Child Psychotherapy Trust

The Child Psychotherapy Trust ran from 1987 and was wound up in 2004 having successfully completed a wide range of projects. The Scottish Child Psychotherapy Trust, an independent charity, continues to exist

The Association of Child Psychotherapists can give information about training to become a child and adolescent child psychotherapist.

Click on the list below to go straight to a Child Psychotherapy Trust project summary.


Understanding Childhood

A series of leaflets, booklet and poster written by experienced child psychotherapists to give insight into the child’s feelings and view of the world. Helps parents and those who care for, and work with children and families, to make sense of their behaviour. Used by many thousands of parents, parenting organisations, health visitors, doctors, teachers, childcare and play practitioners, students and health educators. Evaluation demonstrates that the leaflets are both effective in bringing about change and highly appreciated by parents and professionals. See Our leaflets section.


Early Days – an early intervention and prevention project

Many emotional, cognitive and inter-personal problems of adulthood have causal roots that go back to early experiences. The Early Days early intervention project disseminated information about the emotional relationships and attachments between babies, parents and primary carers to help reduce the possibility of problems developing between them. Four publications were produced, see Other publications section. Much of the Early Days project was in partnership with the Association for Infant Mental Health UK


Community Networks project – raising awareness of the emotional world of children

The Community Networks outreach project ran from April 1998 to March 2002 and provided 121 sessions, seminars and workshops led by child psychotherapists to groups working mainly with under-eights in the community such as schools, family-centres, foster care professionals, bereavement groups, contact centres and nurseries. Some groups were also carried out with parents. The aim was to raise awareness of the emotional world of children and their impact on adults, to extend participants’ understanding and increase the profile of child psychotherapy and to understand and strengthen relationships with children. The project developed an effective model of workshop provision and identified the need for such sessions amongst Tier 1 workers.
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Next Steps – community partnerships with local child psychotherapists

Next Steps project evolved from the recommendations and outcomes from the evaluation of the Community Networks project This project developed and provided child psychotherapy sessions to professionals working with children in care, teenage parents and other such hard to reach families with the objective of enhancing the skills of the professionals and parents. Sessions included a mix of work discussion groups, thematic/topic groups or observation.


Child Refugee Victims of Torture – therapy with refugee or asylum seeking families

The project has provided specialist child psychotherapy and counselling to about 100 children and families since 1993 jointly with the Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture. The results of the work are being disseminated to teachers to help troubled refugee children in school by means of a booklet called Far from the battle but still at war, available in Other publications section.


Child Psychotherapy Advice Line

The Advice Line closed on 30 September 2002 following a three-year pilot. Over 1000 calls and referrals were made via the Line during 2001/2 from parents and professionals across the country. Evaluation of this 12 month period demonstrated extremely high satisfaction levels and effectiveness. Executive summary
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The Child’s Eye: using film in personal social and health education in primary schools to explore childhood emotional development

All children need to be able to think about and talk about their feelings. The Childs Eye resource introduces the use of film to support Key stage 1 and 2 in the Personal Social and Health Education curriculum providing an opportunity to discuss childhood emotions and experiences in a well-structured educational setting. Available in Other publications section.


Child Psychotherapy Training Awards

The project raised over £330,000 to support the training of 141 child psychotherapists. Child psychotherapy trainees undergo a minimum of four years specialist post-graduate training.
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Putting Child Psychotherapy on the Map – a project that promoted child psychotherapy services

The project disseminated information about child psychotherapy to all those with an interest in planning and providing children’s services in health and local authorities and non-statutory child care agencies. Promoted ways in which child psychotherapy contributes to services for children and young people in social services, education, hospital and specialist services, youth justice system, juvenile and family court work. Three publications are available:
Putting child psychotherapy on the map – Download PDF, 8 pages A4
Is child psychotherapy effective? – Download PDF, 12 pages A4
With children in mind – Download PDF, 16 pages A4