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Diploma programme

Year 1
Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People …Awarded after year 1

A 10 day course over five 2-day blocks for students and qualified counsellors/psychotherapists who work with children and young people or who wish to work with this age group. This course lays the foundations for working with children and young people.

Year 2
Diploma in Counselling Children and Young PeopleAwarded after year 2

A 10 day course over five 2-day blocks for qualified counsellors/psychotherapists who work with children and young people. This year builds on your learning and further develops your skills and knowledge for working with children and young people.

Learning Style

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, legal issues,
  • Confidentiality, capacity + consent, contracting
  • Ethical decision making
  • Safeguarding/ Child Protection
  • Understanding the context for the work including working with parents, other adults and managing boundaries
  • Multi-agency working…

Client issues

What we explore will vary according to your needs, here is a list of some of the areas covered on previous courses :
  • Working with clients who are suicidal or self harming,
  • Working with difference and diversity (including working with children with Special Needs, ASD and ADHD)
  • Understanding Mental Health Problems
  • The impact of Social Media
  • Working with Trauma


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.

In addition,Child Development theories, Piaget, Erikson, Bowlby, Rogers, Axline, ….


Participants will have the opportunity to experience communicating using different media including: sand, miniatures, puppets, art, story. Live practice sessions with others on the course , followed by facilitated reflection on this practice provides a unique and valuable learning opportunity.  Theory will support and consolidate this work.


There are four pieces of coursework to be completed in year 1 and four in year 2
Each year you need to do:
  • A Learning Agreement (ready for the first weekend)
  • A 20 minute presentation on a theme connected with working with Children and Young People
  • An End of course reflection
In  year 1 there is an essay of 2500 words.
In year 2 there is a case study of 4000 words and a supervisor’s report.
For more information download our pdf

Learning Outcomes

The learning on the course supports work with clients ranging from very young children through to 18 year olds.We have developed the course to meet the learning outcomes detailed in BACP’s curriculum framework for working with young people (11–18 years). As BACP’s competencies for working with children (4-11 years) become available, we intend to integrate these into our course.

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.


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.

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.



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Is the course accredited ?

BACP’s course accreditation scheme applies to 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, the accreditation scheme does not apply.

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: The certificate course will aim to meet the learning objectives of stage one of the curriculum and parts of stage two. The aim is that by the end of year 1, you will feel ready to work with Children and Young People. Completing the Diploma year will allow you to further develop your learning and meet all the learning objectives in stage two of the curriculum.

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 25 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.


The way the course was run was empowering and effective
The course has challenged me on a personal level and a work level
I found the 4 roles in the practice sessions a really valuable learning experience
I felt really free within the framework of learning
It’s been amazing to be trusted to learn in our own direction
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.
The door is open for me to work with younger clients
Refreshing, enlightening, challenging and overall a wonderful experience
The course has challenged me on a personal level and a work level
Writing the essay helped pull it together for me, though it has been hard
I loved the Person-centred ethos of the group.  I’ve been able to learn what I wanted to learn