Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People

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The Diploma builds on the Certificate course and further develops the learning of practitioners and includes a requirement for supervised counselling practice with Children & Young People.

If you are working towards BACP Accreditation, completion of the Certificate & Diploma coursework will support you to meet 2 of the 4 Reflective Practice Criteria in the Accreditation application.

If you are already BACP Accredited and are considering applying for Senior Accreditation (Children & Young People), completion of the Certificate & Diploma coursework will support you to meet all of the Reflective Practice Criteria in the Senior Accreditation application.

The course will consist of five 2-day blocks plus 3 evening online seminars of 2 hours each.

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


2nd & 3rd November 2019

30th November & 1st December 2019

4th & 5th January 2020

1st & 2nd February 2020

28th & 29th March 2020

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:


12th December 2019 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm

16th January 2020 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm

12th March 2020 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm


Deadline for applications 7th October 2019


Who is the course for?

Students who have completed the Temenos Certificate in Counselling Children & Young People.

Applicants to the course will already have a minimum of 20 practice hours with Children & Young People and then complete a further 30 hours during the course.


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 plus 3 evening online seminars of 2 hours each.


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

Succesful completion of the Temenos Certificate in Counselling Children & Young People.

Applicants to the course will already have a minimum of 20 practice hours with Children & Young People and then complete a further 30 hours during the course.


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 20 minutes about either:
    • Using measures & monitoring outcomes
    • Working with cultural diversity
    • Mental health, pharmacology & Young People
    • Child & adolescent development

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)

Case study  (4000 words +/- 10%)

  • Use examples from your work with children and young people to:
    • Show how you manage an initial session with a client, develop a contract for the therapeutic work and agree on what you might work on together. Include reference to the use of outcome measures if you use them.
    • Show how you use creative methods and resources to help the young person express, reflect on and make sense of their experiences and emotions.
    • Refer to theories on human growth and development and child and adolescent development and reflect on how these inform your work with CYP.  Explain the ways in which the young person’s development can affect their understanding of and participation in counselling work.
    • Demonstrate your self-awareness and the ability to reflect upon and critically appraise own experience of therapeutic relationships with YP clients.
    • Give an example of an ethical dilemma you have worked through in your CYP counselling work.  This needs to include reference to:
      • Any legislation, guidance or agency policies affecting how you work.
      • How you made use of your professional body’s ethical framework to help you work through the ethical dilemma.
      • How you in worked with adults outside of the counselling room (i.e parents/carers; professionals from other agencies or within the counselling setting).
    • Show how you have worked with a specific client to ensure anti oppressive Practice and share your reflections relation to this example. (This could be linked to the dilemma above, or relate to a separate situation.)
    • Show how you concluded a therapeutic relationship and reflect on this experience.

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 the button below 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