Certificate in Therapeutic Communication Skills for Children and Young People Course Details

Communication with Children

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IATE / UEL Certificate in Therapeutic Communication Skills
(Undergraduate Associate Certificate UEL)


This course introduces students to holistic approaches to the child in context, applied therapeutic thinking, creative and relational skills. Emphasising the importance of principles of professional practice, inter-disciplinary perspectives, multi-agency approaches, therapeutic theory and philosophy as well as relational play skills, this course runs on nine weekends over three terms in a period of one year.

Supervised reflective practice with an appropriately qualified and registered therapeutic professional is a key component throughout the duration of training.

Course Content

Holistic Approaches to the Child in Context


Holistic Approaches to the Child in Context introduces students to the basic core values of inter-disciplinary professional work with children and young people including: holistic child-centred philosophy, children’s rights, child protection and safeguarding, the therapeutic relationship, wellbeing capacities, ethics and conduct, anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice as well as sensitivity to working with difference, including: race and culture, gender, sexuality, disability, age and religion.

Applied Therapeutic Thinking ​

Applied Therapeutic Thinking introduces students to a range of therapeutic key concepts which can be applied to creative and relational communication with children and young people. This includes influence from attachment theory, child development, mentalization, mindfulness, compassion, family/systemic, psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioural, person-centred, humanistic and integrative perspectives.  Understanding the value and significance of creativity and play in child development and wellbeing including symbolic communication, creativity and self-expression for emotional regulation. 

Creative and Relational Skills

Creative and Relational Skills introduces students to the role of play in child development and the value of creativity in the fulfilment of human potential. It aims to support students to develop necessary therapeutic core competencies to enhance the quality of dialogue, communication and reflection with children and young people.  The role of the imagination as a primary resource for cognitive, social and emotional development is fundamental to this experiential approach to teaching and learning through a wide range of interactive media including drama, art, music, movement, sand-play, puppetry and poetry.

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"Journeying on this course was not only transformative professionally, as I explored and learned a new therapeutic awareness and an array of skills, but personally profoundly integral to my development and progress as a human being. Amazing support and tuition. Thank you"


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Overall Aims and Outcomes of the Course

The Certificate in Therapeutic Communication Skills for Working with Children and Young People:

  • Inspires students with the vision and imagination to make a difference to the lives of children and young people increasing their capacities for wellbeing 

  • Values originality and innovation in promoting creativity for individual and community wellbeing 

  • Informs students with the knowledge, experience and skills required for promoting child mental health and emotional wellbeing   

  • Educates students in holistic and child-centred, therapeutic philosophy and the values and principles of multi-disciplinary practice 

  • Provides students with core competencies required for working safely and effectively with children and young people

  • Enhances quality of creative and relational dialogue and contact in therapeutic communication with children and young people

  • Engages students with the creative process towards enabling and encouraging children and young people to fulfill their unique and individual human potential

  • ​​​Enables students to apply creative and relational skills for communicating with children and young people informed by cognitive, social and affective neuroscience

  • Encourages multi-disciplinary perspectives maintaining the participatory voices of children and young people in accordance with their rights and responsibilities

  • Underlines the importance of transparency and accountability in research-informed and evidence-based practice 

  • Promotes principles of professional practice and ethical standards for working with children and young people, including child protection and safeguarding

Criteria for Entry to IATE/UEL Certificate Course
  • A willingness to be informed by the course’s principles of professional practice.

  • A commitment to supporting children in managing the challenges and difficulties.

  • The ability to be a safe and effective role model for children and young people.

  • The capacity to be reliable, trustworthy, dependable and consistent in approach.

  • An ability to work flexibly in complex situations and changing contexts.

  • The capacity to work within an inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary team.

  • Good quality communication skills, empathy and the capacity to play.

  • A willingness to engage with children’s feelings and enter into their imaginative life.

  • An interest in promoting the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people.

  • A commitment to the creative potential of children and young people.

  • The capacity to be emotionally literate, sensitive, responsive and resilient.

If you are interested in one of our courses, then join us for a free open day and interview including presentations and workshops. This includes consultation on your personal and professional development needs as well as  possible placement opportunities.
Do join us. 

Next Open Day
Saturday 26th June 2021
10am to 4pm via Zoom

Join us at our next  open day

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IATE Diploma in Wellbeing Practice for Children and Young People (Undergraduate Associate Certificate UEL)


Community Orientated

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IATE Diploma in Community Wellbeing Practice for Children, Young People, Families and Organisations
(Undergraduate Associate Certificate UEL)


"Words cannot describe the huge, transformational journey this course has instigated in me.  My work has gone from strength to strength and am now more convinced in and confident to, apply the Arts therapeutically."


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Course Costs


Course fees for three distinct levels of training

Fees: £3,675 for each course

This includes a non-refundable deposit of £960

Payment installment options are available


Additional Costs Include: 

£350 registration fee for the University of East London

£250 per term Reflective Practice.

How to Apply

Open Day and Interview

Applicants can access a presentation with information about the courses and participate in workshops facilitated by the course leaders with other prospective students.


There will also be an opportunity for applicants to obtain consultation about their own interest in working with children and young people as well as personal and professional development needs.


These are held twice a year in the spring and autumn and can be accessed free of charge.