Postgraduate Course: Creative Therapies with Children and Young People (CNST11075)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides an advanced examination of the use of creative therapies with children and young people.
Students will develop their theoretical understanding of the field as well as their therapeutic skills of identifying, implementing and evaluating different practices of listening to children and young people. Sessions will cover a variety of creative approaches for working therapeutically with children and young people, such as: Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Dance and Movement Therapy, and Wilderness Therapy. Students are expected to develop an advanced understanding of the underlying theoretical concepts and are required to engage with the approaches in a practical and interactive way, involving exercises and role play.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 24,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 4,000 word essay analysing one of the creative therapy approaches introduced in the course.
||Formative feedback will be provided during listening sessions, group sessions, and in student-led sessions.
Summative feedback will be given on the course paper via Learn.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Display an awareness of the social construction of childhood and the capacity to critically appraise how theoretical concepts inform the perception of and communication with children and young people.
- Understand the advanced theory of children and young people's social, emotional and cognitive development and its relevance for the therapeutic practice with children and young people.
- Identify, implement and evaluate appropriate ways of listening practice based on the advanced understanding of relevant theoretical concepts drawing on a range of creative therapies.
|Hopper, L (2007) Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan|
Axline, V. M. (1990) Dibs: In Search of Self. London: Penguin
Behr, M and Corneluis-White, J (eds) (2008) Facilitating Young People¿s Development: International Perspectives on Person-Centred Theory and Practice, Ross-On-Wye: PCCS Books, Pages 40-51
Cattanach, A (1994) Play Therapy: Where the Sky Meets the Underworld. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Geldard, K and Geldard, D (2008) Counselling Children: A Practical Introduction, London: Sage
Briggs, S (2002) Working with Adolescents: A Contemporary Psychodynamic Approach, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan
Bryant-Jefferies, R (2004) Counselling Young People: Person-Centred Dialogues, Abingdon: Radcliffe Medical Press
Keys, S and Walshaw, T (eds) (2008) Person-Centred Work with Young People: UK Practitioner Perspectives. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books
Oaklander, V (2006) Hidden Treasures: A Map to the Child¿s Inner Self, London: Karnac
Scalzo, C (2010) Therapy with Children: An Existential Perspective, London: Karnac
Varma, V (1997) Troubles of Children and Adolescents, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Walker, S (2005) Culturally Competent Therapy: Working with Children and Young People, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students completing this course will have enhanced their:
- communication skills, especially in relation to non-verbal communication and communicating in relation to emotions.
- capacity to give and receive feedback.
- Self-awareness and capacity to assess their skills and knowledge.
|Course organiser||Mr Alistair Dickson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4328
|Course secretary||Ms Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969