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Post-Graduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

General information and rationale:

The post-graduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy programme, is accredited by the MFHEA, MQF Level 7, part-time programme carried out over a timeframe of 2 scholastic years. Working with children and adolescents requires specialised knowledge, skills and competencies, and requires an understanding of the unique context of child and adolescent treatment. Several therapists are currently working with these populations while only having general psychotherapy training with minimal or and/or non-accredited specialised training for work with children and adolescents. Our intention is to offer quality, solid and accredited education in this area. This programme is designed to take into account and address all issues specific to working with children and adolescents in order to equip future psychotherapist with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies.

Course outline (Modules):

  1. Integrative approach to psychotherapy with children and adolescents 1

  2. Developmental psychology

  3. Child and adolescent psychopathology

  4. Play therapy

  5. Clinical diagnosis and assessment of children and adolescents

  6. Integrative approach to psychotherapy with children and adolescents 2

  7. Psychotherapeutic relationship in work with children and adolescents

  8. Treatment plans and interventions for specific personal or contextual difficulties experienced by children and adolescents

  9. Ethics in working with children and adolescents

  10. Clinical practice with supervision

  11. Personal therapy

  12. Case study

General pedagogical procedures:

This programme is delivered by different teaching and learning methods. The basic idea is that students can learn from their own experience through active involvement. The curriculum is presented through the following methods: lectures, presentations, discussions, role-plays, workshops, active work (including personal therapy) in the role of student-client in small groups, live demonstrations, seminars etc. Reflexive and critical thinking, creativity, active involvement/ participation, abilities of synthesis and analysis will be encouraged.


EAGTI-GPTIM finds it very important that every student has the possibility to show/present his/her knowledge and what was learnt experientially. In order for this to reflect the different styles and strengths of students together with areas for further growth, a variety of methods are used including assignments, presentation and answering questions inspired by the student’s written assignment and presentation.

Total number of ECTS for course completion


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