The title of this article is Child and adolescent Training courses,
I chose to write article on this topic, as it is interest of mine, and in some ways a natural evolution from the Adult Psychotherapy trainings that I have undertaken in the last 30 years.
My wife trained as a Child Therapist in the 1980s, and worked for Norfolk social services as a Child therapist and Social worker.
After training in Adult Psychotherapy, she has recently gone on to head the Child and Adolescent Department at the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy in 2011.
The first course that we developed in this area was the Certificate in Child and Adolescent Studies, which she has run successfully, with Amanda Phillips for the last three years.
In looking at the Training courses, in the United Kingdom, that offers a comprehensive training in the area of Child and Adolescent’s, we see there are very few.
Certainly the courses that are accredited by the United kingdom Council of psychotherapy are even less.
At the time of writing, the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy is developing a register of Child and adolescent training courses, and accredited therapists in this specific discipline.
After the success of the Certificate in Child and Adolescent training we have decided to develop a Diploma in Child and Adolescent studies,to go alongside our present Certificate.
I think is very important for a Psychotherapist to have an Knowledge of Child development, and to that end, in our Adult Psychotherapy training at this Institute we do incorporate training in the above area.
People who come on the Certificate in Child and Adolescent training come from many areas, such as Teachers, Social workers, Probation workers, Councillors, and of course Psychotherapists.
Many people will also attend this course to refresh their skills in this area ,as well as to learn new models and methods of working with Children and Adolescents.
As I write this article I am reminded more and more, of the developmental stages and deficits that a child will experience throughout their early years.
Indeed the Adult is, of course, the product of a persons own childhood, and an understanding of their history, is vital, and important for any Psychotherapy with that person to be successful.
At this Institute we are fortunate to have four Psychotherapists that have also specialised in the area of Children and Adolescence, and who clinically,work in both Adult and child domains.
For me,To have Psychotherapists who work both in the Adult and with Children and Adolescents brings an enriching and vital dimensional to the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy and long may this continue.
Bob Cooke 2013