Level 5 Diploma in Developing Emotional Well-Being in Children and Adolescents - Convergent Practice

The overall purpose of this course is to empower students to speak knowledgeably with parents, families and other relevant professionals, whilst simultaneously equipping them to use Play- and Creative Arts-Based interventions to support the emotional well-being of the children and adolescents they work with.

This qualification has been developed to meet the specific needs of our learners and has been accredited by NCFE demonstrating the quality and rigor.

Designed For

This course is designed for professionals whose work involves the emotional well-being of children and adolescents and wish to enhance their knowledge and skills to understand the complex needs of those they work with.

It is suitable for professionals currently working with children and adolescents in any of the following areas:

Education and Childcare

  • Teachers
  • SENCOs
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Mental Health Leads
  • Learning Mentors
  • Emotional Well-Being Practitioners
  • Family Liaison Officers
  • Child minders

Health and Social Care

  • Social Workers
  • Health Visitors
  • Foster Carers
  • Children’s Residential Home Staff

Entry Criteria

Entry Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply for this course, applicants must be able to meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Hold an RQF Level 3 or 4 Qualification in a related field of study, such as Counselling, Education, Childcare or Youth Work
  • Be able to evidence a minimum of two years’ experience of working in a related field such as Caring, Nursing or Family Support Work
  • Be able to demonstrate experience of working with children and/or adolescents, for example as a Learning Support Assistant, Guiding or Scout Leader, Early Years Professional, Early Help Worker, Childminder or Foster Carer

Applicants must also be aged 21 years or over, hold a current Enhanced DBS check and satisfy our suitability to work with children checks. It is expected that potential students will be of sufficient emotional maturity to be able to engage with the taught material.

Learning Objectives

This course aims to enable school staff and related professionals to:

  • Work more empathetically in the classroom with appropriate pupils
  • Identify pupils who need social or therapeutic support
  • Discuss children’s problems knowledgeably with their parents
  • Provide career progression opportunities for training in therapeutic work

Course Structure

The Level 5 in Developing Emotional Well-Being in Children and Adolescents is achieved through:

  • 120 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) delivered over five, three-day blocks (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) across a nine-month period
  • Coursework completion, including a well-being intervention with an individual child or group; personal study time is anticipated to total approximately 369 hours


The total duration of the course is 9 months.

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is the number of notional hours which represents an estimate of the total amount of time that could reasonably be expected to be required in order to achieve and demonstrate the achievement for this qualification.

The TQT Value for this qualification is 360

Course Dates

The next intake of this Course will commence on Friday 30th September 2022 with training delivered at etc. venues Chancery Lane in Holborn, London over the following five training weekends:

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4 Block 5
30th September – 2nd October 2022 2nd – 4th December 2022 3rd – 5th February 2023 21st – 23rd April 2023 23rd – 25th June 2023

Learning Methods

The course lends itself to a broad spectrum of delivery styles. Each session will consist of approximately 60% theory, seminar or discussion exercises and 40% experiential work or skills practise.

All taught sessions will blend a variety of learning and teaching approaches, including aspects of:

  • Seminars
  • Prior session reading
  • Individual reflection
  • Pair/Trio work
  • Small group process work
  • Full group discussion
  • Role plays
  • Practice sessions
  • Experiential Play- and Arts-based exercises
  • Learner presentations
  • Peer group feedback
  • Trainer feedback
  • Individual tutorials
  • Learning diary writing
  • Individual on-line projects
  • Research
  • Case study writing


The Developing Emotional Well-Being in Children and Adolescents programme of study comprises seven mandatory units and learning is evidenced through meeting the Learning Outcomes for each respective unit. Learning Outcomes of one unit are likely to also meet the Learning Outcomes of another, due to the blended teaching methodology in the programme.

Assessment will be an ongoing process throughout the duration of the taught programme. Learners will be encouraged to be creative in collating their evidence of learning and meet the Learning Outcomes from an appropriately wide range of possibilities, thus ensuring openness in approach and inclusion.

Assessment will also include the completion of a learning diary, individual on-line projects, research and a case study, all of which will be presented in a Portfolio towards the end of the course.


Developing Emotional Well-Being in Children and Adolescents has been accredited by NCFE as a Customised Qualification and we have benchmarked its learning outcomes and assessment criteria at Level 5 (using a national framework’s level descriptors) to allow you to demonstrate the difficulty and depth of study.

On completion of the Customised Qualification, learners will receive a certificate of achievement as evidence of the knowledge and skills gained by completing the qualification. This qualification has been accredited by NCFE as a Customised Qualification and the certificate of achievement will be issued directly by NCFE.

The level descriptors for this qualification are as follows:

Unit 1 Use communication skills to facilitate convergent practice to develop emotion well-being in children and adolescents
Unit 2 Exercise Autonomy and Judgement within Legal and Ethical Aspects of working in a convergent way with Children and Adolescents to develop emotional well-being
Unit 3 Integrate and Work with Work-Place Health and Safety policies to develop emotional well-being in children and adolescents in a convergent way
Unit 4 Use Relevant Child Development and Attachment Theories to Inform convergent Practice to develop emotional well-being in children and adolescents
Unit 5 Use Play and Creative Intervention Skills in a convergent way to develop emotional well-being in children and adolescents
Unit 6 Evaluate and work with Specialist Support and Research to inform convergent practice to develop emotional well-being in children and adolescents
Unit 7 Professional and personal development


NCFE is an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England (Ofqual), Wales (Qualifications Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA Regulation). This is an unregulated qualification and is not a nationally recognised qualification.



Course fees are not inclusive of accommodation or travel; onsite bed and breakfast accommodation is available at the majority of our Training Centres, but this must be booked directly with the Venue and will incur an additional charge.

Why Study with APAC?

The Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC) are the leading Play and Creative Arts Therapy training providers. We have over 20 years’ experience of delivering our training programmes and have taught over 6,000 therapists from all over the world.