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Recruit to Train - CYP-MH Therapy PGDip (RtT)

Please note: Recruitment for 2024 has now concluded. This page is in the process of being updated for 2025

About the Course

CYP-MH courses are funded by NHS England (formerly Health Education England) with the aims of expanding the workforce to build capacity and fill gaps in provision. The courses run are delivered to current Managers, Supervisors and newly recruited practitioners in CAMHS & 3rd Sector services. 

There are five courses related to CYP-MH training. This page is dedicated to the CYP-MH Recruit to Train, or also known as the Children and Young Persons Mental Health Therapy Programme  

This Postgraduate Diploma provides specialist post-qualification training for recruited professionals with some experience. Practitioners will gain a critical understanding of the CYP-MH model of service change, outcome monitoring, and fundamentals of evidence-based psychological therapies to treat common mental health problems in childhood and adolescence (anxiety, depression, and conduct problems). 

Depending on funding and course viability, students will apply a specific specialization and develop skills in one of the below modalities held at either UCL or KCL:  


  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A)  
  • Infant Mental Health (0-5s) 
  • Autism Spectrum Condition or Learning Difficulties (ASC/LD) 
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) 


For more information about CYP-MH courses at KCL, please contact

For information about the Recruit to Train programmes based at UCL (Anna Freud Centre), please visit the AFC webpage.

How to apply

The Therapy programmes are not standalone CYP MH training courses. Each programme requires potential candidates to apply for both the University led training course and the role within a  participating mental health service.

Service application process

We expect services to begin advertising from mid-late August 2023. This is often through sites such as and so we recommend setting up automatic job searches/notifications with the following terms:

  • ‘Recruit to Train Practitioner’ 
  • ‘CYP IAPT practitioner’ 
  • “ASC/LD practitioner’ or some other format of each modality

KCL application process

It is essential that you read the information below carefully prior to completing the application.

  • Please be sure to complete all the sections of the form with all relevant information (all questions with a red asterisk next to them are mandatory and you will not be able to submit without answering these).
  • You must submit a completed application form – we cannot process any incomplete applications.

To apply: click on the following link to apply to KCL online: (Please use either Google Chrome or Firefox as your browser. The application portal is not optimised for Internet Explorer).

For information on how to apply to KCL online, please refer to the application guidance:

KCL Therapy Wave 12 Jan 2024 - KCL Application Guidance.pdf

When to apply

The KCL application portal will open on the 31st of July 2023. The deadline for applications is Monday 20th November 2023.

Services will begin advertising in roles between Aug/Sep 2023 and Nov/Dec 2023. Teaching will start on Monday 22nd January 2024.

Entry requirements

Qualifications: Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant academic subject (e.g. Psychology, Education, Childhood development, Social Work etc), O:R any subject with further training or experience in a relevant field (e.g. Teaching/TA; Learning Support; HCA; Youth Work; Counselling etc).*

AND/OR a registerable professional qualification (e.g. as a counselling/clinical/educational psychologist, social worker, counselor, mental health nurse, teacher/SENCO, occupational therapist).*

*Unless otherwise stated.

Each programme also has individual requirements:

Modality Requirement
SFP Applications MAY be considered from those with relevant first degrees who do not have a registerable professional training, if they have at least 3 years experience in a CAMHS or equivalent setting.
PT Two years experience of working within a professional setting concerned with the mental health, development and wellbeing of children and young people or families.
 CBT At least 1 year’s experience working therapeutically with children/young people in a mental health setting.

English Language Requirements: Capability to complete academic work at postgraduate diploma level, including IELTS or equivalent to the appropriate level for students with English as a foreign language (BAND D)

Recruitment Updates

Please find below a list of trainee roles currently being advertised by available services. Please note: this list is updated when roles become available

KCL CYP MH RtT allocatons 2023-24.docx

Mailing list

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