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Child counselling and placements

Child counselling and placements

We equip people with the skills and experience they need to support children and young people.

Our child counselling courses, qualifications and placements in schools are informed by almost 30 years’ experience delivering mental health services. 

Our counselling training qualifications

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Taster day

The starting point for all our child counselling courses. Experience what it is like to be a children's counsellor.

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Level 2 Award

An introduction to the skills and theory you need to work therapeutically with children and young people.

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Level 3 Certificate

Develop your skills and theory as a child counsellor. Once complete, you can apply for one of our child Counselling Placements.

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Level 4 Diploma

This one-year intensive course will allow you to qualify as a counsellor in 12 months and includes placement experience in Place2Be partner schools.

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Postgraduate Diploma

Gain the expertise and experience you need to become a qualified child counsellor.

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Level 5 Certificate

This Certificate will build advanced counselling knowledge and play skills to work therapeutically with children and young people.

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Level 6 Certificate

Designed for experienced counsellors, our Certificate enables clinicians to practice as clinical supervisors in line with ethical standards.

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Pathways and placements

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Become a child counsellor

Make a real difference to children's lives. See what your next step is, whether you're starting your child counselling training from scratch, partway through a course or making a transition from adult counselling.

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Counselling Placements

We offer child Counselling Placements in schools for counsellors and therapists across the UK.

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