Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People (PA 3) (X3252)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module will introduce you with an introduction to the theoretical ideas and professional practices that underpin different forms of therapeutic work with children and young people.

This module considers how therapeutic informed practice influences the practice of people that work with children. It critically engages with the theoretical frameworks and research that support different approaches to working therapeutically with children and young people in a variety of professional contexts such as schools and family centres.

This module introduces a range of applications of talk, play and arts based psychological therapies. It overviews psychodynamic, person centred and relational theoretical constructions for working with the therapeutic relationship. It introduces play therapy, systemic, cognitive, group-work, bereavement support and mindfulness approaches and active listening skills. It explores professional issues such as school-based counselling and multi-professional practice, working with families and children’s networks, supervision and safeguarding.

The implications and value of these ideas for practitioners from a variety of professionals, notably, teachers, social workers and youth workers will be considered.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: