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
  • Endings
  • 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
  • Supervision

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 
Start date January 2023

Fees: £1900
(can be paid by instalments of a £400 non-refundable deposit followed by 10 payments of £150 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.

Level 6 Courses are specialist courses for counsellors that have qualified.

We currently have two Level 6 courses, Working with Children and Young People and a diploma in Therapeutic Supervision.

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Level 6 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision

This course is for qualified counsellors who already have significant experience working as a practitioner and want to work and qualify as a supervisor.

The course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and competencies needed to provide supervision for counsellors and non-counsellors, one to one and in group.

Eligibility to apply:

  • A counselling or psychotherapy qualification (minimum Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling)
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in practice (at least 2 will need to be post qualification)
  • Either practicing as a supervisor or have the opportunity to see at least 3 supervisees over the duration of the course
  • Be a member of a professional body
  • Have current professional indemnity insurance
  • Be in formal supervision for your supervision practice
  • Have BACP Accreditation or be eligible for accreditation


Minimum 50 hours logged counselling supervision practice
Minimum 10 hours logged supervision of supervision
Minimum one recording of counselling supervision practice transcribed with process comments
3000-word essay / case study demonstrating your understanding of theory and practice
Self and peer assessment

Cost:  £1900

This can be paid by instalments of £400 deposit followed by £150 each month over the duration of the course.

Dates:  Saturdays 9.30am until 4pm, starting September 2023.  Dates to be confirmed.