Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People

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A 10 day course over five 2-day blocks for Counselling & Psychotherapy students and qualified counsellors/psychotherapists who work with children and young people or who wish to work with this age group.

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.

It will consider the recently developed competencies for counsellors of young people and will give participants an opportunity to meet some of the criteria for senior accreditation as a CYP counsellor.

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: £1200


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?

Counselling & Psychotherapy students and qualified counsellors/psychotherapists who are already working with children and young people and would like an opportunity to reflect on and deepen their learning.

Counselling & Psychotherapy students and qualified counsellors/psychotherapists who are interested in beginning to work therapeutically with children and young people.


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.


The course will take place in five 2 day modules


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.

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