Please note: This course has now begun and we have opened our waiting list for our 2023 cohort. We will begin advertising the 2023 programme here just as soon as we can but in the meanwhile please read through these pages for information and contact us if you would like to be added to our waiting list for the Jan – Nov 2023 course. We look forward to hearing from you.
This on-line course is open to qualified counsellors who hold a Level 4 qualification or above in counselling of any modality, who are receiving supervision for a minimum of 1.5 hours per month and are a member of a counselling professional body. Counsellors must be qualified before the first on-line training day of the course.
This 10 day online course is full of useful 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 read our three course guides before the course commences, view video content and read papers within the two weeks prior to each training day and should allow 3 hours for these tasks as each training days’ content will build upon the video 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 are all Saturdays and run from 10am to 4pm and will give 4.5 hours learning hours each, with ample breaks to move away from the screen.
The dates of the course and the content (Content subject to final changes) can be found by clicking on 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 3 hours per month of 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.
The three Course Guides will be provided to each learner at least 2 weeks before the beginning of the course.
A minimum of 80% 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 to Carol Belsey, Director of Learning, with your Course booking form and deposit)
A copy of your Professional Body membership (please send to Carol Belsey, Director of Learning, with your course booking form and deposit)
Please note: The booking form will be available to you following a successful interview with Carol Belsey and/or Mary Clair Kelly.
Full prompt payment of the Course fees
One 3000 word pass marked assignment
One 4000 word pass marked assignment
A log showing a minimum of 40 hours counselling practice with at least two people under 18 (not seen as a pair or in groups).
A completed course evaluation leaflet
Please note: We will accept hours gained from the first day of the course onwards. However, if you have not provided counselling for 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, their 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.
A log showing a minimum of 10 hours of consultative supervision with a suitably qualified and/or experienced supervisor. Supervision hours to be from the beginning of the course.
A letter 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. It is important that your supervisor is or has extensively worked with C & YP.
“Each session was relaxed. I loved the group dynamic and the ease we had learning together, even on Zoom. Check in sessions at the beginning of each day and the breakout rooms helped with this”
“The shared personal experiences helped make the learning come to life”
“The shared resources are very helpful and connected theory with practice”
“Value for money” “Courses are often so expensive so I was happy with the price of this course”
“Having the videos and papers to refer to has been very useful”
“I was very grateful for the facilitator’s natural warmth and approachability”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 has a warm, approachable and humorous way of teaching. Her knowledge and experience are used to illustrate the topics taught”
“I am really fond of Mary Clair – lovely, approachable, and clearly very experienced and knowledgeable”
“This course covers all the foundational elements and provides an exceptionally good basis and stepping stone onto further study”
“Carol and Mary Clair’s enormous efforts allow this course to be taught on line in a professional and supportive way”
“I found the law and ethics sessions very informative. I have much more clarity in applying theoretical approaches to CYP and deeper awareness of potential risks of working with these vulnerable age groups”
“I feel more confident in dealing with parents’ expectations and ethical dilemmas”
“I’ve worked with CYP for 7 years and it’s been great to revisit theories, topics and theoretical models, child development, legal issues, ethical issues which has boosted my confidence and deepened my knowledge”
“The course validated my work experience and will hopefully open up more work opportunities”
“The course organisation is excellent”