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Level 2 Award: Counselling Skills for Working with Children (Access)

Level 2 Award: Counselling Skills for Working with Children (Access)

An introduction to the counselling skills and theory useful for everyday life with children and young people. 

Level 2 Award: Counselling Skills for Working with Children (Access)

Place2Be’s Level 2 Award is a vital step to further counselling training and an opportunity to learn the theories and techniques used by our mental health professionals.

We run our Level 2 Award throughout the year, so keep checking this page for new dates.

Key information

  • Length:
  • One day a week for eight weeks or
    One evening a week for 16 weeks (course starting October)


Course details

What it covers:

  • developing core counselling skills and theory
  • building relationships and understanding attachment theory
  • improving your communication and self-awareness with children
  • coming up with creative strategies to support children
  • planning possible next steps for trainees, including our Level 3 Certificate.

Useful for those who:

  • want to develop key counselling and therapeutic play skills to support their work or everyday life with children and young people
  • are starting their training journey and want to specialise in child counselling.


If you are looking to apply for our 2025 Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children in Schools you will need to apply for a course that allows you to complete the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills for Working with Children (Foundation) in time as well.

Courses that currently fit this criteria include:

  • London 9 Sep 2023–11 Nov 2023
  • London (Evening) 2 Oct 2023–19 Feb 2024
  • London 6 Oct 2023–8 Dec 2023
  • London 31 Oct 2023–9 Jan 2024
  • London 15 Nov 2023–24 Jan 2024.

Entry requirements

To apply, you must have:

  • attended a Place2Be Taster Day within 18 months of enrolling
  • time to attend all sessions unless there are exceptional circumstances
  • internet access to use our learning platform.


  • Accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). Includes 43 ‘guided learning’ hours.

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Payment options

The fee for the Level 2 Award in Counselling Skills for Working with Children (Access) is £985. You can choose how to pay:

Option A) Full Course Fee of £985

Option B) 2 payments of £492.50 one month apart

Find out more

For more information, please read our FAQs linked below or get in touch through our enquiries form or call us on 0207 923 5558.

Frequently Asked Questions


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If you require the use of the hearing loop, please let us know via qualify@place2be.org.uk so we can discuss your needs.


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The trainers were exceptional. They were professional, warm and compassionate and were able to extend and stretch our understanding a huge amount during group discussions, while still confidently addressing any misconceptions we had.

Level 2 participant

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If your preferred course is full, please choose an available date. We do not operate a waiting list. If all courses are full please check back in September when we release our spring term dates.

Please note that your session will timeout if inactive for longer than 30 minutes.

You can save and return to your application anytime by logging into My Account.

Please make sure you read the counselling qualifications terms and conditions before completing your booking/application.

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