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Counselling Children and Young People Using Creative Arts
Undergraduate course
Advanced Diploma

Counselling Children and Young People Using Creative Arts

Please note that all applications and queries for this course will be dealt with by APAC, and that start dates may differ depending on your location of study. Find out more on the APAC website.

Please note the change of start date for this course.
International Scholarships available

Overview

Learn how to use play and a range of creative arts to counsel children and young people (CYP) between the ages of four and 18 effectively.

Designed for qualified counsellors and delivered by The Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC), this course will expand your range of therapeutic skills by teaching you how to integrate activities such as sand tray modelling, music, drama, art, puppetry and clay modelling into your skill set. Combining taught theory with clinical placement work, you will enhance your holistic expertise and you will be able to help CYP with social, emotional, behavioural and mental health issues so they can realise their potential. Please note that all applications and queries for this course will be dealt with by APAC and start dates may differ depending on your location of study. For more information visit apac.org.uk.

Please note that all applications and queries for this course will be dealt with by APAC, and that start dates may differ depending on your location of study. Find out more on the APAC website.

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This course will enhance your existing counselling skills, such as establishing a therapeutic relationship with CYP, working within an appropriate ethical framework and other statutory requirements aimed at protecting children. You will be given an understanding of the neurobiological development of CYP as well as the informing psychological theories including Rogers, Axline, Jung, Winnicott and Bowlby. You will become a more self-reflective and critical counsellor, communicating with the CYP in whatever therapeutic creative arts media they have chosen - the younger the child, the greater the need for non-talking creative therapies. Your enhanced skillset will help to foster an improved rapport with CYP and help them to heal. You will be taught a diverse range of therapeutic skills so that you can develop integrated counselling programmes that can be tailored to the individual. This Integrated Holistic approach distinguishes this course from more traditional single method techniques. You will put into practice what you have learned during 50 hours of clinical placements undertaken in your workplace, 10 hours of which will be supervised. This is a practical course that also includes free software for therapy recordkeeping to meet the latest data protection legislation requirements.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Entry Requirements

Additional Requirements


Applicants should normally have a Diploma of Higher Education/Foundation degree in Counselling or equivalent level 5 qualification, or, where the applicant does not hold a level 5 qualification, equivalent experience or training, such as within the work environment. Applicants should have formal training in counselling and/or psychotherapy and membership of the BACP or equivalent professional association with a code of ethics. This course is for practising counsellors seeking further opportunities for professional study. Applicants must also meet the professional requirements:
  1. The counselling qualification at least at level 5 with a minimum of 100 hours clinically supervised practice and 20 hours of supervision; plus 50 hours post-qualifying clinical experience is required.
  2. A satisfactory enhanced DBS check.
  3. Two satisfactory references of which one must be relevant to clinical practice.
  4. Professional indemnity, public liability insurance cover and data protection registration.
  5. All suitable candidates will be required to successfully complete a telephone interview as part of the selection process.
  6. Also the following are ideally required (students can start the course without the following but these must be in place before clinical practice commences):
  7. A placement, which may be the applicant's place of work.
  8. A PTUK approved Clinical Supervisor.
All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Andy Hinchcliffe

Careers

Teaching and learning

Learn how to utilise a wide range of creative therapies such as play, music and art, to counsel children and young people, and deal with the complete range of issues that they may experience.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Divine Charura
Dr Divine Charura
Course Director

Dr Divine Charura is a Course Director for the Psychological Therapies and Mental Postgraduate courses. He is a Chartered Psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). He is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner/Counselling Psychologist. Divine has also been qualified as a Psychotherapist for years and is registered as an adult Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Whether you are a newly qualified therapist or an experienced one, the modules on this course and extensive training will provide you with an excellent opportunity for enhancing your personal and professional development. The course also includes 50 hours of clinical placement work with children, 10 hours of which are supervised. We look forward to welcoming you on this course.

Fees & funding

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate applicants, commencing their course in the 201920 academic year, are yet to be set at this time by the UK Government. We expect these fee rates will be set in October 2018. Should you wish to view the fee charges for this course for the previous year you can do so by changing the entry point to September 2018 in the 'Start Date' section of this page above.
The tuition fees for this course, for applicants commencing their course in the 201920 academic year, are yet to be set at this time. These fee rates will be set in October 2018. Should you wish to view the fee charges for this course for the previous year you can do so by changing the entry point to September 2018 in the 'Start Date' section of this page above.

Facilities

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Virtual Learning Environment
    Virtual Learning Environment

    The VLE gives you access to course materials such as videos, e-books and other documents. You also use it to submit your assignments and to receive feedback.

Location

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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