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Level 5 Course in Counselling Children and Young People - Summer School July/August 2024



Instalment payment plan will be available

Monday 29th July 2024 to
Friday 2nd August 2024

Monday 5th August 2024 to
Friday 9th August 2024

                                                                                     10am - 4pm

Informal interviews from March 2024

This course is now full.  Please apply to join our waiting list for our 2025 courses 

This on-line Summer School course is open to qualified counsellors who hold a Level 4 qualification or above in counselling of any modality and have been qualified for at least one year before the first day of the course, who are receiving supervision for a minimum of 1.5 hours per month and are a member of a counselling professional body.

Please note: This is an intensive two week course and we are only able to accept counsellors to the Summer school cohort who have been qualified one year. Counsellors who have just qualified may interview for our Sept 24- June 25 cohort. 

Course Outline

This intensive 2 week (10 training days) course will suit those learners who are happy to work across the Summer months. The course is full of content and learning and is ideal for those who enjoy a mixture of live online learning within a small cohort of 12 and independently driven learning as the course incorporates both.

Learners will be expected to view the course guides, video content and read papers which will be sent, via email, 6 weeks before the course begins and will consist of approximately 30 hours work.

This pre-course work is essential as each training day will build upon the video’s content and will be directly related to some of the papers’ content.

Learners should also allow an additional minimum of 20 hours across the course for background reading and assessment completion (2 assignments due after the end of the course).

The on-line training days will run from 10am to 4pm and will give 4.5 hours learning hours, with ample breaks to move away from the screen.

The dates of the course and the content (syllabus subject to slight alterations as the course is continually updated) can be found by clicking on the Course Dates tab below.

This Course, accredited by OCN London, is for qualified, practicing counsellors and psychotherapists. It will cover both Part 1 of the BACP’s Counselling Young People (11-18 years) training curriculum and Part 1 of the BACP’s Counselling Children (4-10 years) training curriculum.

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 children and young people and will allow counsellors to explore and increase their knowledge and clinical skills in their work with children and young people, in line with the current expectations of the profession.

Whilst we welcome learners who are members of any of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Professional Membership bodies, this course currently actively engages participants with the BACP Ethical Framework and the course will apply it to best practice in counselling children and young people, promoting the best outcomes for young people and their mental health and encouraging counsellors to practice in ethical and effective ways.

Using both theory and practical activities, the course will encourage individual and group learning and will be ideal for those who recognise the importance of practical learning – crucial in working with this age group.

Participants will be expected to take responsibility for their own learning, especially the pre-course directed individual learning (video content and papers).

Our facilitator will use communicative education techniques throughout and participants must be willing to engage with all the group members during all group and break out room activities, to further advance all participants’ learning.

Once you have completed our Level 5 you may chose to complete our NEW Level 6 short, independent learning Course in Counselling Children and Young People.

Please note: The Level 6 is only open to counsellors who have completed our Level 5.

For details click here.

A minimum of 85% attendance of the 10 study days (please do try to attend all the dates as Mary Clair will be unable to revisit topics)

Evidence of your Level 4 or above core training certificate (please send with your pre-interview booking form)

A copy of your Professional Body membership (please send with your pre-interview booking form)

Full prompt payment of the Course fees

One 3000 word pass marked assignment

One 4000 word pass marked assignment

A log, which may begin from 29th July 2024, showing a minimum of 40 hours counselling practice with at least two people under 18 (not seen as a pair or in groups).

A log, which may begin from 29th July 2024, showing a minimum of 10 hours of consultative supervision with a suitably qualified and/or experienced supervisor.

A report from your supervisor confirming you have attended a minimum of 10 hours of consultative supervision and stating that sufficient growth in the role and learning has been demonstrated for you to pass the course.

A letter from your supervisor outlining their qualifications and/or experience in working with under 18’s. This may be in the form of a CV. All supervisors must be approved by CBCT Ltd and it is important that your supervisor is or has worked extensively with C & YP.

A completed course evaluation form.


Please note: We will accept hours gained from 29th July 2024 onwards. However, if you have not worked with Children and Young People before please do not start working with them until you feel the course has given you sufficient knowledge and confidence in your abilities for you to do so and you have the agreement of your supervisor and can make an ethically sound decision to begin to do so.

Please note that, if you are a member of the BACP, the Training Curriculums ask you not to begin working with C & YP until you have attended all of the course dates.

There is not a cut off date by which hours need to be gained.

“Mary Clair encourages positive group interaction and uses good visual aids”

“Carol and Mary Clair are both very approachable”

“This is a great course! it is well structured and I feel it’s giving me the knowledge and confidence to work in this area. I’ve particularly benefitted from being with other counsellors who bring different views and theory to life and make it practical.”

” Thank you so much to Mary Clair for everything and thank you so much to Carol for all the course materials and additional resources, this course has been nothing short of amazing. I honestly feel you have tried to cover every angle! ”

“If I were to describe this course using a sand tray metaphor it would be an absolute ‘Treasure Chest of an Experience’!”

