Qualifications in counselling

As experts in children and young people's mental health, Place2Be's range of professionally validated qualifications draws on our extensive first-hand experience.


We will help you gain the skills you need to become a children's counsellor, or to progress to a higher level of counselling training.



Taster Day

Counselling children workshop
One day workshop
Various locations

Experience Place2Be training and see what it is like to be a children's counsellor. The entry point for all of our qualification courses.
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Level 2 Award in Counselling Skills for Working with Children

Access course
Eight days (once a week)

Various locations

Gain basic counselling and therapeutic play skills for working with or caring for children and young people.
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Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills for Working with Children

Foundation course
15 days (once a week)
Various locations

Develop counselling and therapeutic play skills for working children and young people. Graduates can undertake a Volunteer Counsellor placement in a Place2Be school.
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Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children

Practice course
Eight days (over a year)
Various locations

Volunteer Counsellors at Place2Be can gain an additional specialist qualification in counselling children.
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Postgraduate Diploma Counselling Children in Schools

Two years (part-time)
Central London

Become a qualified counsellor for children - the only course of its kind to be provided by a service delivery organisation based on the needs of the children we work with every day.
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Masters Counselling Children in Schools Research

One year (part-time)
Central London

An exciting opportunity for practising counsellors to enrich our knowledge of counselling for the benefit of the children and young people we work with.
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Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision

13 days (over seven weekends) with an additional tutorial day
Central London

Acquire the knowledge and competencies required to practise as a counselling supervisor in line with ethical standards.
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If you are interested in finding out more about any of our courses, or have any questions, we are happy to help.

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