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Level 5 Diploma

in Developing Emotional Well-Being in Children and Adolescents – Convergent Practice

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A complete guide to training for carers in play and creative arts therapies


  • 9 month course
  • 60% Theory, 40% Practical
  • In person
  • Course Fees are £2,415.00
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The overall purpose of this Diploma 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.

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.

On completion of the Level 5 Diploma students can potentially access our Post Graduate Play Therapy Programme via our Recognised Prior Learning Route. This involves the completion of five selected written assignments before commencing the Certificate course.


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.

This Diploma 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

Applicants must also be aged 21 years or over, hold a current Enhanced DBS/ Access NI/ Garda Vetting/ Scottish PVG Check valid within the last three years in child workforce and includes the children’s barred list 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.

  • RQF level 3/4 in a related field of study g., counselling, education, childcare, youthwork
  • 5 years minimum experience working in a related field e.g., caring, nursing, family support officer, early years, teaching
  • Or experience of working with children and/or adolescents e.g., Learning Support Assistant, Guiding or Scout leader, Early Years Professional, Early Help Worker, Childminder, Foster carer

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

The Diploma 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
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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

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


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.

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