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Diploma in Child Therapeutic Counselling

Happy Children

Community Orientated Advanced Child Therapeutic Counselling Practice

Course 4

IATE Diploma in Child Therapeutic Counselling

LEVEL 6 / 7

This course can only be accessed by successfully completing the first three years of the course. Child Therapeutic Counselling placements can commence from term two of year two.  The site of integration is available from year two through remote working and the case study support module accompanies year four.  All other teaching takes place in person at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. 


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. This includes a final module ten as well as a thirty-hour remote working case study support module.  The emphasis is on the students critical self-reflexivity including the integration of their personal lived-experience through autoethnography, research into the impacts of social injustice on child mental health, research and evaluation through written case study


These combine to enable students to integrate and consolidate their learning and development. This includes a focus on preparation for professional practice, personal growth and self-development including commitment to life long learning. There is a requirement to have completed at least 50 hours of personal therapy before the end of the course which is also designed to support with autoethnographic research and research into areas of social injustice which impact mental health.  The final year includes an audit of all areas including a log of placement hours, supervision report, placement manager report, DBS, insurance, personal therapy, and personal readiness. 

Course Content
Team Meeting
Module Ten 

This module supports students to further research and integrate their knowledge and experience, including understanding of 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 50 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. This is also accompanied by the site of integration which commences on year two with two evenings a month.  Students are required to attend at least once a month to ensure they are integrating theory and practice as well as gaining learning support.  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 in Child Therapeutic Counselling. 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. This also includes an audit of all course requirements.  

Childs Pyschologist
Child Therapeutic Counselling Placements 

These can commence on term two of year two and can continue throughout year three and four. This must be agreed by the Course Director in consultation with supervisors and tutors, depending on the experience and personal development of the trainee.  All students need to complete a minimum of 60 hours of supervision which includes 15 hours per year with an appropriately qualified and registered therapeutic professional.


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  


Professional profile presentation interview

Community wellbeing project presentation 

Case study research proposal 

Year Four 

Autoethnographic research journal / presentation

Social injustice presentation 

Professional practice audit 

Case Study 6,000 words 


Students must have completed two journal entries for each of the ten 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 academic standards, 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.

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