The course is open to 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.
This Course, accredited by OCN London, is for qualified, practising counsellors and psychotherapists. It will cover all of Part 1 of the BACP’s Counselling Young People (11-18 years) training curriculum and Part 1 of the BACP competencies for 4-18 years. When the BACP’s revised training curriculum for the ages 4 -10 is published (expected Early 2020) we will endeavour to cover Part 1 of it also.
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.
In addition it will also actively engage participants with the BACP Ethical Framework and 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 experiential and practical learning – crucial in working with this age group.
Participants will be expected to take responsibility of their own learning. Our facilitator will use communicative education techniques throughout and participants must be willing to engage with all the group members during all group activities, to further advance all participants’ learning, as practice time, including creative and expressive exercises, are built into every session.
The full Course Guide will be provided on Day 1.
A minimum of 80% attendance of the 12 study days (please do try to attend all the dates as Mary Clair will be unable to revisit topics)
On the first day of the course:
- A copy of your Level 4 or above core training certificate
- A copy of your Professional Body membership
At the end of the course:
- A portfolio which contains:
- One 3000 word pass marked essay
- One 4000 word pass marked essay
- 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). Hours to be from the beginning of the course.
- A log showing a minimum of 10 hours of consultative supervision with a suitably qualified and/or experienced supervisor. 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 the award to be awarded.
- 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.
The course consists of 60 contact hours.
In addition counsellors will be expected to commit 8 hours a month to personal study, assignment preparation and background reading.
“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.”
“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.”