Course Description

This new 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.

Degree information

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). They will develop skills in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) Parent training, Systemic Family Practice or Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents depending on their option choices.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits. The programme consists of a core module (60 credits) and optional modules (total value 60 credits). There is no dissertation/report assessment.

Core modules
-CYP IAPT: Model and Basic Skills

Optional modules
-Select either CYP IAPT: CBT for Anxiety Disorders and CYP IAPT: CBT for Depression
-CYP IAPT: Parent Training for Conduct Problems
-CYP IAPT: SFP Basic Skills and SFP Eating Disorders
-SFP for Depression and Self-harm and SFP for Conduct Disorder
-Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered at the Anna Freud Centre and King's College London, and is taught by leading practitioners in the field. Teaching is 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.


CAMHS professionals will be well placed to become skilled and creative independent practitioners of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for internalising disorders, Parent training for conduct problems, SFP for Eating Disorders or SFP for conduct and depression disorders or IPT-A Practitioners.

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.

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

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology) and/or a registerable professional qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. medicine, psychology, social work) from a UK university or overseas professional qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates without a degree, but with a minimum of three years professional experience in a CAMHS (or equivalent) setting together with a relevant professional qualification will also be considered.

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