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Therapy with children and young people

Working psychotherapeutically with children, young people and their families is not the same as therapy with adults. We believe this work needs specialist skills and knowledge.

We have set standards for specialist training programmes and defined minimum standards of expertise for practitioners who work with clients who are under 18. There are two ways that you can recognise whether a therapist has undertaken this training or has the necessary expertise.

The specialist register

Therapists who have completed specific specialist training and who work exclusively with children and adolescents are included on a specialist register.

There are two titles associated with the child register:

  • Child Psychotherapist – registrants with this title have completed a full child training or post qualifying diploma in child psychotherapy
  • Family Psychotherapist – registrants with this title are members of our College of Family, Couple and Systemic Therapy and they are able to work with children, families, couples as well as adults.

The Child and Adolescent Proficiency Marker

The Child and Adolescent Proficiency Marker is for registrants who work mainly with adults but who may also occasionally work with children and adolescents. The Marker shows that they meet the standard of expertise we have set for working with those who are under the age of 18.

What is the difference between being on the specialist register and having the Proficiency Marker?

The biggest difference between the specialist register and the Proficiency Marker is that those on the register have completed a specialist child training or post qualifying diploma.

Therapists who hold the Proficiency Marker have completed a training designed to work with adults but have demonstrated that they also meet the minimum standard to work with children and adolescents.

Another difference is that a registrant on the register will primarily work with children and adolescents. Those who hold the Proficiency Marker will only occasionally work with children as part of their practice.

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