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. 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


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).


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

Friday 19th – Saturday 20th October 2018*
Friday 30th Nov – Saturday 1st Dec 2018
Friday 25th – Saturday 26th January 2019
Friday 1st – Saturday 2nd March 2019
Friday 22nd – Saturday 23rd March 2019
Friday 10th – Saturday 11th May 2019


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.

*The first two 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.


Cost: £1548 (a VAT invoice will be supplied).

Qualified Play Therapists may not be required to attend the first two days and will be eligible for an equivalent discount.

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.