Making a difference to the lives of children and young people is the aim of all courses in the Wellbeing Faculty. The full portfolio of training includes ten modules over eleven terms. This includes three distinctive university validated awards delivered over three years / nine terms with an added module ten over two terms which enables the award of the final Diploma Child Therapeutic Counselling.
The training shares influence from youth work, social work, mental health, therapy and education, supporting students to work therapeutically through creative and relational approaches to wellbeing. The courses are humanistic and integrative in their approach to child mental health and emotional wellbeing. www.wellbeingeducation.org
Course One: Certificate in Therapeutic Communication Skills for Children and Young People (Level 4)
This course introduces students to principles of professional practice, applied therapeutic thinking, creative and relational therapeutic counselling skills. It introduces students to adversity and trauma-informed perspectives, attachment and child development, safeguarding, play based methodologies and the importance of research. Students are introduced to inter-disciplinary perspectives, humanistic therapeutic philosophy and values as they develop their knowledge and understanding in familiarisation placements. This course runs on nine weekends over three terms over a period of one year and is the foundation course for the rest of the therapeutic training.
Course Content Includes:
- Holistic Approaches to the Child in Context
- Applied Therapeutic Thinking
- Creative and Relational Therapeutic Counselling Skills
More information: www.wellbeingeducation.org/course-1
Course Two: Diploma in Wellbeing Practice for Children and Young People (Level 5)
This course introduces students to multi-disciplinary approaches to safeguarding, child development and wellbeing emphasising the role of creativity and imagination in building wellbeing capcaities in professional placements. This helps children to build self-confidence, self-esteem and emotional regulation as well as developing a coherent narrative, sense of identity and belonging, resilience and recovery include therapeutic counselling, mentoring, key-working and creative group work. This includes six days per term over one year. Child therapeutic wellbeing practitioners are trained to identify needs in conjunction with other allied health and social care professionals working in accordance with professional codes of ethics, conduct and practice guidance.
Course Content Includes:
- Safeguarding Child Development and Wellbeing
- Multi-disciplinary Perspectives
- Creativity, Human Potential and Wellbeing
- Child Therapeutic Counselling
- Chiild Therapeutic Mentoring
- Child Therapeutic Key Working
- Child Therapeutic Creative Group Work
More information: www.wellbeingeducation.org/course-2
Course Three: Diploma in Community Wellbeing for Children, Young People, Families and Organisations (Level 6)
This builds on and develops the curriculum from course one and two, strengthening and consolidating the relationship between knowledge and experience, theory and practice. This includes case studies in child therapeutic counselling and community wellbeing projects designed, managed and evaluated by students in placements. This course is delivered over nine weekends including six days per term over three terms. Child therapeutic wellbeing practitioners can enable organisations and communities to become more trauma-informed inspiring cultural and systemic change to promote enhanced meaningful relationships with parents, carers, teachers and overall wellbeing.
Course Content Includes:
- Research and Evaluation
- Creative Approaches to Community Wellbeing
- Advanced Child Therapeutic Counselling Skills
More information: www.wellbeingeducation.org/course-3
Module Ten: Diploma in Child Therapeutic Counselling
This is the final stage of the training and includes the consolidation of all the other areas covered across the curriculum in preparation for independent professional practice. This includes engaging with self-reflexivity through autoethnographic research journals and participating in presentations on social justice. This draws on the Watch on Wonder principles and influences originating from ‘babywatching’ and applies these to understanding the development of child mental health and wellbeing in context. Students explore throughout the course the impact of issues related to childism, discrimination, social exclusion, racism, neurodiversity, gender identities, sexuality and sexual orientation as well as diversity in religious and spiritual perspectives. Students can research their own lived experience applying professional and ethical standards in their approach.
All students are also required to complete a minimum of fifty hours of personal therapy which they can complete at any stage of the training.
Practitioners participate in placements in the contexts where children live learn and play to build on inner resources, support early intervention and promote capacities for wellbeing. These are in health, education, social care, statutory, charity sectors working to promote wellbeing through creative and relational approaches including:
- Participatory Arts
- Communications Technology
- Nature Allied
Placements can also be provided to work with individual children through child therapeutic counselling where there is privacy and a safe place to talk through complex issues and recover from painful life experiences to alleviate suffering.
These are inclusive of the full age range from 3-6 years, 6-9 years and 9-12 years.
Students also are required to complete a placement with young people 13 +
Supervision / Reflective Practice
Students attend regular supervision / reflective practice in accordance with the ratio of children and young people, they work with and complete a minimum of fifteen sessions each year which is at least five supervision sessions each term.
Students are required to attend regular supervision/reflective practice for at least five sessions a term with a qualified and registered therapeutically trained professional and fifty sessions of therapy as part of their personal development and training.
Professional Standards in:
- Ethics, Professional Conduct and Practice Guidance
- Humanistic and Integrative Theory and Philosophy
- The Child in Context and Cultural Competence
- Key Concepts and Applied Therapeutic Thinking
- The Therapeutic and Wellbeing Relationship
- Child Development, Attachment and Affective Neuroscience
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
- Child Centred Creative Facilitation Skills and Practice
- The Language of the Child and their Participatory Voice
- Psychoeducation for Parents, Carers and Professionals
- Multi-disciplinary and Multi-agency Practice
- Reporting, Research, Evaluation and Data Protection
The staff team are committed to the principles of regulation and the course design has been informed the BACP Children and Young People’s Competency Framework and the Quality and Standards of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
All tutors are registered with the UKCP, BACP or Health and Care Professions Council.
The Wellbeing Faculty hosts regular Open Days to meet the staff team and to liaise further about professional opportunities for training and development in Therapeutic Wellbeing Practice. This can include Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning providing consultation for different pathways.
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