Seminar Leader - MSc Early Child Development and Clinical Applications

Job Title: Seminar Leader - MSc Early Child Development and Clinical Applications
Contract Type: Contract
Location: London
Salary: To be discussed
Reference: AF103
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Job Published: June 14, 2021 11:24

Job Description

Seminar Leader - MSc Early Child Development and Clinical Applications 

Location: London

Application: Deadline 23 June 2021 12:00

Vacancy Type: Fixed Term/Part Time

Contract Duration: 12 months in the first instance

Hours per week and working pattern Part-time (70 hours per annum – for one seminar group, subject to interest, there may be the possibility of delivering two seminar groups)

Are you interested in teaching the next generation of early child development clinicians and researchers?

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. In April 2019, the Centre opened its new Centre of Excellence located in King’s Cross. The Centre collaborates with University College London (UCL) 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.

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 Service 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-fertilization 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).

The main purpose of the Parent-Infant Observation Seminar Leader post is to deliver weekly parent-infant observation seminars throughout the two years of the programme and mark the two observation assignments. We are looking for experienced, motivated and enthusiastic psychoanalytic clinicians. Full Job Descriptions and Person Specifications and other relevant roles can be found at We are also recruiting for Module Leads and Course Tutors for this MSc programme.

The post-holder will be primarily based at the Anna Freud Centre, 4-8 Rodney Street, London N1 9JH where weekly seminars with students will be held. Some meetings and other work may be done remotely.

Please email 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. 

Contract duration
Fixed term, 12 months in the first instance. 

Closing date for applications
Midday (12pm), Wednesday 23 June 2021.

Notification of interview
Shortlisted applicants will be notified no later than Thursday 24 June 2021.
Please note: due to volume of applications expected, we will be unable to notify unsuccessful candidates.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 30 June, Thursday 1 July and Friday 2 July 2021.

How to apply
Please click on the 'Apply now’ button to view the full Job Description, Person Specification and to apply.
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