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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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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.

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.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

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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Core Modules

Learn to use the Integrative Holistic model of play and creative arts therapies as an extension to talking therapies.

Continue to add to your creative arts therapy skill set and integrate them into your current practice. Learn about research methods and the fundamentals of neurobiology.

Expand your repertoire of therapeutic play media to include drawing, painting, clay and working with groups. You will also develop your understanding of child protection issues.

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 Care and 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

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

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.

Part-time rates for international students are not automatically displayed as there are specific visa requirements which generally limit students to study in the UK on a full-time basis. Should you wish to query your visa status you can contact Tier4 Compliance@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. If you are able to study on a part-time basis please contact fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for further information on course fees.

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.

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

Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy Ltd (APAC)

Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy Ltd (APAC)

Leeds Beckett University has collaborated with APAC to deliver accredited play therapy training in therapeutic learning centres across the UK, including Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, London and Dublin.

Our courses are for professionals who wish to work with children using therapeutic play in the UK and overseas. As a dedicated play and creative arts therapies training organisation, APAC’s therapy programmes meet the rigorous standards set by Play Therapy UK and Play Therapy International.

The APAC teaching team consists of an international group of professional psychological and play therapies educators, who are all active practitioners and researchers in their field.

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