The Wellbeing Faculty at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education
Overview of the Courses in Wellbeing
There are currently three distinctive courses delivering a unique educational opportunity to train in multi-disciplinary approaches to wellbeing for children and young people sharing influence from youth work, social work, mental health, therapy and education.
The part-time curriculum develops over three years informing through therapeutic theory, philosophy and practise, training and educating students to become qualified and competent practitioners in creative and relational approaches to wellbeing. Students work in placements with individual children and young people as well as groups, families and organisations depending on their own skills as well as the potential and limits of their competence. This can include: mentoring, key working and creative group work. Placements can incorporate sports, arts, leisure, communications technology and complementary health in promoting personal, social and emotional development.
Outcomes of wellbing practice can include the development of self-confidence, self-esteem, self-awareness, emotional literacy, communication skills, resilience and recovery.
Whilst each year offers a stand-alone course and its own exit award, the curriculum develops over three years, training and educating students to become qualified and competent practitioners in creative and relational approaches to wellbeing
Curriculum content across the three years of training includes:
The Team Around the Child
The Impact of Trauma, Abuse and Neglect
Behaviours as Communication
Mindfulness and the role of self-awareness
Family Systems Theory
Affective NeurosciencePsychoanalysis, Analytical Psychology and the Unconscious
Cognitive and Behavioural Approaches to Wellbeing
Humanistic, Process-oriented and Archetypal Perspectives
Imagination, Vision and Human Potential
Image, Symbol and Metaphor in Psychology
Life Story Work
Professional Ethics and Conduct
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Multiple Formulations of Wellbeing and Mental Health
Advocacy and Early Intervention
Key Concepts for Relational Practice
Intercultural Issues and Working with Difference
Equal Opportunities, Inclusivity and Diversity
Facilitating Integrated Multi-agency Practice
The Common Assessment Framework / Early Intervention Planning
1. Certificate in Therapeutic Communication Skills for Children and Young People (Wellbeing)
Duration: 18 days starting September 2017
2. Diploma in Multi-Disciplinary Wellbeing Practice with Children and
Duration: 18 weekend days starting October weekend days and some Fridays
3. Professional Diploma in Community Wellbeing Practice for Children and Young People (practitioner status)
Duration: 18 weekend days starting October weekend days and some Fridays
(All Exit awards, subject to validation with University of East London)
Fees: £3,500 each year (can be paid in monthly instalments) University route will incur a further registration fee.
What are Wellbeing Practitioners and what do they do?
Wellbeing Practitioners enhance the wellbeing and nurture the potential of children and young people through promoting creativity and emotional literacy, health and wellbeing in a variety of settings. For many children it is the Wellbeing Practitioner who completely changes the direction of their lives, enabling them to thrive. Wellbeing Practitioners train in multi-disciplinary approaches to wellbeing, sharing influence from youth work, social work, mental health, therapy and education.
There are increasing opportunities for Wellbeing Practitioners in schools and other settings. (See The Nuffield Health 2020 Report entitled Head of Wellbeing: An essential post of secondary schools.) There is a Campaign to have a Head of Wellbeing in every school in the UK
Employment prospects are far reaching as the approaches can be adapted and applied to any context and client group. There is increasing recognition of the need to promote wellbeing and the successful outcomes of multi-disciplinary approaches in practice. Becoming a Wellbeing Practitioner for children and young people has tremendous scope for personal, professional and career development and is an inspiring path to take in life.
Students work in placements with individual children and young people as well as groups, families and organisations depending on their own skills as well as their potential and competencies. This can include: mentoring, key working and creative group work. Placements can incorporate sports, arts, leisure, communications technology and complementary health in promoting personal, social and emotional development.
All students are required to attend Reflective Practice with a qualified and appropriately registered psychotherapist. This includes a minimum of five sessions a term and fifteen in total each year. Applicants are referred at the point of application and induction.
Teaching Team in the Wellbeing Faculty at IATE
The Faculty Members offer a wide range of relevant experience from relevant professional backgrounds and are wellbeing practitioners, creative group facilitators, mental health professionals, psychotherapists, child, adolescent and family psychotherapists, therapeutic counsellors, youth workers and social workers who are committed to supporting the students personal development as well as quality and standards in practice.
Tutors include: Jocelyne Quennell, Lizzie Smosarski, Jessica Spenceley, Cassie Oakeshott, Lorna Bent, Isabelle Rodker, Christina Enright, Dannyella Glasgow, Chris Hadfield, Alan Turkie, Louis Sydney, Catherine O’Neil, Lynda Miller, Sarah Bennett, Tina Leslie, Vaughan Titheridge, Alex Zika, Sophia Condaris, Jessica Skelton, Sheetal Amin and Odelia Aslan
Visiting lecturers include some of the leading practitioners, researchers and writers in their respective fields of practice. Contributors have included: Professor Phil Jones, Professor Stephen Clift, Dr Michelle Lefevre, Dr Emma Godfrey, Dr Suman Fernando, Dr Jane Herd, Sam Hunter, Julia Whittle, Louise Bomber, Graham Music, Frank Lowe, Nawal Assous and David Taransaud.
Course Director - Jocelyne Quennell was former Principal of the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and has been working as an educator in the field for over twenty-five years. She is a UKCP registered Supervisor and psychotherapist with a wealth of experience in health, education and social care with adults, children and families in statutory, independent and charity sectors.
We have a widening access policy and so train people from a wide range of backgrounds and experience to develop and enhance the range, quality and scope of service delivery and provision for children and young people. Students include: grandparents, mothers, fathers and young people; those who have had no educational success in their past as well as people who have a PhD. Graduates have included those who are qualified professionals as well as people who want to start a career working with children and young people who have no previous experience.
We are looking for the personal qualities and motivations that could make a difference to the lives of children and young people including: passionate about the health, welfare and emotional wellbeing of children and young people, compassionate presence, the capacity to play, the willingness to work flexibly in complex situations and communicate effectively with others as a competent advocate, being reliable, dependable, sensitive and robust, being a safe and effective role model, commitment to professional ethics and conduct.
Please note: Year One If students do not have relevant educational experience at A’ level they will also be required to attend another module 4 which is a learning support module (level 3).
Assessment of prior learning
All students are eligible to apply for assessment of prior learning if their previous qualifications, training and experience have covered relevant areas of the curriculum.
Specifically we welcome successful graduates of the IATE Diploma (Level one) who are able to apply for the year two Intermediate Diploma or qualified Integrative or Child Psychotherapists who can also apply to access the year three Diploma in Wellbeing Practice.
On the Open Day students will be given an introduction to the courses, their philosophy and values, an experiential workshop to explore the teaching and learning styles and approach, as well as an interview and induction with placement assessment.