Conversion course: Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children

Conversion course: Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children

Expand on your existing skills as a counsellor by learning how to work with children and young people.

Conversion course: Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children

Place2Be’s Level 4 Certificate is an opportunity for adult counsellors to diversify and develop their practice through coursework and a placement in a Place2Be school.

We run our Level 4 Certificate throughout the year so keep checking this page for new dates. Courses due to start in autumn 2020 will be published on this webpage March/April 2020.

Course details

What it covers:

  • Building counselling skills for working with children and young people
  • Understanding this work in the context of a theoretical framework underpinned by attachment theory
  • Applying understanding of what it means to work safely, legally and ethically as a counsellor for children and young people
  • Developing counsellor competency and practice through the process of regular supervision and support
  • Understanding the importance of best practice when working with difference and diversity and how to apply this to children and young people.

Useful for those who are:

  • Already adult counsellors
  • On an adult diploma at Level 4 or above
  • Interested in learning how to work with children and young people.

Course structure:

  • 50 hours of counselling practice through a supervised and assessed placement in a Place2Be school
  • A two-day introductory workshop, placement induction and safeguarding training
  • Nine days of specialist training, with a 1,700-word assignment after each workshop
  • A 3,000-word case study to be handed in at the end of the course.

Please note that Place2Be’s Level 4 Certificate does not follow on from our Level 3 Certificate. If you’re looking for your next step from there, find out about our Postgraduate Diploma

Entry requirements

You must:

  • Have completed or be studying towards an adult diploma at Level 4 or above
  • Have been accepted on a Counselling Placement with Place2Be (and remain on your placement throughout the course)
  • Provide sufficient references (tutor and clinical supervisor)
  • Attend an Orientation Evening (sign up via Counsellors Portal)
  • Have received counselling or psychotherapy yourself
  • Be willing to be playful and creative
  • Be self-reflective and committed to self-development.


  • Accredited and awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). Includes 160 ‘guided learning’ hours.

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Payment information

Through generous sponsorship, the Level 4 Certificate is currently offered at £330 (this includes your £130 CPCAB registration fee). The full cost associated with the Level 4 Certificate course is £955. Payment will be required only if offered a place to study.

Find out more

Get in touch using our enquiries form or call us on 020 7923 5558.




The learning I have gained will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Lee, Level 4 participant

Counsellor with child who is smiling in school


*applications currently closed - next courses will be listed above in March/April 2020. If you are shortlisted, we will contact you with next steps in the application process. If your preferred course is full, we will offer you a space on a later one.