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Diploma in Community Wellbeing for Children

Happy Children

Community Orientated Advanced Child Therapeutic Counselling Practice

course 4

IATE Diploma in Community
Wellbeing Practice for Children

(Undergraduate Associate Certificate UEL)


This course can only be accessed by successfully completing the first two / three years of the course. There is an overlap with placements from year two and three and with writing the case study for year three and four. 


The Diploma in Child Therapeutic Counselling 



The final year of the course supports students to prepare for their future career and maintaining of professional standards, including placement requirements. There is a final module ten over six days as well as a thirty-hour remote working case study support module. 


These combine to enable students to integrate and consolidate their learning and development. This includes a focus on personal growth and self-development through autoethnographic research journals and presentations. It also enables students to research areas of social justice which are of interest to them and to share in presentations, which include all the students across the organisation.

Course Content
Team Meeting
Module Ten 

This module supports students to further integrate their knowledge and experience, research and development of understanding in equality, diversity, inclusivity and intersectionality. This includes reflexive self-inquiry about the development of the self in context. Students share their lived experience through performative autoethnographic research journals and presentations. This is supported by a minimum of fifty hours of personal therapy with an appropriately registered professional, to enable autoethnographic research and increased development of self-awareness. Students can share in the process of collaborative research inquiry and presentation with many other students in training across the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. This includes selecting a topic that interests the student, as well as considering its significance for social injustice as a contributing contextual factor for child mental health and community wellbeing. 

Group therapy
Child Therapeutic Counselling Case Study Support Module 

This module is delivered over fifteen evenings of online lectures, group work seminars, peer mentor groups and engages students in collaborative reflection and dialogue. The course includes tutor led break out groups and peer mentoring groups on all the subjects covered on the course which revise and consolidate the full training. The course is structured to enable students to work through each of the sections in the case study research in chronological order and to receive cumulative and well as summative feedback on their written work. The case study is a piece of professional research which requires evidence of professional ethical standards and an integration of knowledge and experience as applied to child therapeutic counselling practice. 

Childs Pyschologist
Child Therapeutic Counselling Placements 

These commence on year two or three if the student is ready for this level and depth of work. This must be agreed by the Course Director in consultation with supervisors and tutors, depending on the experience and personal development of the trainee. 


Placements for year four must include 100 hours of child therapeutic counselling with the following age categories:


3-6 years – 20 hours

6-9 years – 20 hours 

10-13 years – 20 hours 

13+ - years 6 hours


At this level students have attended three years of training and completed ten assessments including: 


Year One 


Principles of professional practice viva 

Applied therapeutic thinking vignette presentations 

Creative and relational therapeutic counselling skills facilitation 


Year Two 


Safeguarding, child development and wellbeing interview 

Multi-disciplinary consultation 

Case presentation 


Year Three / Four 


Professional Profile Presentation Interview

Community wellbeing project presentation 

Auto-ethnographic research journal / presentation

Social justice presentation 

Professional practice self-audit 

Case Study 6,000 words 


Students must have completed two journal entries for each of the six-day modules by the end of this course. Journal entries are 1,500 words each on relevant subjects throughout the training with six reflective practice questions within each of them. These evidence a combination of reading, research and practice based learning including both creativity and personal reflection.  

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.

Next Taster Day:
Saturday 25th February 2023
9am to 5.15pm at IATE

Join the next Taster Day at IATE

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