News from the Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
The joint Anna Freud Centre / British Psychotherapy Foundation (bpf) doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, accredited by UCL and the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), is now entering its fourth year.
From October will be running at full capacity, i.e. with 32 students across the four year groups. A significant proportion of the students on the course are graduates of our own MSc programmes (both PDP and DPCP), and starting last year, one student from each year group has also been on clinical placement with the child psychotherapy service at the Anna Freud Centre for the full duration of their four-year training.
It is important for many that the Centre continues to be involved in the training of child psychotherapists. There are a number of challenges on the horizon, including possible changes to the funding of clinical psychology and child psychotherapy training in the UK, but the course itself continues to go from strength to strength. Every five years trainings have to be re-accredited by the ACP, and after a very comprehensive review, the course has just received confirmation that our application has been successful. The Chair of the ACP training council, in reviewing the re-accreditation report, described “a strongly directed, well-managed and highly collaborative team, delivering a genuinely innovative and exciting Doctoral programme”. We hope that alumni will support the training going forward.
-- Nick Midgley, Academic Director of the Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy