Postgraduate Certificate in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Well-Being; Multidisciplinary Practice


This award-winning and innovative one-year course will run at GCS in Stroud from September 2018, weekly on Thursday afternoons and monthly on Fridays. It is one of the most popular courses within the Tavistock and Portman training portfolio, whose innovative quality has been recognised internally and externally through winning the Heath Education and North and Central East London (HENCEL) award of "Inter-professional Education and Training programme” and "Trainer of the Year award" 2014". The course is now delivered within a number of regional centres across the UK, such as GCS in Stroud.

Developed by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, the course was validated by the University of East London in 2010 and 2014 and is now validated by the University of Essex. It interweaves developmental, psychodynamic and systemic theoretical ideas, into a therapeutic practice orientated course.

We welcome all those who work in the field of child, adolescent or family mental health who wish to improve their knowledge and capabilities. You may be in one of the following roles:

  • Counsellor/psychotherapist who wishes to gain more experience in their field
  • Social Worker
  • Health Visitor
  • Nurse / School Nurse
  • Education Professional
  • Child and adolescent primary mental healthcare worker
  • Child and adolescent mental health services (CYPS) practitioners
  • Working with children in the voluntary or statutory sector
  • Or working, or wanting to work with children and families

Course outline

  • Theoretical seminars and lectures
  • Infant observation and/or family observation seminars
  • Work practice discussions
  • Experiential groups
  • Personal tutorials

Course time & dates 2018-19

  • Thursdays 12.30 - 18.30,  Term 1 4th Oct - 13th Dec 2018; Term 2 10th Jan - 28th March 2019; Term 3 25th April - 23rd May 2019
  • Friday Symposiums 09.30 - 15.30, 7 sessions dates TBC
  • Group Relations Conference, 4 days April 2019 dates TBC (London location)


For more information and details of how to apply please go to:


The course will take place at Alma House, Stroud or suitable alternative facilities.


Applications 2018-19

Applications for this course should be received by Tuesday 31st July. This is to ensure applicants have sufficient time to arrange the details of their work placement with their employer or other organisations / voluntary groups.


Open Days

Open Days are often planned, for further information on the next Open Day please contact the GCS office or check their website.  



Type of course: 
Post Grad
Gloucestershire Counselling Service
Gloucestershire Counselling Service in Stroud, or at suitable alternative facilities