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Diploma in Community Wellbeing for Young People, Families and Organisations Course Details

Community Orientated Advanced Child Therapeutic Counselling Practice

Course 3

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


Community wellbeing and organisational change can be enabled, enhanced and developed through mindful facilitation and trauma-informed care.  This course inspires innovation, creativity and co-production working collaboratively with children and young people, families and organisations to achieve their aims and goals.  Placements provide opportunities for action research, inquiry and evaluation in developing community wellbeing projects which draw upon creative leadership skills, vision and imagination, as well as the core competencies to plan, manage and appraise professional practice. This course is delivered on weekends over three terms in a one year period.

Module 10 consolidates the full training in therapeutic practice including child therapeutic counselling placements across the following age groups.

3-6 years

6-9 years

10-13 years

13+ years

Research methods, research informed and evidence-based practice are fundamental, including case formulation, case presentations, case study, and autoethnographic research journals.


The final stage of the training is delivered over five terms integrating personal development with creative process and professional practice.

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

Course Content

Research and Evaluation

Increasing awareness of the importance of research-informed and evidence-based practice, enables a rich culture of inquiry and accountability.  Introducing qualitative and quantitative research methods, critical analysis and case study as well as exposure to a range of outcome measurement tools.  Encouraging transparency and self-efficacy the approach recognises the importance of subjective wellbeing in the lived experience and participatory voices of children and young people.  

Creative Approaches to Community Wellbeing

Creative Approaches to Community Wellbeing provides the opportunity to innovate and develop original and creative community wellbeing projects. Students are supervised in the process of designing, planning, facilitating, managing and evaluating creative community-based professional projects which aim to enhance wellbeing capacities in groups, families and organisations.  This culminates in project presentations to further develop the skills for organisational and cultural change.

Integrative and Relational Skills

Integrative and Relational Skills examines the practice-based implications of the whole training in the context of professional placements and case study.  This provides a thorough synthesis of knowledge and experience as well as an in-depth integration of theory and practice.  This enables rehearsal for interview practice, supporting students to articulate their philosophy, values, scope of wellbeing practice and approach in dialogue with experienced professional colleagues.  This culminates in a professional practice profile and interview developing confidence for innovating wellbeing projects in the future.  

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"This unique course is multifaceted in terms of well-being. There is no other course like it"
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The Child Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner Course

The Diploma course in Community Wellbeing Practice for Children, Young People, Families and Organisations qualifies graduates as Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioners for Children and Young People:

  • Providing education, training, practice and research into child therapeutic counselling with children and young people

  • Examining a range of influences that inform child development, child mental health and emotional wellbeing 

  • Developing knowledge, skills and competencies for working safely and effectively with children and young people with awareness of diversity, adversity and complexity in their lives

  • Providing knowledge, skills, core competencies and standards of proficiency for working with personal, social and emotional development with individuals, groups and organisations

  • Enabling students to manage, plan and evaluate innovative, creative community wellbeing projects promoting trauma-informed care, cultural and systemic change  

  • Developing the ability to provide consultation and psycho-education for parents, carers, families, groups and organisations

  • Evaluating practice-based implications for individual children and young people as well as the carers, families, groups and organisations that seek to support them

  • Providing supervised professional placements in a range of settings to develop inter-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and multi-agency skills for child-centred practice

  • Inspiring opportunities for creative and relational projects within groups, families and communities promoting organisational change and wellbeing

  • Equipping students with knowledge, skills and experience for child protection, advocacy, safeguarding and multi-agency practice

  • Educating students in early intervention, care planning and the Team Around the Child

  • Promoting mindfulness, compassion and research-informed, practice-based evidence  

  • Developing professional presentation skills and case study research and evaluation 

  • Ensuring safe and effective professional ethical conduct and fitness to practice as a Child Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner and Child Therapeutic Counsellor

  • Promoting quality and standards in on-going continued professional development, regulation and accountability 

Graduates of the three/ four-year professional development programme are welcomed into a lively professional community of associates and independent Child Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioners and Child Therapeutic Counsellors 

Criteria for Entry to the Diploma Courses

This Level 6 Diploma course normally requires successful completion of the Level 4 Foundation Certificate, or equivalent, and the Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Wellbeing Practice with Children and Young People. In some circumstances students may be invited to interview and accepted on to the course on the basis of previous professional training and experience through Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).


Each course is distinct in itself and can also be accumulated as a portfolio of trainings towards the title of Child Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner and Child Therapeutic Counsellor

There are training options in key-working, mentoring and creative group work. 


All applicants are required to fill in an application form, provide two references, have an up to date DBS and attend an practical workshop, interview and induction.

  • A commitment to seeking to make a difference to the lives of children and young people.

  • Willingness to be informed by  the course’s  holistic, child-centred philosophy and approach, including principles of professional practice with reference to safeguarding, the team around the child and child-protection.

  • The commitment to professional codes of ethics, conduct and practice, as a representative of the organisation.

  • Understanding of the importance of working within inter-disciplinary and multi-agency frameworks and to value professional exchange, collaboration and practice.

  • The ability to work flexibly in complex situations and in changing environments with awareness of adversity

  • The capacity to undertake assessments, engage with clients in planning their own care, identify, consult and refer high risk situations, as well as accessing resources and services for the child, young person and their family.

  • Willingness to develop professional standards for safe and effective inter-personal communications.

  • The ability to follow professional procedures, to produce accurate client records and to participate in auditing, evaluation, report writing and research.

  • The ability to be a safe and effective role model for children,young people and their families, with respect for diversity of perspective and experience. The capacity for self-awareness, as well as reflective, analytic and evaluative skills.

  • The potential to be emotionally literate, sensitive, robust and resilient, with an understanding of the importance of remaining empathic in the context of challenge.

  • The commitment to equal opportunities, anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice, including being able to recognise, challenge and support the use and misuse of power.

  • Willingness to enter into the child’s world through verbal and non-verbal, unconscious and symbolic forms of communication.

  • The ability to use resources, support, reflective practice and supervision to ensure that these are used to benefit both clients and the professional development of the student

  • The commitment to abide by relevant health and safety procedures

If you are interested in one of our courses, you can attend a Taster Day (9am to 5.15pm) at IATE including presentations, workshops and interviews.  To access this you will be required to book by completing an online application form via the IATE website.  Please also ensure you register your interest here so that we can follow your application process.

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"Now confident through knowledge and skills learned through this training, I have been inspired to introduce and develop a children's service team to support recovery for victims of domestic abuse"


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Course Costs

Course fees for three distinct levels of training

Fees: £4,500 for each course

This includes a non-refundable deposit of £960

Payment installment options are available


Additional Costs Include: 

£695 registration fee for the University of East London

£250 per term Reflective Practice.

Please note, IATE courses do not qualify for government education funding

How to Apply

Attend a Taster Day at IATE

Applicants can access the IATE Taster Day which includes presentations and information about the courses, workshops and an interview.  All students are required to complete an application form in advance of attending the Taster Day.


Following the Taster Day at IATE and the successful offer of a place on the Child Therapeutic Wellbeing Practice Training, applicants will have an opportunity to obtain further consultation via Zoom with the Wellbeing Faculty to talk more about working with children and young people, personal and professional development needs as well as placement requirements and opportunities.  Each student will be linked directly through referral to a supervisor / reflective practice facilitator to accompany them on the training.

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