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Counselling Children & Young People CPCAB Level 5 Diploma

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Counselling Children & Young People CPCAB Level 5 Diploma

This post qualifying qualification is designed to give learners the specialist knowledge, skills and competences to work as counsellors with children and young people aged 11-18.

This qualification will enable successful candidates to work as counsellors with this age group in a range of job and career opportunities, which include but are not limited to:

  • A counsellor employed by a School or College
  • A counsellor in an agency or organisation which specialise in counselling children and young people
  • A private counsellor working for an external organisation such as a school, youth club, wellness/mental health setting
  • An ‘adult’ counsellor in independent practice wishing to extend their work to cover this age range

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Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements


To gain entry to this course a person must:

  • have completed the Level 4 counselling Diploma or equivalent guided hours learning
  • have had at least 20 hours counselling prior to starting the course
  • be prepared to engage with a further 20 hours of counselling whilst on the Level 5 course
  • be in current supervised practice
  • have been with same supervisor the last 6 months
  • have a placement with children and young people aged between 11-18yrs old

A supervisor reference will be requested after interview and /or a placement agency reference.

Finally, all client hours, supervision and personal therapy collected for the level 5 must start from the first date of the Level 5 course.

Preferred: Person-centred modality

What qualification will I gain?
Counselling Children and Young People CPCAB CYP-L5 Diploma.

How will I be assessed?
During the course students will experience a wide variety of assessments that will call upon a range of differing skills.

These will include:

Ongoing internal assessment of a portfolio of work, including learning reviews, assignments, case presentations, case studies, supervision reports, 60 logged counselling hours in placement and a reflective journal.

Course content

What will I study?

7 Units of the course:

  • Working ethically and safely with CYP
  • Facilitating a relationship with a CYP
  • Understand and work with diversity with CYP
  • Work collaboratively, creatively, and flexibly to engage CYP in counselling work
  • Work with self-awareness as a CYP counsellor
  • Use theory and research and skills to work effectively with CYP
  • Monitor and maintain professional practice and effectiveness as a CYP counsellor

Industry placement

Learners are required to complete a minimum of 60 hours formally contracted counselling (one-to-one), with children and young people. The hours are to include client assessment and practice work with at least 4 different clients between the ages of 11-18.

Next steps

Progression routes:

  • Gaining Accreditation status with BACP, practising as an independent practitioner
  • Private practice
  • CPCAB L6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision
  • Further professional development in postgraduate studies

Additional information

Course costs

Cost of 20 hours personal therapy. Approx £40 per hour Cost of supervision for the 60 hours work placement usually 1 hr 30 per month

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Available Courses
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 24/09/2024
Type: Part Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Tuesday
Time(s): 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Fees: £1,200.00

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