• Part Time
  • London

Website AFNCCF The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Mental Health Research, Training and Treatment

MSc Early Child Development and Clinical Applications

Are you interested in teaching the next generation of child and adolescent researchers and psychotherapists?

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families supports distressed children and their families through innovative therapeutic practice and research, training and promoting awareness of mental health issues. The Centre collaborates with University College London in offering a unique portfolio of postgraduate programmes in child and adolescent mental health, covering both clinical training and research, ranging from certificate to doctoral levels.

The Centre values diversity and aims to have a workforce that reflects this. We encourage applications from all sections of the community.

MSc Early Child Development and Clinical Applications

This two-year full-time MSc programme (previously called Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology) was recently restructured to bring it up to date with current research and clinical practice. This programme continues to have a predominant psychoanalytic approach and provide a comprehensive understanding of child development. However, students will now be able to apply their learning in a supervised clinical placement normally in the Early Years and Prevention Department at the Centre, a two-year parent-infant observation, as well as conducting a substantial two-year research project. The programme will have a strong focus on early child development and parenthood (prenatal to 5 years of age) and how the early years impact later development in adolescence, adulthood and becoming a parent. Psychoanalytic theories will be studied alongside contemporary research in developmental psychology and neuroscience, as well as different approaches to contemporary clinical practice. In this way, we hope to start a meaningful dialogue between psychoanalysis and other disciplines, allowing cross-fertilisation and consideration of the relevance and application of psychoanalysis and other theories in multiple settings in today’s world. The MSc will have an intake of around 15 students each year (a total of 30 students when Year 1 students and Year 2 students are running concurrently).

We are currently recruiting for several roles (please see table below) for this MSc programme. We are looking for experienced, motivated and enthusiastic individuals. Full job descriptions and person specifications for all Module Lead and Associate Clinical Tutor posts are available to download from the vacancy page. Candidates are welcome to apply to more than one post. Please indicate which post(s) you wish to apply for in your Supporting Statement.

Prevention in Mental Health Module Lead
Salary: £37,000 – £50,000

(depending on experience) FTE per annum

pro-rata, plus 6% contributory pension scheme

Working hours: Total of 130 hours per annum – Term 3 only
Module will introduce the concept of preventive mental health, focusing on 1) general promotion of mental health, identifying protective factors and coping mechanisms and 2) selective preventive interventions in high-risk groups.

Multidisciplinarity and Multiple Perspectives in Early Years Module Lead
Salary: £37,000 – £50,000

(depending on experience) FTE per annum

pro-rata, plus 6% contributory pension scheme

Working hours: Total of 130 hours per annum – Term 3 only
Module will look at important networks in early work, liaising between health visitors, GP, therapists, nurseries, social workers, child psychotherapists, parent-infant psychotherapists etc.

Associate Clinical Tutor
Salary: £38,000 – £50,000

(depending on experience) FTE per annum

pro-rata, plus 6% contributory pension scheme

Working hours: 7 to 14 hours per week (364 to 728 hours per annum), subject to candidate availability and funding
The main purpose of the post is to ensure students have good-standard placement opportunities, as well as take a lead role, alongside the Programme Director, in developing, monitoring and reviewing the second-year clinical placements

Post-holders will be primarily based at the Anna Freud Centre, 4-8 Rodney Street, London N1 9JH, although some work might be done remotely.

Please email Recruitment@annafreud.org if you require assistance or experience difficulties in applying. Please note all our posts require candidates to have the Right to Work in the UK at the time of applying and we do not hold a sponsorship licence.

Closing date for applications

Midday (12pm), Monday 29 November 2021.

Notification of interview

Shortlisted applicants will be notified no later than Wednesday 1 December 2021.

Please note: due to volume of applications expected, we will be unable to notify unsuccessful candidates.


Interviews will be held on Monday 6 December and Monday 13 December 2021.

How to apply

For more information about this role and to apply, please go to annafreud.org/vacancies/

We are unable to accept CVs and kindly request no contact from agencies.


To apply for this job email your details to recruitment@annafreud.org.

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