Certificate in Creative Counselling for Young People

with Jenny Reid and Rosie Dymond

A unique training course co-delivered by two fully qualified Play Therapists with more than 20 years’ combined experience in working therapeutically with children, young people and families.

Grounded in the Person Centred approach, the course will explore a range of creative techniques, as well as key practice, systemic and therapeutic issues related to working with this age group.

This post-qualifying training is open to qualified Play Therapists and adult counsellors of all disciplines who want to develop their skills in working with adolescent clients.

This course will take place across five weekends between January and June 2018, providing a total of 50 hours of face-to-face training.

  • CPD endorsed by the the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) – application in progress
  • Meets competency requirements of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) work with young people aged 11-18 years

The course will be delivered at The Printhouse, an accessible venue near to Sheffield City Centre, on the following dates in 2018:

Friday 12th – Saturday 13th January
Friday 9th – Saturday 10th February
Friday 9th – Saturday 10th March
Friday 20th – Saturday 21st April
Friday 18th – Saturday 19th May


This is a post-qualifying course, and it is essential that participants have a good understanding of their own theoretical model. An application form can be completed online or downloaded and submitted to The Apple Tree Centre, and will be followed by a brief telephone interview to ensure suitability. If you are unsure, please contact us with any questions or to discuss whether this course is appropriate to your training needs and level of experience.

Applicants will also require:

  • A basic understanding of child development, including a range of psychosocial models
  • Familiarity with the core conditions of Person Centred therapy
  • An interest in using creative and imaginative approaches to therapy.

For therapists who do not have experience of Non-Directive Play Therapy, a recommended reading list can be provided in advance of the course.


Our Certificate in Creative Counselling for Young People comprises 50 hours of CPD contact, as well as a requirement for reflective practice leading to submission of a written case study. The course content will include:

  • the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and young person
  • contracting, confidentiality and legal issues
  • neurological and psychosocial development during adolescence
  • working with risk, including self harm, substance use and offending behaviour
  • understanding systems and networks and their role in counselling
  • using art, sand, stories, clay, and other creative techniques to engage young people therapeutically

Cost: £1100



Please click here to complete an online application form, or download, print and complete your form and return it to The Apple Tree Centre, 27 Brocco Bank, Sheffield S11 8RQ.