Enter the fascinating world

of CYP counselling

Counselling Children & Young People

6 Day Foundation Programme


Sarah Barker is an MBACP registered counsellor working with children and young people within school settings and other services. She is also the Children’s Services Manager at The Counselling & Family Centre and has over 20 years’ experience working in Human Resources.



This course is combines the learning of theory and practice through a mix of direct teaching delivery, group discussions and experiential exercises such as role play / skill practice sessions.


Pre Requisite

Recognised Counselling Qualification

Course Details

The course content outline is presented below. Please note the day structure may vary slightly depending on needs of attendees. 

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Day 1

Understanding the differences in CYP work to adult work and child development theory


  1. Understand the differences in children’s work to adults work

  2. Explore the differences in working with young children and adolescents

  3. Know the competencies required in counselling children and young people

  4. Understand the history of child development


  • BACP competency framework for working with Children and Young People

  • Historical context and development of theoretical approaches

Day 2

Attachment theory and introduction to creative media


  1. To understand attachment styles

  2. To reflect on own self and attachment

  3. To understand how to work with attachment when working with CYP clients

  4. To explore and experience creative ways of working with CYP clients


  • Attachment theory

  • Self-reflection

  • Creative media, the benefits and how to integrate into the therapy

Day 3

Approach to working with grieving and traumatised children and adolescents


  1. To be able to use a specific model to work safely with traumatised and grieving children and young people

  2. To understand and be able to apply the key principles and concepts of the model


  • Working safely

  • Non-language activities

  • Using trauma specific questions

  • Using curiosity

  • Use of reframing

  • Building resilience and the Circle of Courage

Day 4

Our adolescent selves, safeguarding/ethical practice and skills practice 


  1. Be able to connect with your inner adolescent self

  2. Reflect on how your own experiences in childhood may impact your work with CYP clients

  3. Be clear and confident in making appropriate safeguarding referrals

  4. Be ready to hold counselling sessions with


  • Group reflections on adolescence

  • Self-reflection

  • Safeguarding and ethical practice

  • Skills practice

Day 5

Assessing CYP clients, common issues and working in an organisational context


  1. Understand a best practice approach to beginning the work and assessing the needs of the CYP client

  2. To have explored common presenting issues in CYP work

  3. To understand how to work in schools 


  • Use of assessment tools

  • Approach to assessment

  • Common presenting themes e.g. anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, bullying, eating disorders, identity, trauma / abuse

  • Counselling in schools

Day 6

Creative approaches to use when working with children and young people


  1. To be able to use creative techniques in CYP work


  • Drawing & Talking

  • Sand Tray Therapy

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