Centre of Therapeutic Parenting Studies
Level 3 Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting

Level 3





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Level 3 Diploma in

Therapeutic Parenting

The Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting is an unregulated qualification which is accredited with the Awarding Body NCFE.

It is aimed at parents who are caring for children who have experienced developmental trauma. It is also aimed at supporting professionals who are working with families in order to support them, which can be used as evidence for Continual Professional Development (CPD).


The course is delivered online, with the option of full time (1 year) or part time (2 years) study. To achieve the Diploma learners will complete 400 guided learning hours through our online learning platform, which comprises of video-based tuition and knowledge checks throughout, to enable learners to complete the end of unit assessments. Learners will be provided with tutor support as well as peer supported learning through a forum where there is the opportunity to access online training and online assessment workshops to support their learning. A handbook, including all relevant information will also be provided at the start of the course.

The Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting is made up of 10 units altogether, this comprises of 7 compulsory units and in addition a choice of 3 option units. Learners will be required to complete a total of 10 units of study.


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Course Objectives

  • Give learners a comprehensive overview of how children become traumatised, the effects on the child, and the resulting behaviours.

  • Enable learners to understand the importance of using therapeutic parenting techniques with children who have experienced early childhood trauma.

  • Identify reasons why children with attachment difficulties provoke strong responses in Carers.

  • Enable Carers to recognise their own responses to children with attachment difficulties.

  • Assist carers in recognising and managing compassion fatigue/ blocked care.

  • Provide parents and carers with the skills and knowledge to avoid feeling disempowered and therefore lessen the impact of blocked care (compassion fatigue).

  • Provide supporting professionals and mentoring carers with the skills and knowledge to identify manage and support others in blocked care (optional unit).

  • Equip parents and carers with the skills and knowledge to begin to work therapeutically with children with attachment difficulties.

  • Enable parents and carers to apply practical therapeutic parenting behaviour management strategies, when working with children who have suffered early life trauma.

  • Enable parents, carers and supporting professionals to identify therapeutic parenting models and apply the P.A.C.E model.

  • Equip parents, carers and supporting professionals with the tools to solve complex relationship issues between professionals and carers caring for traumatised children.



Our course has been accredited by NCFE, an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England and Wales. NCFE’s regulators are the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England, and the Welsh Government in Wales. This course isn’t yet regulated by Ofqual but has been accredited by NCFE as a Customised Award.

We have benchmarked the course’s learning outcomes at Level 3 (using a national framework’s level descriptors) to allow you to consider the difficulty and depth of study.

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"The course was interesting with a variety of information sources. It was broken down into manageable sections which helped keep me motivated and engaged"

Continual Professional Development

The Diploma will develop learners knowledge and understanding of developmental trauma, attachment theory, therapeutic parenting models and strategies.

This will give learners confidence to apply strategies and use therapeutic parenting.

The Diploma will enable learners to gain the knowledge and experience to enable them to work in a support/advocacy role when working with parents and children with developmental trauma.

It will also provide evidence for Continual Professional Development (CPD) for parents and professionals who work with children and their families, adding a specialism to their toolkit of skills.


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Therapeutic Parenting


On successful completion of the Diploma, learners will have the opportunity to enrol on the Therapeutic Parenting Coach Certificate, endorsed by NAOTP. This will help them to develop skills in supporting other parents to develop their skills in Therapeutic Parenting, and to facilitate support groups.


Upon completion, learners will be added to NAOTP’s recommended professionals list for Therapeutic Parenting support services.

More Information

For more information, or to order an application form for the Level 3 Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting, see here or Contact Us.






This programme is aimed at parents who are new to Therapeutic Parenting and looking for a detailed insight into the subject.

Parents will learn the core principles of Therapeutic Parenting, in order to begin to develop a trusting relationship with their children. Parents will gain an underpinning knowledge of Therapeutic Parenting and will be able to implement strategies learnt from the programme, in order to support their child into adulthood.

The programme includes the following topics:

  • Understanding the Child.

  • Understanding Myself.

  • Understanding Therapeutic Parenting.

  • Initial Therapeutic Parenting Strategies.

  • Advanced Therapeutic Parenting Strategies.

  • Working with others (to support the child).

The course is mainly online - learners are also required to attend a Therapeutic Parenting support group regularly throughout the programme. In addition to this learners have support from a programme facilitator and peer support for their studies, through an online forum.

Can be studied over 1 year full, 4 hours of study per week.

Therapeutic Parenting Programme

More Information

For more information and an application form, Contact Us quoting reference: Therapeutic Parenting Programme.

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