Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People

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A 10 day course over five 2-day blocks plus 3 evening online seminars of 2 hours each.

The course introduces and develops the concepts and practice of counselling Children & Young People and will support practitioners to work with clients ranging from very young children through to 18 year olds. Some students will be trainee Counsellor/Psychotherapists and using the learning to support them to access placements with Children & Young People. Some students will already be qualified and considering working with Children & Young People, others will be already practising with Children & Young People and will use the course to reflect on their practice and deepen their learning.

The course is based on the philosophies and principles of the person centred approach.

It will support participants to fulfil their personal and professional learning needs and to develop their own approaches to counselling children and young people, whatever their theoretical training.

The learning on the course supports work with clients ranging from very young children through to 18 year olds. We are awaiting BACP’s curriculum for working with children (4-11 years) and intend to integrate the learning outcomes into our course. We have already developed the course to meet the majority of learning outcomes detailed in the BACP’s evidenced informed curriculum framework for working with young people (11–18 years).

The course content has been excellent – very thought provoking and a real reminder of how much more there is to learn. I really feel that this course has come just at the right time for me. It has been absolutely brilliant and completely met all my expectations. Sharing such a wealth of experience has just been fantastic. The group has been so warm, safe & supportive; it has given me much more confidence.

Cost: £1300

Dates

6th, 7th Oct 2018

10th, 11th Nov 2018

1st, 2nd Dec 2018

5th, 6th Jan 2019

2nd, 3rd Mar 2019

This course will take place in Sheffield

 

We have also scheduled 3 online seminars as a space to develop course themes, the seminars will be hosted on Zoom, an online video conferencing platform and the dates are:

 

22nd Nov 2018 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm

6th Dec 2018 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm

7th Feb 2019 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm

 

Deadline for applications 10th September 2018

 

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for applicants who are either students on a Counselling & Psychotherapy Diploma course or qualified to Diploma level in counselling or psychotherapy.

Applicants will normally have completed 100 hours of counselling practice. Where this in not the case, applicants who have relevant skills and experience may be considered.

Applicants ideally will have some experience of establishing appropriate relationships with Children and Young People in a professional context (paid or voluntary). Where this isn’t the case, this can be discussed with the Course Facilitator.

Aims

To develop a co-operative mutual learning environment in which participants may practice and develop their skills and knowledge in working with children and young people.

To discuss key concepts, issues and practice in counselling CYP, including practitioners’ personal philosophy; the context for the work; responsibilities; confidentiality and consent.

We aim to support your development as a reflective practitioner. We offer opportunities to deepen your understanding and practice of counselling CYP.

Structure

The course will take place in five 2 day modules

Philosophy

This course is based on the philosophies & principles of the person-centred approach. It supports you to identify, articulate and fulfill your own personal and professional learning needs, and to develop your own approaches to counselling CYP, whatever your theoretical training, orientation and practice.

Throughout the course there will be opportunities for large and small group discussion, experiential work & group supervision style exploration of practice issues. Self & peer assessment will form part of the course.

Content

We expect to develop the content of the course in collaboration with you. These are some of the issues we may look at, and you may bring others.

The practitioner

An opportunity to explore how your beliefs/ values/ experiences may impact on your work with CYP

The personal philosophy/ theories underpinning your work with CYP

Professional issues

Working with risk and responsibility

The law relating to work with CYP

Confidentiality, capacity + consent

Ethical decision making

Safeguarding/ Child Protection

Understanding the context for the work including working with other adults and managing boundaries

Multi-agency working

Theory

Person centred theory and children and young people – an opportunity to explore and develop your understanding of PC theory in relation to the work, including an exploration of the theoretical underpinnings of non-directive play therapy

Child Development theories

Practice

Participants will have the opportunity to experience communicating using different media including: sand, miniatures, puppets, art, story

Supervision

Group supervision style exploration of issues arising from your work with CYP

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for applicants who are either students on a Counselling & Psychotherapy Diploma course and have completed 100 hours of counselling practice or qualified to Diploma level in counselling or psychotherapy and have completed 100 hours of counselling practice. Applicants ideally will have some experience of establishing appropriate relationships with Children and Young People in a professional context (paid or voluntary).  Where this isn’t the case, this can be discussed with the Course Facilitator.

