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Introduction to Counselling Young People

This is a 5 day course held online that has been developed in line with the BACP Stage 1 curriculum for counselling young people.. It will be held on the following dates

October 20th  2023

November 10th  2023

November 24th 2023

December 1st  2023

December 8th  2023

Each day runs between 9.30 and 3.30pm.

The fee is £400 which can be paid either in full or in three instalments.

If you are interested please email

Course Information:

This Course is for counsellors in their final year of training and qualified, practising counsellors and psychotherapists. It will cover all of part one of the BACP’s counselling young people (12-18 years) training curriculum.

There is rising concern for the mental health of young people, and this course will provide a clear and relevant understanding of the basic professional knowledge and skills needed to be an effective counsellor of young people and will allow counsellors to explore and increase their knowledge and clinical skills in their work with young people, in line with the current expectations of the profession.

In addition, it will also actively engage participants with the BACP ethical framework and will apply it to best practice in counselling young people, promoting the best outcomes for young people and their mental health and encouraging counsellors to practice in ethical and effective ways.

Using both theory and practical activities, the course will encourage individual and group learning and will be ideal for those who recognise the importance of experiential and practical learning – crucial in working with this age group.

Participants will be expected to take responsibility for their own learning. Participants are asked to be willing to engage with all the group members during all group activities, to further advance the whole group’s learning, as practice time, including creative and expressive exercises, are built into every session.

The full course guide will be provided on day one.

  • Introduction and overview.

  • Ethical Considerations when working with young people

  • Rights and responsibilities - relevant case law and safeguarding, and risk assessment.

  • Organisational contexts.

  • Major differences in clinical work with young people.

  • Key person-centred and psychodynamic theoretical concepts including developmental models of childhood in working with young people.

  • Clinical application and practice issues

  • Case study applications and skills practice.

  • Ethical framework, challenges, and risks when working with young people.

  • Relationship with caregivers.

  • Use of supervision.

  • Endings and young people.

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