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Essential Skills
Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People


Thank you for your interest in our Diploma course. We are delighted to be working with CPD Services who are the awarding body for the course.

Below are the course dates, programme modules, and details on how your learning will be assessed and accredited.


Our post-qualifying Diploma is created specifically for counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to acquire essential competencies in supporting the emotional wellbeing of children and young people in diverse settings. We equip our participants with the necessary tools and techniques for child and adolescent counselling, as well as an understanding of therapeutic work with young people.


Our aim is to help young people reach their full potential and make a positive impact on their own lives and those around them. For this reason, we believe that practitioners must possess specific knowledge to enable children and young people to develop resilience and emotional literacy crucial to their growth and development.

Course Dates and Schedule:

Friday 20 Oct 2023 - Attachment and Neuroscience

Saturday 21 Oct 2023 - Interrupted Attachment

Friday 17 Nov 2023 - Child Development and Transitions

Saturday 18 Nov 2023 - Play for Development

Friday 8 Dec 2023 - Working with Trauma

Friday 19 Jan 2024 - Assessments and Safe Ethical Practice

Friday 23 Feb 2024 - Multi-Agencies and Systems

Saturday 24 Feb 2024 - Storytelling and Endings

The Course schedule runs from 9.30am to 5pm each day, with allotted times for breaks and lunch.  Attending 90% of the program is necessary to receive accreditation, and the first and last days are compulsory.

Course Assessments:

Throughout the course, we will evaluate your progress through various methods such as group participation, group work, group presentation, discussion, reading and feedback.  Additionally, we will ask you to complete a brief assessment questionnaire at the conclusion of each module.  Finally, you will be expected to submit a learning journal of no more than 2000 words, reflecting on your personal growth and progress throughout the course.

Creative Interventions:

We showcase various creative techniques that can be applied in working with children and young people, both in-person and online. Engaging in these activities also enhances your knowledge and abilities as part of our ongoing assessment process.


While this course does not require a placement, we recommend gaining some hands-on experience working with children and young individuals while pursuing your studies.

Personal Therapy:

During the training, it's crucial to keep in mind that certain topics may trigger unresolved childhood issues. We suggest you carefully evaluate this possibility and seek personal therapy if necessary.


It is essential that you select a supervisor who possesses the necessary skills and experience in counselling children and young people across diverse settings. Such expertise will contribute to your career growth and ensure the ethical and secure execution of your work.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at

We look forward to hearing from you.

Moira & Rachel

Moira Hood and Rachel Eastop

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