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Level 5 Course in Counselling Children and Young People



Instalment payment plan available

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

This course has recently begun with a cohort of 12 enthusiastic counsellors.   

We have closed our waiting list for the Jan 2022 Cohort (not yet advertised) as demand has already been extremely high.  

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.

2021 - Course Outline

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 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, 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 full Course Guide 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, Course Director with your Course booking form and deposit)

A copy of your Professional Body membership (please send to Carol Belsey, Course Director 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).


Please note: We will accept hours gained from 24th April 2021 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, 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”

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.

She now provides therapy for children from a variety of backgrounds aged 5-18 years in private practice and also as a Counsellor in a Senior school.

Previously as a School Counsellor at one of the country’s few state-run boarding schools she was 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 wrote and delivered an accredited Level 4 course for other therapists on counselling children and young people before converting it to our Level 5 course and she 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 of CB Counsellor Training, Director of Learning, Facilitator for Practical Training Days and Assessor
Carol Belsey

Carol has been a counsellor of all ages from 5- 99 for 15 years, a Supervisor for 3 years and the owner of and Director of  Learning for CB Counsellor Training Ltd for 11 years.

Additionally, she works in Private Practice, as the Lead Counsellor of East Surrey Counselling Group, running two counselling rooms in Godstone. Surrey, where the counsellors specialise in working with children and young people, alongside their adult work.

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, whilst training to become a counsellor, include time as a 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 and has enjoyed CBCT becoming an OCN London Centre for Accredited Post-qualification Counselling Courses.

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