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Level 5 Course in Counselling Children and Young People

Start Date
24th April 2021

Online Zoom Course


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 - Course Outline

We are currently working hard behind the scenes to move this course to a slightly shorter 10 day on-line course for 2021 – same great content but more independent home learning and regular Zoom training days, with all the training days being held in 2021.

Learners will be expected to view video content and read papers within the two weeks prior to each training day and should allow up to 3 hours for these tasks as the training days’ content will build upon and be directly related to their content.  

The Zoom training days are all Saturdays and run from 10am to 4pm and will give 4.5 hours learning hours, with ample breaks to move away from the screen.

24th April 2021

8th May 2021

22nd May 2021

12th June 2021

26th June 2021

10th July 2021

11th September 2021

25th September 2021

16th October 2021

13th November 2021

Interviews for the course will be held via Zoom and are free of charge.

Interviews will be held with Carol Belsey and Mary Clair Kelly on

12th December 2020

9th January 2021

30th January 2021


If CC19 allows (hopefully it will!) we will then revert to an in person course in Croydon beginning in January 2022. 

Please note the information below relates to our current cohort and will be revisited and adapted once our 2021 course is finalised. We hope to have the full information available by mid-November 2020. 

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. We are currently reviewing the BACP’s revised training curriculum for the ages 4 -10 published this year and 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 (Accred)
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)
Course Director, Facilitator for Practical Training Days and Assessor

Carol has been a counsellor of all ages from 5- 99 for 15 years, a Supervisor for 3 years and the owner and Director of CB Counsellor Training and it’s workshops and courses for 10 years. She 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.

Suzanne Bunt (MBACP Accred)
Facilitator for Practical Training Days

Suzanne Bunt (MBACP Accred) qualified as a counsellor in 2006 and works with children, young people and adults. She has experience working in several forums including Schools, GP Surgeries, Charites and Private Practice. Suzanne specialises in working with Deaf, hard of hearing people and people with communication difficulties.

Suzanne previously worked in education, social care and charity sectors assessing and supporting people to cope with a variety of issues for more than 30 years and now

supporting parents is a particularly important part of her work. She runs parenting groups in schools and offers one to one support for parents and carers, believing this supports them to be able to meet their children’s emotional and physical needs.

Suzanne believes everyone can benefit emotionally and physically from having their own toolbox of skills, to support themselves and having worked with the profoundly deaf, Suzanne is a proficient communicator in sign language, which has been a useful skill not only for interpretation, but also in shifting her own thinking style to help her understand body language and nonverbal communication.

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