Postgraduate Diploma Counselling Children in Schools

2 years (part-time)
Central London


About the Diploma:

Place2Be's Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children equips participants with the skills and experience to become a qualified counsellor for children - with a unique link between training and supervision through a supervised placement in a Place2Be partner school, on top of stimulating residential weekends.

This 2 year part-time course is the only one of its kind to be delivered by a service delivery organisation based on the needs of the children we work with every day. The Diploma also offers a comprehensive pathway from beginner to Masters Level for students undertaking Level 2 and Level 3.

Read what some of our graduates have to say >>

What it covers: 

A combination of academic and experiential learning, covering a range of topics including:

  • Counselling skills
  • The use of play and creativity
  • Self-awareness
  • Child development
  • Child observation
  • An integrated counselling approach including Person Centered, Psychodynamic, Systemic and Attachment theories
  • Working transculturally
  • Emotional and therapeutic support in schools
  • Assessment, referral and multi-agency working

Useful for those who want to:

  • Become qualified, registered child counsellors
  • Learn how to work therapeutically with children in a variety of setting: schools, clinics, family centres, private practice
  • Receive training in child development, systemic thinking and integrative counselling theory
  • Develop skills as a creative and reflective counselling practitioner
  • Deepen their understanding of themselves in a professional context
  • Develop their own philosophy and style as a counsellor for children based on the Place2Be Therapeutic Approach and Programme Philosophy and Rationale
  • Experience a challenging and life-enhancing journey of growth and self-discovery

Course structure:

  • 400 hours of tutor contact time, 100 supervised clinical hours, and a minimum of 30 hours per year of personal therapy
  • 1 full day's tuition (9.30am-5pm) per week in the 1st term
  • From the 2nd term onwards, students undertake a full day's placement in a Place2Be school plus 1 tuition session per week (10am-3pm)
  • In addition, there are training weekends held twice in Year 1 and 3 times in Year 2
  • Substantial reading and written work outside of contact hours
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Staff and Outside Speakers

The Place2Be staff leading the Postgraduate and Masters programmes have a wealth of experience in the field of children's mental health and well-being.

Read about our staff and speakers >>

Graduate stories

Find out what some of our graduates have to say about their experience of the Postgraduate Diploma, their highlights of the course and how it has shaped their future careers.

Read graduate stories >>


Entry requirements:

  • Degree or equivalent professional qualification - if you do not have a degree you will need to submit a 1,500 word essay with your application form
  • Experience of working with children that is indicative of ability to achieve the standards of the programme
  • Successful completion of the Place2Be Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills for Working with Children OR an equivalent certificate level (or above) in counselling training
  • Received counselling or psychotherapy yourself
  • Willingness to be playful and creative
  • Willingness to be self-reflective and having a commitment to self-development
  • Effective listening skills
  • Appropriate personal qualities of warmth, genuineness and empathy
  • Willingness to work in a group
  • Spoken and written English to GCSE level


  • Place2Be's Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children in Schools is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Successful completion of Place2Be's Postgraduate Diploma leads to the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children in Schools by the University of East London. The course will equip learners to counsel children in any setting, with specific focus on schools.
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Dates - Download calendar

Tuesdays (Term 1-6: Daytime) 

3 September 2019 - 21 July 2020


Costs and funding

The fee for the Postgraduate Diploma for the 2019/20 academic year is £6,000 per year. For further details including instalment options find out more >>


How to apply

Applications for the 2019 academic year have now closed. Applications for the September 2020 intake will open early next year. 

Find out more

If you are interested in finding out more about this course, or have any questions, we are always happy to help. 

You can complete our enquiries form or give us a call on 020 7923 5558.

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