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Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People (L5 CPCAB)

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 other relevant membership bodies)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 theory, practice and experiential work, 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.

The full course guide will be provided once you have enrolled on the course but will cover these elements:

•Introduction and overview.
•Ethical Considerations when working with young people, including the challenges and risks 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 humanistic and psychodynamic theoretical concepts including attachment and developmental models of childhood relevant to working with young people.
•Clinical application and practice issues
•Case study applications and skills practice.
•Relationship with caregivers.
Use of supervision.

The course is held face to face on the dates as below.

There is a requirement to gain 60 hours of client work with children and young people (this can be in a paid or voluntary capacity, with an agency or in private practice)

The course fee is £1750 (including registration with CPCAB) ***

Instalment plans are negotiated individually and are offered to all students.

*** Please note that should you choose to leave the course early the outstanding course fee must be paid in full within 30 days of leaving.


Course Dates

This course is held over 9 two day blocks of study per month: Friday and Saturday 

16th & 17th September 2022

14th & 15th October 2022

11th & 12th November 2022

9th & 10th December 2022

13th & 14th January 2023

10th & 11th February 2023

24th & 25th March 2023

21st & 22nd April 2023

19th & 20th May 2023



To achieve this qualification you will need to undertake a minimum of 60 hours of formally contracted counselling with children and young people. These will need to include assessment and work with at least 4 different clients between the ages of 11 and 18. This can be in a school or young person's counselling service or in private practice.

During the course you will be required to have 20 hours minimum of personal counselling.

Fee: £1750 (this includes the registration fee for CPCAB)

This fee can be pa​id in instalments.

*** Please note that should you choose to leave the course early the outstanding course fee must be paid in full within 30 days of leaving.

Please call Lorna Marchant or email to request an application form.


Course venue

The course will be held face to face at 

Church Lane Community Centre

Church Lane 


There is free parking at the centre.

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