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Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy, PG Dip

This Postgraduate Diploma is part of the Department of Health initiative to Improve Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and provides specialist post-qualification training for Child and Adolescent (CAMHS) workers within the CYP IAPT model.

Video: Introduction to CYP IAPT PG Dip Video: What you can expect on the CYP IAPT PG Dip

January 2024 entry: University applications are due to open in August 2023. Recruitment for job roles within services is due to take place between August and November 2023

This Postgraduate Diploma provides specialist post-qualification training for recruited professionals with some experience. Practitioners will gain a critical understanding of the CYP IAPT model of service change, outcome monitoring, and fundamentals of evidence-based psychological therapies to treat common mental health problems in childhood and adolescence (anxiety, depression, and conduct problems). 

A key aim is to improve the effectiveness of psychological services for mental health disorders by embedding the necessary changes required into service culture. Students are encouraged to think about their role in the transformation of services to the benefit of Children, Young People and Families through the following principles: 

  • The delivery of evidence-based practice.

  •  Monitoring outcomes to ensure that the therapist is effectively supporting the young person in getting better. 

  • Engaging young people to collaboratively help to shape their services. 

Depending on funding and course viability, students will apply a specific specialization and develop skills in one of the below modalities held at either UCL or KCL:  


  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A)  

  • Infant Mental Health (0-5s) 

  • Autism Spectrum Condition or Learning Difficulties (ASC/LD) 

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) 


  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) 

  • Systemic Family Practice (SFP CDD) - Conduct Disorder and Depression

  • Systemic Family Practice (SFP ED) - Eating Disorders 

  • Parent Training (PT) 

This webpage is dedicated to the Anna Freud/UCL programme and modalities. Please click here to visit the KCL website for more information on their Recruit to Train modalities.