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.

We are no longer running this course for individual participants. If you are interested in arranging this training for your group or workplace, please contact us to discuss costs, suitability and other arrangements.

This post-qualifying training is suitable for 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 takes 10-12 days days to complete, depending on the prior qualifications and experience of the participants, and can be delivered in two or three blocks.

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.

One of our previous 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