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Taster Day

Taster Day

Kickstart your training journey towards a meaningful career as a child counsellor. Gain valuable insight into essential counselling skills and learn about Place2Be's unique therapeutic approach.


Unlock your potential with our child counselling Taster Day course, your first step in becoming a qualified child counsellor with Place2Be. Whether you're an aspiring counsellor or just interested in the profession, this course is open to all and will introduce you to working therapeutically with children and young people.

During your Taster Day, you'll gain insight into Place2Be's unique therapeutic approach, developed through 30 years of experience working in schools. We'll also provide you with an overview of our counselling training courses that will help prepare you for a fulfilling career as a child counsellor.

Our child counselling Taster Day is ideal if:

  • you’re interested in training to be a child counsellor with Place2Be and want to find out more about our training approach, what courses we offer and next steps
  • you want to develop a better understanding of key skills for communicating with children or young people
  • you're interested in gaining valuable insight into what it's like to be a child counsellor and the counselling profession as a whole from our expert tutors
  • you want to progress onto further counselling training courses with Place2Be.

By pursuing a career as a child counsellor, you’ll make a profound impact on the lives of children and their families. You’ll be there to guide them through challenging times and help them develop healthy coping strategies and ultimately build bright futures. Through your work, you’ll witness the growth and resilience of young minds and find fulfilment and purpose in making a lasting difference to those who need it the most.

Book your Taster Day

Key information

  • Modules

  • Module 1
    An interactive online e-learning session. You should ideally complete this online prior to your in-person classroom workshop. You’ll receive access within a week of making your booking.

    Module 2
    An experiential in-person classroom workshop. The classroom workshops take place multiple times a month in London and Manchester. New dates are released online at the start of each month.

    Upcoming Module 2 workshops:
  • Manchester (CityWise) 19 Jul 2024 13:30 - 17:00
  • London 20 Jul 2024 09:30 - 13:00
  • London 24 Jul 2024 13:30 - 17:00
  • London 09 Aug 2024 09:30 - 13:00
  • London 12 Aug 2024 13:30 - 17:00
  • London 17 Aug 2024 13:30 - 17:00
  • Manchester (ESEA) 31 Aug 2024 13:30 - 17:00



The price for our Taster Day is £105, which you’ll need to pay when you book.

Sponsorship of course fees

If your course fees are being paid on your behalf by a sponsor organisation (e.g., your employer, a government department, a charity) or you have an organisational grant, please get in touch with our Taster Day team by filling out an enquiry form before booking. We’ll invoice your sponsor organisation and send you a discount code you can use to complete your booking online.

Course details


Our Taster Day is made up of two modules. After completing your Taster Day, you will be eligible to apply for one of Place2Be's counselling courses.

Module 1: E-learning session

Module 1 is an interactive online introduction to our counselling training qualifications. You’ll learn about:

  • our therapeutic approach and work in schools
  • how to become a qualified child counsellor with our counselling training qualifications.

The module should take you two hours to complete. We recommend you complete Module 1 before attending your Module 2 in-person classroom workshop. Please note, the tutor will not be covering any of the content of Module 1 during Module 2.

Module 2: In-person classroom workshop

Module 2 classroom workshops are held at one of our training venues in London or Manchester. The workshop is a half-day session where you'll put what you learned in Module 1 into action. You’ll learn about:

  • key concepts in child counselling
  • communicating through therapeutic play
  • planning the next steps of your training journey.

The in-person classroom workshop runs for three and a half hours. We offer both morning and afternoon sessions.

Training venues

Taster Day in-person workshops are held at:

  • London: Place2Be, 175 St John Street, London, EC1V 4LW
  • Manchester: Citywise, 6 Oxford Place, Manchester, M14 5RZ 
  • Manchester: ESEA, 13 Thomas Street, M4 1EU (from August 2024 onwards)

Progression to other courses

Which course you progress to after completing your Taster Day will depend on where you are in your training journey and your previous training or experience. Options include our:

You can learn more about how you can become a qualified child counsellor with us on our How to become a child counsellor page. Not quite ready to start your training, but would like to receive updates about our counselling training courses and general mental health news? Sign up for our Mental Health Professionals Network newsletter to stay in the loop.

*Qualifications completed with other providers must have included face-to-face study. Unfortunately, we’re unable to accept online courses. Please check the course information for further entry requirements.

Entry requirements

You don't need any previous experience or formal qualifications to attend our Taster Day. The main thing is that you’re passionate about helping to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

How to book

To book your Taster Day, please head to the bottom of this page and select a location and date that work for you. You'll then be taken to our booking form, where we'll ask for more details and your payment information.

Please note the date you choose when booking via our website will be when your in-person workshop (Module 2) takes place. Please make sure you book onto a date you can attend as once bookings are made, transfers and cancellations are only available in certain circumstances, in line with our Terms and Conditions

Once your booking is complete, you'll receive a confirmation email from us with important information about next steps. 

Stephanie's story

Stephanie shares why she chose to become a child counsellor with Place2Be.

I want to be able to provide children with a safe space somewhere where they feel like they can talk and they feel heard, that someone's listened to them and someone cares about them.


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Kickstart your counselling training with a Taster Day by choosing a location and date below. We'll ask you to create an account or sign in before completing your booking form.

Our system will automatically log you out if you're inactive for 30 minutes. But don't worry! You can save and return to your application by logging into My Account.

Before you book, please make sure you can travel to your chosen location on your chosen date and have read our counselling qualifications terms and conditions.

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