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Postgraduate Course: Creative Therapies with Children and Young People (CNST11075)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides an advanced examination of the use of creative therapies with children and young people.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Reading List
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

Additional Information
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.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Alistair Dickson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4328
Course secretaryMs Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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