We are a child psychotherapeutic training and research institute that is ground breaking in its approach having developed a reputation for being the best provider in our field. We are known for pioneering best practice in specialist clinical psychotherapeutic care to enable children to work through their experiences of past trauma in a safe environment. 

We are able to do this by providing fully immersive and pioneering work-based training free to all of our therapeutic staff to best equip you to care for and treat severely disturbed children and young people to positively impact their lives so that they can fulfil their potential. This is a completely unique offer which is deeply valued by our staff. You will be paid to work whilst applying the theory of iST in practice.

We also encourage and support continuing professional development across the organisation whatever your role by offering relevant training opportunities which enable you to get the best out of your working life and to provide you with the strongest platform from which to progress in your career with us.  

I started at CF as a therapeutic care-worker in 2008, having just turned 24. In 2012 I got promoted to team leader, completed my iST training and got registered with UKCP. I then moved on and did a course in supervision and then more recently I’ve completed my level 5 diploma in children home management. 6 months ago I got promoted to Assistant Director.   

iST is based in practice. It’s based in reality. It’s not just theory.

Academic and Clinical Accreditation

iST Institute training is accredited academically by Middlesex University.

iST Institute training is accredited clinically by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).