Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

MQF Level 7

General information and rationale:

The postgraduate 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
7 ECTS/ECVETS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 1st

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2. DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
5 ECTS/ECVETS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 1st

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3. PLAY THERAPY
6 ECTS/ECVETS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 1st

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4. PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
5 ECTS/ECVETS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 1st

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5. CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS AND ASSESSMENT OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
5 ECTS/ECVETS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 2nd

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6. INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS 2
5 ECTS/ECVETS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 2nd

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7. PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP IN WORK WITH CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
4 ECTS/ECVETS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 2nd

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8. TREATMENT PLANS AND INTERVENTIONS FOR SPECIFIC PERSONAL OR CONTEXTUAL DIFFICULTIES EXPERIENCED BY CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
6 ECTS/ECVETS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 2nd

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9. ETHICS IN WORK WITH CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
4 ECTS/ECVETS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 1st

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10. CLINICAL PRACTICE WITH SUPERVISION
8 ECTS/ECVETS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 2nd

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11. PERSONAL THERAPY
5 ECTS/ECVETS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 1st/2nd

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12. CASE STUDY
6 ECTS/ECVETS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 2nd

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Overall learning outcomes:

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR THE WHOLE COURSE

The learner will be able to:

a) Communicate professionally with other specialists and experts that work with children and adolescents;

b) Use and understand theoretical concepts from different psychotherapeutic approaches that support work with children;

c) Communicate professionally and ethically with children and adolescents and their parents during psychotherapeutic process;

d) Keep the necessary documentation about clients in an ethical way;

e) Write and present own work to other colleagues and professionals.

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR LEARNING TO LEARN SKILLS FOR THE WHOLE COURSE

The learner will be able to:

a) Research relevant literature and continue their learning of developmental psychology, child and adolescent psychopathology and diagnosis, treatment plans and therapeutic interventions, etc.

b) Make a comprehensive literature review in the field on child and adolescent psychotherapy;

c) Be able to make the difference in quality and reliability of available literature in the field.

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.

Assessment:

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.

General assessment procedures:

In general assessment procedures in this programme are: assignments, presentation, answering questions inspired by the student’s written assignment and presentation.

Target group:

This programme is targeted for those persons who would like to become experts/specialists in child and adolescent’s psychotherapy.

Visa:

Third country national are advised to review the following link for VISA regulations www.identitymalta.com/unit/central-visa-unit

Duration and mode of attendance: 2 years part-time

Mode of delivery: Face-to-face

Hours of learning: 1625 hours

Hours of total learning

320

Contact hours (1)

955

Self-study hours

290

Supervised hours

60

Assessment hours

[1] In the case of online learning, synchronous and asynchronous learning activities under the direction and control of an instructor are considered as contact hours.

Total number of ECTS for course completion

65 ECTS