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MSc Child and Adolescent

Masters in Child & Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy

Counselling &

Psychotherapeutic Skills

This course is designed for students who wish to gain specialist training and a Middlesex University Masters qualification in counselling and psychotherapy for children, teenagers and young people under the age of 25. 

Exploring creative media such as art, sand-play, therapeutic storytelling, drama, music and other approaches, this course places significant emphasis on experiential learning and the acquisition of key skills for work with young clients. It draws on established and current theory in counselling and psychotherapy, up-to-date approaches in child and adolescent mental health, lifespan development, family systems and trauma.



The MSc. Child & Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills is a comprehensive professional training course, focused on working therapeutically with young people. The course is validated by Middlesex University and designed to supplement trainees’ existing qualifications and is not a stand-alone counselling qualification. Applicants include counsellors and psychotherapists who are accredited or are eligible for accreditation, with the IACP/IAHIP/BACP or equivalent, all of whom seek to deepen or extend their current skills to facilitate therapeutic work with young people up to the age of 25 years.



You will develop a sound understanding of the nature of child and adolescent issues, which will in turn guide and direct the application of appropriate interventions. Completion of the MSc. Child & Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills will leave you with a high level of competence and confidence in your therapeutic work with children. You will also cultivate an enhanced sensitivity to the experience of childhood, and the many developmental strengths and difficulties with which young people are constantly engaging.

Course Details

 The course will run only in Dublin West. More information here


Venue: 63 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 6SA 9


Duration: Two years, part-time. 


Start Dates:  October 2020

Please note that these are provisional start dates and may be subject to change



The course will take place on weekends (Saturday and Sunday, approx. 1 weekend per month from October to June) and the full provisional timetable will be available shortly.                        


Award: Middlesex University MSc Child & Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills

*This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.


Level: Level 7 FHEQ (Comparable to Level 9 NFQ)


Selection Process: There are a limited number of places available (18). The selection is based on application and interview.




The recruitment will take place as normal, however, due to the COVID19 situation, please be aware that if it is needed classes will be delivered online in compliance with further updates of the government.   


The classes will be delivered as live online lessons via Microsoft Teams, which is a platform built on Office 365. It is a secure platform and follows the compliance capabilities.



Interested in finding out more? You can contact us at +44 (0) 289 099 7852 or info@pcicollege.co.uk if you have more questions, and see the FAQs section below.


"Creative activities in therapy offer many benefits where verbal techniques fail to help an adolescent heal. Imagination and fantasy are the first adaptive coping strategies children have available to them, especially during the pre-school years. By using imagination children and adolescents can formulate a more appealing narrative for what has happened to them or divert themselves from it momentarily." 


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Each module is 30 hours in duration.  Modules are assessed by written and practical assignments.  

Postgraduate Certificate - Year 1 Modules: 60 credits (equivalent to 30 ECTS credits)


  • Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy / Therapeutic Play Skills
  • Family Therapy and Working with Parents
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Skills
  • Creative Therapies – Sand play and Therapeutic Storytelling

Postgraduate Diploma - Year 2 Modules: 60 credits (equivalent to 30 ECTS credits)


  • Theories – Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • The Effects of Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder on the Child and Adolescent
  • Child Development and Mental Health
  • Creative Therapies – Art, Clay, Music, Drama, Puppets


MSc Component: 60 credits (equivalent to 30 ECTS credits)

  • Case Study and Dissertation

Additional Course Requirements:

  • 100 hours of clinical placement/client work (25 hours must be completed before the end of Year 1)
  • Students are required to attend an external supervisor for a minimum of 20 hours of one-to-one supervision
  • 25 hours of Personal Therapy is a requirement for all students




Assessment: Written and practical assignments



The training consists of two broad strands. Firstly, the presentation of counselling theories relevant to young people, and secondly, a mastery of a strong practical experiential component. The course includes training in play therapy and creative methods such as sand therapy and art therapy. Appropriate talk therapy methods are also learned, with particular relevance to adolescence. Child development, both typical and atypical is addressed and the final component is a case study and dissertation. The dissertation is supported throughout by individual supervisors. Clinical work with young people is also supervised and supported by personal therapy


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