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Andy Hinchcliffe
Undergraduate course
Advanced Diploma

Counselling Children and Young People Using Creative Arts

Counselling Children and Young People Using Creative Arts

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.
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.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

Entry 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. All students will be considered through the contextual admissions policy described above. If you do not meet the requirements through the contextual admissions policy, we may still be able to make you an offer if you have recent relevant work experience through our ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and any relevant work experience in your application so that we can consider you under both schemes where applicable..

All applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, for example we accept some Functional Skills Tests. 

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.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

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Careers

Andy Hinchcliffe

Careers

Andy Hinchcliffe
Children's Centre Manager Wyke Community & Children’s Centre

“I came from a playwork background, but my studies at Leeds Beckett really improved my skillset as a manager and helped put everything I’d been doing into context. I met many new friends and even teamed up with some of them to set up a new business, travelling around the world to places like Costa Rica, Egypt and the US to deliver playwork training.

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.
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You will integrate and apply a range of creative therapies into your practice, and learn the main differences between talking therapy and play and creative arts therapy. You will undertake 50 hours of clinical work as part of the course.
Overall workload
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138 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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402 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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60 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Year one is assessed predominately by coursework, with some practical assessments.
Core Modules
Re-orientating Current Practice for Working with Children & Young People Using the Integrative Holistic Model

Using Creative Arts Media & Metaphor Safely

Integrating Talking Therapy with Creative Arts Therapy Skills

Download 2020/21 Course Spec Download
You will integrate and apply a range of creative therapies into your practice, and learn the main differences between talking therapy and play and creative arts therapy. You will undertake 50 hours of clinical work as part of the course.
Overall workload
Clock icon
138 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
Clock icon
402 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Clock icon
60 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Year one is assessed predominately by coursework, with some practical assessments.
Core Modules
Re-orientating Current Practice for Working with Children & Young People Using the Integrative Holistic Model

Using Creative Arts Media & Metaphor Safely

Integrating Talking Therapy with Creative Arts Therapy Skills

Dr Divine Charura
Dr Divine Charura
Course Director

Dr Divine Charura is a Course Director for the Psychological Therapies and Mental Health 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

Fees information is not available for this selection of attendance, location and start date. Please re-select.

Separate tuition fee arrangements exist for this course. Please contact APAC, on 01825 761143 or e-mail contact@apac.org.uk for more information.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Separate tuition fee arrangements exist for this course. Please contact APAC, on 01825 761143 or e-mail contact@apac.org.uk for more information.

Separate tuition fee arrangements exist for this course. Please contact APAC, on 01825 761143 or e-mail ptukorg@aol.com for more information.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: such as 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Separate tuition fee arrangements exist for this course. Please contact APAC, on 01825 761143 or e-mail ptukorg@aol.com for more information.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: such as 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

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.

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