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Introduction to Counselling Children and Young People

Build on your existing counselling skills and gain practical knowledge that will enable you to start working with children and young people.

four counselling students practicing a counselling session.

On this course you will develop the basic skills needed to start working with children and young people. This course is for qualified counsellors wishing to begin working towards a qualification in counselling children and young people. It is also appropriate for students wishing to undertake some of their placement hours with children or young people.

York campus

  • Course leader – John Bradley
  • Duration – 4 days
  • Dates and times

    Monday 20 February 2023, 9.30am to 4.30pm

    Monday 27 February 2023, 9.30am to 4.30pm

    Monday 20 March 2023, 9.30am to 4.30pm

    Monday 27 March 2023, 9.30am to 4.30pm

Course Fees

£300 Use the booking link below to confirm your place on this course.

Course information

What will I learn?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate the skills required to communicate with, and engage clients of different ages and developmental stages. You will also gain a new self-awareness in relation to counselling children and/or young people and reflect on your readiness to begin practice with children and/or young people.

Some of the additional skills you will gain, include the ability to:

  • Identify and assess potential risk, and know how to act if a child or young person is at risk.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how mental health difficulties can emerge and present in children and/or young people.
  • Evidence the ability to critically appraise the impact that different organisational contexts can have on children and young people’s counselling services and know how to manage any ethical tensions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of working collaboratively with other professionals.
  • Demonstrate the skills required to be able to contract, establish and agree therapeutic focus/goals for counselling with children and/ or young people, and how to bring the work to a close.


How will I learn?

This course will take place across 4 days. The content is based on the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy's (BACP) counselling children and young people (4 to 18 years old) curriculum. The topics that you will cover each day, are listed below.

Day 1
  • Child and adolescent development and transitions
  • Communication with young people
Day 2 
  • Mental health and young people
  • Risk assessments
Day 3
  • Ethical and professional practice
  • Child protection and safeguarding
Day 4
  • Working within the context of the counselling setting
  • Beginnings and endings with young people

Who is this course for?

  • Counsellors in training, who are enrolled on an adult course (at least Level 4 qualification) and are considering working with children and young people.
  • Counsellors in training, who are enrolled on an adult course (at least Level 4 qualification) and are about to start a counselling placement working with children and young people.
  • Qualified adult counsellors. who are thinking about working with children and young people.

How will I be Assessed?

During the course you will have the opportunity for an individual tutorial to discuss your progress. You will be assessed through a skills practice session where you will receive feedback from the course facilitator. You will also be asked to submit a 2000 word self reflection essay about counselling young people, and consider some of the topics that you have encountered, these include:

  • Child Protection and Safeguarding
  • Ethical and Professional Practice
  • Risk Assessment


2000-word self-reflection Essay 


Skills Practice session


Individual Tutorial


Course leader biographies

John Bradley is a person-centred counsellor, supervisor and trainer. He is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist (Children and Young People) and BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor.

John has been offering counselling to children and young people since 1998, previously working for Youth Counselling Projects for Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council. He has also been offering supervision since 2008, and counselling children and young people training (courses and workshops) since 2013.

John currently works in private practice as a counsellor, supervisor and trainer in Hull. He also offers counselling in a secondary school.

How to apply

Use the link below to apply for this short course.

Introduction to Counselling Children and Young People booking link

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