MSc Adolescent Psychotherapy (180 credits)
Postgraduate Diploma in Adolescent Psychotherapy (120 credits)
This programme is validated by the University of Northampton
The aim of this two-year in-depth training programme is to understand and appreciate the complexity of adolescent process and to support counsellors/therapists in developing deeper levels of competency in their work with adolescents who are experiencing psychological and developmental difficulties. The training will address adolescent development and psychotherapy from a Gestalt Relational perspective, understanding adolescent development as creative adjustment in context, tracking the interactive evolution of the adolescent’s contact repertoire and the relational field of which the adolescent is a part. Themes for the training will include:
- The nature of adolescent development, including transformation of the adolescent’s relationship with him/herself, the social world & parents.
- Understanding clinical symptoms as developmental field phenomena.
- Utilising a field approach for designing clinical interventions
- The critical role of shame in the clinical situation
- The pragmatics of engaging the adolescent and parents in therapy
The Programme Director is Bronagh Starrs. Bronagh is an adolescent development specialist and has considerable experience as a trainer in adolescent development and therapy throughout Ireland. She also teaches and presents internationally on the developmental implication of trauma on the adolescent journey.
This MSc / Postgraduate Diploma programme is open to practitioners who have successfully completed a core psychotherapy/psychology training course (in either adult-oriented or child-oriented psychotherapy) and who are accredited (or working towards accreditation) with an accrediting body such as IAHIP, IACP, BACP, PSI or equivalent.
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