Herne Bay Counsellor Training

Level 6 Advanced Specialist Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People

This course is designed for counsellors who are seeking to gain knowledge of, and competence in, working with children and young people (CYP) aged 4–18 years in order to practise with this age group in an ethical and effective way.

The course is aligned with the BACP Competency Framework and training curriculum which provides the minimum standard to which counselling practitioners of children and/or young people should be trained and comprises stages 1 & 2 which constitutes the formal award. Additional CPD incorporating stage 3 is available once the formal award has been achieved.

The course follows flexible Humanistic-Relational principals of therapy with an emphasis on experiential, creative and reflective practice. 

Key Study Areas:

Ethical and professional practice
Child protection and safeguarding
Child and adolescent development and transitions
Communication with children and young people
Beginnings and endings with children and young people
Risk Assessments
Mental Health and children and young people
Working in the context of the counselling settings
The theory and principles of the counselling approach
Therapeutic relationships with younger clients
Working with children and young people’s emotions
Using play in therapy with younger clients
Collaborative assessments
Using measures and monitoring outcomes
Working with cultural diversity
Mental health, pharmacology and children & young people
Engagement with children, young people, parents and carers
Working within and across settings including agency | school | voluntary/community sector
Holding the overall perspective

The Level 6 Advanced Specialist Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People is for:

Post-qualified counsellors who wish to begin working with children and young people.
Entry requirements:

Qualified Counsellor to a minimum Level 4 Diploma (core training must have included a 100hr clinical placement)
BACP registered member or equivalent professional body
Enhanced DBS Check

Two character references stating suitability for working with children.  Referees must have known the applicant in a professional or personal capacity for a minimum of 2 years.  Ideally one of the referees will be your clinical supervisor.  Referees must not be a spouse, partner or relative.

Previous experience of working with children in any capacity is desirable but not essential.
Counselling Supervisor with established children and young people experience.
Currently in practice as a counsellors/psychotherapist
All candidates will be required to submit an assignment.


Assessment for the course will include: Written assignments; Case study; Skills practice assessment; Group presentation; Reflective journal; Self and peer evaluation; Log of clinical placement hours.

Dates & Times:

12 Saturdays, 8 hours per class; 9am – 5pm 

2022: Jan 15th; Feb 5th; Mar 5th & 26th; Apr 23rd; May 7th; Jun 11th; July 2nd & 23rd; Sept 24th; Oct 15th; Nov 19th.

Fees: £1900
(can be paid by instalments of a £350 non-refundable deposit followed by 10 payments of £155 per month over the duration of the course)

Applications: Please email us for an application form -  info@hbcounsellortraining.com

Trainees on training courses for work with children and young people (4-18) must complete 50 hrs supervised practice for each age group (4-10) and (11-18) Supervisors must be trained / experienced in working with the age group that is consistent with the age range of the course.