Duration: Two year course plus one term
Year one: weekend days.
Year two: Tuesdays plus a few additional weekend days.
When: Starts October 2021
Costs: Please view all of our training courses and fees
Eligible to apply for Registered Membership with BACP (MBACP)
Overview of the Course
The child counselling course offers cutting edge and inspiring theory and practice. It adopts an integrative approach, drawing on some of the most fascinating neuroscientific and psychotherapeutic theory including attachment theory, object relations theory and, in particular the work of Freud, Winnicott, Bowlby, Perls and Berne. The Diploma offers a wealth of clinical techniques to develop a meaningful dialogue with a child in ways which promote emotional health. The use of creative media: sandplay, art, puppetry, clay, storytelling are central to the clinical skills training.
Philosophy and Objectives
The training aims to enable trainees to bring about therapeutic change with troubled children and work effectively with their experiences of trauma, loss and attachment difficulties. Theory, techniques and clinical skills are designed to provide the trainee with the wherewithal to change brain as well as mind. In essence this means therapeutic conversation that will enable the child to establish good stress regulatory pathways in the brain and develop a far more sophisticated frontal lobe function. As a result children will be enabled to move from reacting impulsively under stress to reflecting, and benefitting profoundly from more sophisticated theory of mind capacities. This is partly due to the fact that, in the context of the therapeutic relationship, reflection and mentalisation, have been modelled by the therapist.
Child counselling trainees will master skills in containment, self-regulation, finding the teenager’s meaning, and staying with deep feelings, rather than reacting too quickly to what is happening in the therapeutic relationship, by being judgemental, blaming or inferring meaning.
All clinical skills taught on the course are underpinned with an in-depth understanding of child and adolescent developmental theory, child psychiatry, knowledge of relevant medication, safeguarding and child protection policies, legal and ethical issues. In short, we offer a training where the relationship offered by the therapist will enable the child to move from a life perhaps blighted by mental health problems and/or troubled relationships with self and others, to being able to enjoy a far more developed capacity for deeply fulfilling relationships, to fulfil their potential, and to know a far warmer kinder inner world.
Progression from Year One to Two and Three
Students accrue at least 100 clinical hours as an integral part of the 2 year Diploma, and 200 clinical hours as part of the Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. Trainees can exit after one year, two years or three years according to the level of nationally recognised accreditation they wish to achieve.
All candidates must have the following:
Be able to demonstrate on the interview day, the following capacities and abilities:
- Warmth, openness and ability to take feedback non-defensively.
- Contactful exchanges with others rather than being defensive, withholding, intellectualising.
- A genuine curiosity about the other as opposed to indifference or simply focusing on yourself all the time.
- Empathic therapeutic presence.
- Self-awareness, and knowledge of your own trauma triggers, defence mechanisms.
- Openness and willingness to discuss with the interviewer your own personal journey in an emotionally undefended way.
- Ability to communicate about your mental states and emotions.
- Emotional robustness.
- An accepting, compassionate, as opposed to judgmental, attitude towards others.
- The ability to stay stable under stress.
- Under interpersonal stress, the ability to reflect and negotiate with the other, rather than moving to a position of accusation or blame.
- A good ability to play.
- A positive rather than frightened or inhibited relationship to the arts.
- The ability to create with ease both mental and artistic images.
- Commitment to working with the arts and the active use of the imagination in the ways outlined by the philosophy of The Institute.
- Agree to abide by the Code of Ethics, Code of Practice and Code of Conduct adhered to by The Institute
- Undertake personal psychotherapy with approved practitioners over the duration of the course.
Helping Children to Speak About Feelings Using the Arts
Psychotherapeutic and Neuroscientific Concepts of Human Development, Emotional Health & Ill-health
Arts and the Self
Child Mental Health
Child Protection Exam
Case Study Essay
Gain UKCP registration
Develop Research Methods
Students moving on to any of the Advanced Clinical Trainings from the Level 1 Post Graduate Certificate/Advanced Diploma, must complete a short course in counselling unless they have previous experience of at least 30 hours counselling skills training.
The Third Year of the of the Diploma is an additional year of training for the prestigious UKCP registered award
Please note graduation from one level of training to the next is not automatic. Students may on occasions not be successful to progress. Others will on occasions be asked to take time out for more personal work. Please note most students are successful in progression due to the rigorous interview process for entry onto the course.
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Child Counselling
(UKCP and EIATCYP registration)
After completion of 450 supervised client hours (150 of which must be post-qualification) eligible to apply for Accredited membership with BACP.
Duration: Three year course.
Year one: weekend days only. Tuesdays plus a few additional weekends days in Year two and Year three. Year three: approximately once a month (Tuesdays).
When: Starts September each year
(Please refer to course fees for all additional costs)
How to apply
You will need to attend an interview day (Taster day).
The award of 'Diploma in Child Counselling' will be granted after 100 clinical hours have been accrued and a log submitted stating it is an accurate record of clinical hours signed by your supervisor