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Level 5 Course in Counselling Children and Young People

February 2020 to February 2021

Church House

£600.00 Deposit

Admission to this course is via an interview with the course facilitator and/or course organizer. The interview costs £50 and the fee will be due when the interview is booked. If the applicant registers for the course the interview cost will be deducted from the total cost £1550.

Please email Carol Belsey via if you wish to request an interview date before sending the interview booking form and fee. 

Course and Interviews will be held at Church House Bletchingley

A non-refundable deposit of £600 to be paid upon registration to the course.
The remaining £900 may be paid by 29th February 2020 in full
or via six monthly standing orders between 1st March and 1st August 2020.
(Please discuss with Carol individual arrangements).

Following a successful interview the final date for applications to the course is 22nd February 2020

This course is limited to 14 spaces.

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.

2020/21 - Course Outline

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.”

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

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)
Owner and Organiser

Carol has been a counsellor of all ages from 5- 99 for 15 years, a Supervisor for 3 years and the owner and organiser of CB Counsellor Training for 10 years. She works in Private Practice, as part of East Surrey Counselling Group, having previously worked for Dialogue as a school counsellor in both Primary and Senior schools and for Surrey Family Mediation Service as a Child and Adolescent Counsellor. Previously 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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