Assessment

Start of course:

  • Learning agreement: a statement to be shared with group members detailing what has brought you to the course (your motivation and history) what you hope for from the course and what you are prepared to put into it

Middle of course:

  • Presentation of 15 minutes about an area relevant to counselling CYP that you have researched using: books, articles, online resources, interviews etc

End of course:

  • End of course reflection: a statement to be shared with group members reflecting on your experience of the course and your learning from the course (flexible format)

A written assignment of 2,500 words (+/- 10%):

  • This assignment requires you to describe specifically the theory you use when working with C&YP and give examples of how you respond to clients based on this theory.  It also requires you to give an example of a Safeguarding issue and its impact on the counselling relationship; explain your understanding of ‘Gillick Competence’ and how it applies to working with C&YP. In addition, you will need to describe how you adapt your approach to the age range of your clients.

Learning Outcomes

The learning on the course supports work with clients ranging from very young children through to 18 year olds. We are awaiting BACP’s curriculum for working with children (4-11 years) and intend to integrate the learning outcomes into our course. We have already developed the course to meet the majority of learning outcomes detailed in the BACP’s evidenced informed curriculum framework for working with young people (11–18 years).

Click here to download a PDF table mapping the learning outcomes from the BACP’s evidenced informed curriculum framework to the Temenos assessment process.

Course FAQ

 

Is the course accredited?

BACP’s course accreditation scheme is only relevant for courses of at least 400 hours which require participants to complete 100 hours of client work as part of the course.  As this is a post qualification course of 10 days duration, we are not eligible to apply for accreditation.

 

Is the certificate sufficient to qualify me to start working with CYP? 

BACP have produced Competencies for counsellors working with Young People and a 3 stage Curriculum for Courses for counsellors who want to work with Young People.

You can access both here: https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/competences-and-curricula/ The certificate course will consider most of the areas in the competencies and will aim to meet the learning objectives of stage one of the curriculum and parts of stage 2.  The aim is that by the end of the course, you will feel ready to work with Children and Young People.

 

What ages will the course qualify me to work with? 

The course focuses on the full age range of children and young people, from very young children up to young adults. Rather than thinking about what age of child or young person you are qualified to work with, I would encourage you to reflect, at the end of the course, on what ages you feel ready to work with.  This course encourages learners to play an active role in their learning and to come to the course having thought about what they want to learn. You will get most out f the course if you approach it in this spirit.  Courses have a very good student/ tutor ratio (there will be no more than 9 people on the course) and the content of each course will be tailored the needs of the students.

 

Does the course have an external awarding body?

Temenos is an independent training organisation based in Sheffield, which
has been delivering high quality counsellor training for over 20 years.
Successful participants on the C and Y P Course receive a Certificate or Diploma in
Counselling Children and Young People awarded by Temenos.  We do not have an external awarding body.

About Sue Lewis

Sue Lewis

Since qualifying as a counsellor in 1998, Sue has worked which children, young people and adults in a variety of contexts. This includes working in the NHS, the Voluntary Sector, Employee Assistance Programmes and in Private Practice.

For 9 years Sue was employed by Relate’s young people’s counselling service, providing counselling in primary and secondary schools. She currently works on a self-employed basis as a secondary school counsellor, as well as seeing adults, children and young people in private practice in Derbyshire.

Sue is a senior accredited counsellor and supervisor with BACP. Sue has been supervising since 2004, both privately and for organisations. This includes offering individual and group supervision to counsellors working with young people. Having previously worked as a primary school teacher, Sue has worked with children and young people all her working life.

Sue is passionate about the Person-centred Approach, and has co-facilitated a Person-centred counselling diploma course in Nottingham for 4 years Sue is also interested in exploring how teachers and others in caring professions can be supported in their work.

Website: www.suelewiscounselling.co.uk