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.

Following the success of our virtual training in 2020-21, we will be offering the majority of this course online in 2021-22 in order to increase accessibility to trainees from across the UK. The training will retain all interactive elements and will be limited to a small group to ensure that all participants gain the maximum benefit from the virtual learning offered. Restrictions permitting, the two days in November will be delivered in person in Sheffield (see details below) – please contact us to discuss if this is likely to present a barrier to you attending.

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. The course addresses the BACP Stage Two practice curriculum for working with young people aged 11 and upwards (see here for more details).

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. Content will include:

  • the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and young person
  • contracting, confidentiality and legal issues (as they apply in England and Wales)
  • neurological and psychosocial development during adolescence
  • working with risk, including self harm, substance use and child sexual exploitation
  • understanding systems and networks and their role in counselling
  • using art, sand, stories, clay, and other creative techniques to engage young people therapeutically

This course will take place between 10am and 4pm on the following Fridays and Saturdays in 2021-22:

15th – 16th October 2021

*26th – 27th November 2021*

14th – 15th January 2022

11th – 12th February 2022

11th – 12th March 2022

22nd – 23rd April 2022

*Two of the days will be open to trainees from outside the Certificate programme, and will cover the essential principles of Non-Directive Play Therapy which form the foundation of our approach. Qualified Play Therapists may not need to attend these two days, and will be eligible for an equivalent discount. These two days will be delivered in person if possible.

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The majority of the course will be delivered online using a secure videolink.

This is a post-qualifying course, and it is essential that participants have a good understanding of their own theoretical model. Trainees should also have a basic understanding of child and adolescent development and the legal and ethical issues which apply to work with this age group (BACP Stage One or equivalent), and be engaged in or ready to begin face to face work with young people alongside this training.

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.

Our Certificate in Creative Counselling for Young People comprises 60 hours of CPD contact, as well as a requirement for reflective practice leading to submission of a written case study.


Full price (12 days): £1548; Discounted price (10 days – qualified Play Therapists only): £1290

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.

One of last year’s students has sent us a lovely testimonial about her experience of the course, with permission to publish here:

I was part of the first CCCYP course that Rosie and Jenny had run on Zoom, but you’d have thought they’d been running it online for years; I can honestly say that it was so professionally conducted, with real attention to detail and to the needs of each individual student. I haven’t met any of my peers – or the course leaders – in person yet, but the use of breakout rooms for group tasks, discussions and roleplays meant we got to know each other really well, so it felt like a very safe space to reflect on new learning. I really appreciated the range of media used, the insight from so many different professionals, and the opportunities to try out new creative interventions that we’d go on to offer our clients… not to mention being given plenty of tea breaks to mitigate screen time! I’d highly recommend this course to anyone thinking of working therapeutically with young people