Psychosocial Care of Children, Adolescents and their Families

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Key facts

Course code


Start dates

September 2023

Application deadline

1 September (for a September start), 1 December (for a January start).

Course length

Part time: One semester

Academic level


Academic credits



This Psychosocial Care of Children, Adolescents and their Families module opens with a focus on developing psychosocial assessment skills from a sound theoretical basis. It then moves on to explore how using your assessment of family strengths and difficulties can inform planned interventions. A range of therapeutic approaches are introduced and you are encouraged to reflect on their use within your specific practice environment.

This module will develop your understanding of the psychosocial needs that are expressed through a child’s behaviour and emotions, and your ability to identify and implement ways of managing them.

healthcare professionals interacting with child

How to apply

Entry requirements

You must be working as a practitioner in a health or social care setting with babies, children or adolescents with access to families.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Apply through our Moodle Portal.

If you wish to take this as a standalone module then you can apply to be a postgraduate associate student using our online application portal. You will need to register for the portal prior to proceeding with an application.

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
2024 / 25
CPD Home (UK) part time
£1,000 per module if taken as a standalone module or £1,155 per module if taken as part of an award bearing course

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2024 / 25
CPD Home (UK) part time
£1,000 per module if taken as a standalone module or £1,155 per module if taken as part of an award bearing course

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 534400

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

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  • For information about refunds please visit our Refund policy page

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

This module encompasses practice in the work setting alongside a blended teaching approach will be taken for this module, delivered in units of e-learning, and seminars (a combination of synchronous or asynchronous), and experiential learning groups (ELG).

You will take turns to bring a case to the ELG. You will reflect on your work with a particular family. With guidance from the facilitator, the group will help you to make sense of your experience and of the family’s difficulties by applying the knowledge gained on the module. This builds the graduate attributes of academic literacy and critical self-awareness and personal literacy, also helping you to appreciate the relationship of these attributes to one another.

Assessed by 100% coursework.

healthcare professionals interacting with teenager

Learning and teaching

Outline syllabus:

  • psychosocial development across the lifespan, including cultural and historical context
  • understanding family dynamics and generational roles: applying structural interventions.
  • attachment in infancy, childhood and adulthood including trans-generational patterns
  • assessment and Interventions from a psychodynamic perspective including containment
  • understanding child and adolescent problems and disorders in the context of the family
  • behavioural assessment and intervention including positive parenting and managing challenging behaviour
  • cognitive behavioural approaches and application to anxiety disorders in children and adolescents
  • interventions when working with parents. Identifying and overcoming challenges.


Assessment methods used on this course

Coursework: Case study       

The aim of this case study is:

  • to use theoretical understanding of psychosocial development and of family systems to assess the problems of a child within their family context
  • to identify appropriate interventions, giving the rationale for these.

Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.