“Mary Clair made the on line sessions engaging by integrating theory with group activities and sharing her experience of different settings and issues”

“This course must have taken just hours and hours of research and preparation. Every day felt like gold dust of learning. I will remember these two weeks of reflection and learning forever!”

“This course helped me refresh all the theory I learned during my integrative training and to apply it more confidently in my work with Children and Young People”

“I found the three sections on Ethics, Law and Safeguarding the most helpful as these sections underpinned my confidence to work in private practice with Children and Young People”

“The facilitator’s teaching style and knowledge were very up to date and related well to the experiences we face as counsellors today in different professional settings”

“After completing this course I secured my ‘dream’ job!”

” Mary Clair explanation of the theories of counselling gave me a much deeper understanding than on my Level 4″

“I can’t fault Mary Clair and am super grateful to have had the opportunity to learn so much from her”

“Having the opportunity to do the course over a 2-week period instead of 10 Saturdays was incredibly beneficial”

“I loved the educational videos. A great help to retain the information and it felt like I knew Mary Clair before we began the training days which was reassuring”

“Having the videos to re-watch is great for someone with Dyslexia and really helpful for the assignments”

“This course is very well organised and felt very prepared and professional”

“I feel so much more confident in my Private Practice”

“This course completely exceeded my expectations! I feel more confident and equipped to work with children and also as a counsellor in general”

“The learning materials were phenomenal”

” No ‘death by Powerpoint’! The pre-reading was excellent and videos great”

“I feel more knowledgeable and confident”

“On line I found the experiential nature of the break out rooms, where we were able to debate, practice or share our lived experiences with fellow students consolidated my learning and allowed me to voice my opinions and ideas”

“I believe this course was worth every penny”

“I loved this course and it has helped me to feel confident in my work with Children and Young People”

“Sharing this experience with a group has created an invaluable support network for now and in the future”

“This course is such good value for money as the amount of hours, work and energy that goes into the course by the team must be immense”

“I met so many lovely CYP therapists who I can now go to for support, queries or referrals”

“This course more than met my expectations”

“This course has helped me understand more in relation to theory”

“I feel I was able to consolidate my learning to date as a school counsellor and it has supported what I am doing in school”

“I feel really privileged to be on a course with such expertise. Mary Clair is amazing at presenting the material. I have learned so much already and cannot wait each month for the next course date. I get excited about it.”

“Really useful to go over ethics and safeguarding”

“Mary Clair is probably one of the most inspirational counsellors working with C & YP I have come across. You won’t be disappointed if you decide to take on this course as it really gives you depth and a robust framework to be able to work competently with the young. I simply love it and have used so much already. I cannot wait to learn more.”

“Carol is always on hand to answer questions and runs a tight ship, boundaries are kept.”

“This course has better equipped me to continue with my C & YP work and understand more fully ethical approaches to this work”

“The facilitator’s knowledge of her subject is excellent”

“I have found the course very informative and enjoyable. It has supported me in my new job as a school counsellor by consolidating what I do know and making me more informed about what I need to know. It has also added to my confidence about working within the BACP guidelines for counselling young people.”

“I was really happy when Carol announced CB Counsellor Training would be adding this course. From enquiry to starting the course communication has been excellent. Carol is a great organiser and Mary Clair is a fantastic facilitator. The course is refreshing my brain and I am learning more which is giving me more confidence to start working with young people.”

“Joining this course was a great decision.”

Mary Clair Kelly Ad Dip PC, MNCS (Accred), MBACP (Accred)
Facilitator and Assessor
Mary Clair

After setting out as a bereavement volunteer for Cruse Bereavement Care, Mary Clair worked for five years as a Special Educational Needs Learning Support Assistant in a mainstream state secondary school while undergoing her training as an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. Now she provides therapy for children from a variety of backgrounds aged 5-18 years in private practice and as a School Counsellor at one of the country’s few state-run boarding schools where she has been instrumental in developing and delivering a highly successful counselling service. She has also consulted on provision of in-school support and reducing school refusal in other schools in Tandridge.

Her training experience includes her posts as Training Facilitator for Jigsaw South East, a children’s bereavement charity, and training young people in peer support for 11-25 year olds for mental health charity, Mindfull. More recently she has written and delivered an accredited level 4 course for other therapists on counselling children and young people and runs Inset sessions on various subjects including bereavement and self-care for newly qualified teachers.

A passionate advocate for better understanding of development and mental health, she is currently writing a book for parents based on what she has learned though her work and personal experience.

Carol Belsey BA (Hons) MBACP (Snr. Accred)
Director of Learning
Carol Belsey

Carol has been a counsellor of all ages from 5- 99 since 2006 and the owner of and Director of Learning for CB Counsellor Training Ltd since 2010.

She also works in Private Practice, as the Lead Counsellor of East Surrey Counselling Group, running two counselling rooms in Godstone. Surrey.

Previously Carol worked for Dialogue, YMCA Brighton & Hove as a school counsellor in both Primary and Senior schools and for Surrey Family Mediation Service as a Child and Adolescent Counsellor. Previous roles also include Teaching Assistant and Therapeutic Learning Mentor.

Carol is both passionate about counselling for all ages but especially children and young people and providing reasonable priced training for fellow counsellors.

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