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Postgraduate Award in Educational Studies: Introduction to Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Course Description

This is a 30-credit PAES (Postgraduate Award in Educational Studies) course aimed at adults working with young people and children, who want to begin to develop some counselling skills and knowledge.

Visit the website: http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/component/courses/?view=course&cid=15982

Who is the course designed for?

It is appropriate for those working directly with children and young people in education or other settings such as youth work, health, or social care. It is also the entry course for those wishing to pursue the Postgraduate Diploma or Master's courses in counselling which, together, constitute a nationally accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor programme.

Course detail

This course aims to explore counselling with children and adolescents and develop the skills and theoretical base for such work. Course members will be supported to use these skills in their own work setting during the course.


All participants are expected to attend regularly and to complete a related assignment to the satisfaction of the course tutor. The course takes an integrative approach, which means elements from different theories are brought together to make a coherent whole. There is an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and the relational processes involved in using counselling skills with children and young people.

Consideration is be given to specific areas including:

- counselling in schools and other settings;
- safeguarding and child protection;
- working with diversity;
- practical and ethical issues;
- working with parents and adults around the child;
- students' own work settings.

There is a focus on working therapeutically with the arts and with play. This includes practical sessions making and working with art images, sand tray work, as well as exploring the value of therapeutic story work. The course is taught through an active learning approach that centres on experiential work. Teaching also takes place through interactive workshops, mini lectures, group discussions, practice sessions with peer and tutor feedback, and student presentations.


- A presentation is given at the end of the course
- 1 x 4,000 word essay to support the final presentation

Students receive written comments on their assignments and informal feedback throughout the course (including through supervision).

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Sources of government funding and financial support (including Professional and Career Development Loans): https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance

Visit the Postgraduate Award in Educational Studies: Introduction to Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Expected academic standard:Applicants for this course will normally have achieved a UK 2.i honours degree or overseas equivalent.Language requirement:IELTS Academic: Overall band score of 7.5 (a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component)CAE: Grade ACPE: Grade A, B, or C

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