This 'Recruit to Train' Postgraduate Diploma, a Department of Health initiative, provides specialist post-qualification training for Child and Adolescent (CAMHS) workers within the CYP IAPT model, focusing on the clinical areas of child mental health: anxiety, depression and conduct disorder.
Covid-19 programme updates
Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
Modes and duration
Students typically attend training two days per week (with some occasional extra days when specific training is required). The rest of the week will be spent within the students' host Trust.
Tuition fees (2020/21)
Note on fees: Fees for this programme are available on request from the department.
Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology) and/or a registerable professional qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. medicine, psychology, social work) from a UK university or overseas professional qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates without a degree, but with a minimum of three years professional experience in a CAMHS (or equivalent) setting together with a relevant professional qualification will also be considered.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
Students will gain a critical understanding of the CYP IAPT model of service change, outcome monitoring, and fundamentals of evidence-based psychological therapies to common mental health problems in childhood and adolescence (anxiety, depression, and conduct problems). Students will also develop skills in Autism Spectrum Conditions/Learning Disabilities (ASCLD) Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A) or Under 5’s, depending on the module choice.
Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.
The programme consists of two compulsory Core Skills modules (30 credits each) which all students will complete. Students then study two optional modules from their chosen speciality (i.e. ASCLD, IPT-A or Under 5s) (30 credits each).
Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- Core Skills: (Part 1) Theory and Principles
- Core Skills: (Part 2) Clinical Practice and the Therapeutic Relationship
- Autism Spectrum Conditions/Learning Disabilities
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents
- Under 5s
- Further information about these modules is available on the department website.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and is part of a collaborative teaching process with King's College London. It is taught by leading practitioners in the field, with learning being a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical practice with on-going cases, and clinical supervision groups. Assessment is through essays, a clinical case log, case studies, oral presentations and reflective analysis.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
CAMHS professionals will be well placed to become skilled and creative independent practitioners of their chosen speciality.
Recent career destinations for this course include:
- Clinical Physiologist, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
- Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Brandon Centre
- Community Mental Health Nurse, North East London NHS Foundation Trust
- Family and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The programme is based and taught at the Anna Freud Centre, a national charity with a worldwide reputation. It is a centre of practice, research and learning, which offers treatment for distressed children and support and advice for parents, trains mental health professionals to understand children's emotional development, and carries out pioneering research into effective ways to help young people suffering emotional distress.
Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
This programme is aimed at candidates who have an appropriate educational background, and preferably some experience with CAMHS, who wish to develop their skills for children and young people. However, each NHS Partnership will have individual person specifications depending on their needs.
- All applicants
- 18 December 2020
The application to the CYP-IAPT programme is not an ordinary application process. Partnerships have a preliminary stage where they bid to become part of the London Child IAPT collaborative, after which they advertise a job vacancy. Applicants are then put forward by the partnerships and a collaborative process in selecting the new recruits/students is performed between the teaching staff and the NHS Partnership.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study CYP IAPT Therapy at graduate level
- why you want to study CYP IAPT Therapy at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
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