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Working with Children, Young People and Families: A Psychoanalytic Observational Approach

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Working with Children, Young People and Families: A Psychoanalytic Observational Approach

PG Certificate/PG Diploma/Masters Programme in Liverpool (known previously as 'Psychoanalytic Observational Studies')

We are not in a position to continue to deliver this programme in its current format. NSCAP is working closely with the Liverpool course team to consider options for an Infant Observation Programme in 2018/19, however, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible. At this stage, you could consider the Leeds Psychoanalytic Observational Studies Programme which runs on Fridays at NSCAP. This course is also delivered in Birmingham and London by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. 

Any further enquiries can be directed to NSCAP on 0113 855 8750 or nscap.lypft@nhs.net

Further information about the programme delivered in Leeds can be found at the foot of this page.




Further information on the equivalent course delivered by NSCAP in Leeds can be found here.

Is this course right for me?

Who is the course for?
All professionals working with children, young people and their families who want to develop their capacity to observe and to think about the meaning of behaviour from a psychoanalytic perspective. Students include: teachers, learning mentors, social workers, residential care workers, psychologists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, paediatricians, counsellors, CAMHS practitioners, health visitors, midwives and youth workers.

What does it offer?
The skills gained through the experience of observing infants and young children over an extended period enhance the quality of direct work with children, young people and families. The programme is a pre-requisite for those wishing to undertake clinical training in child and adolescent psychotherapy.

Will it help my work with children and young people?
Students report that the programme is highly relevant to their professional work. Working practice is significantly enhanced by a better understanding of difficult or troublesome behaviour. They also indicate that they feel more able to think under pressure and not to be forced into precipitate action.

The discussions were able to open out material in the observations so that I saw so much more than I thought was there.