Category: Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People



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Throughout all our activities and programmes, the Centre For Personal Development will actively continue to promote Integrity, respect, professionalism, inspiration and pride, during our training courses and within the delivery of our training provision. Treating our staff and students, with dignity and respect, is central to everything we do at the Centre For Personal Development. We want to make your training experience with us an enjoyable and memorable one, and we want do develop a good working relationship with you based on respect and integrity and work in collaboration with you during the course.
The course fee for the Diploma in Counselling Children

The Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People course fee is £1,300. You can pay off your course fees with our Easy Payment Plan and I have enclosed information about below about this.

Courses run throughout the year. Please contact us for next course intake dates.

The course is for people that want to gain the skills

Many professionals want to work with children and young people, but lack the skills and qualifications needed to achieve an effective working relationship. There is a big difference between counselling children and counselling adults, and to work with children and young people professional need to acquire the skills to enable them to communicate and work effectively within this field.

The course is for people that want to gain a qualification

This course has been designed for professionals with an interest in counselling children and young people, and a desire to increase their skills and knowledge of working and communicating effectively with children and young people in a counselling context. This course is specifically for Counsellors and Psychotherapists who want to gain an accredited, qualification in working with children and young adults.

Criteria for the course

We require evidence of a Diploma in Counselling qualification. You do not need to be counselling children, or working with children and you do not need to do placement hours working with children.

The course accreditation

The Course is accredited with the (AAECC) Association for Accrediting and Endorsing Counselling Courses. The External Examiner will evaluate and moderate the course work to ensure it meets the required standard. There is an established Inspection and Moderation Programme written for the Association for Accrediting and Endorsing Counselling Courses by Pat Shea-Halson. It is used at the Centre for Personal Development. The Inspection and Moderation process will embrace the direct observation of the delivery of the curriculum, monitoring of the Course Tutors and student’s performance, and evaluation of the Centre’s strategy for monitoring and enhancing the quality of its own provision, and measure the academic standard of the courses, in accordance with the aims and objectives of the course and the area of study, to ensure a high academic standard is achieved. All of our Course Examiners are independent of the Centre For Personal Development. The Course Examiner, visits the Centre For Personal Development and inspects the course work that has been completed by the students. It is submitted to the Course Tutor and marked in accordance to the marking procedure. The Course Examiner ensures that all the systems and procedures, have been adhered to, and the Course Tutors have used the criteria to evaluate the student’s course work, and ensure the aims and objectives, and high standards of the course have been achieved.

The Successful Course Examination Process

This Inspection, Examination and Moderation Procedure was designed and development by Pat Shea-Halson in consultation with representatives from Counselling Courses and Counselling Students from different Colleges and Universities, Moderators, Course Examiners, Lecturers in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Accreditation Panels. They were all supportive of quality assessment for Educational Courses. The Centre For Personal Development has being using this successful Course Examination Process since 1995, and is accepted and recognised by colleges, universities and employers since 1995.

Information regarding the Course Examiners

Although the Inspection, Examination and Moderation Programme have been designed by Pat Shea-Halson, the Course Examiners are Independent Course Examiners. They are usually Moderating other courses or Counselling Courses at Colleges and Universities, and within other training establishments. Pat specifically requested Independent Course Examiners to evaluate the courses. This will ensure that the course has been stringently assessed and examined by an Independent Judicator

Working together in a safe, warm, friendly environment

The Diploma in Counselling Course is taught in a relaxed, warm friendly atmosphere, through a structured syllabus, and presented through lectures, group work discussion, seminars, and home study.
Overview of Diploma in Counselling Children Course Syllabus:
• The Counselling Relationship
• Goals for Counselling Children
• Issues Related to Counselling Children and Young Adults
• The Difference between Counselling Children and Counselling Adults
• The Child and Counsellor Relationship
• The Counselling Contract
• Developing a Working Alliance with the Child
• Working Effectively with Children
• Working with Children and the Law
• Ethical Consideration
• Theoretical Perspectives
• Inviting the Child to tell their Story
• Integrating Counselling Theory
• Working Creatively with Children
• Play Therapy
• Art Work
• Group Work with Children & Adults
• The Stages of Loss and Bereavement
• Support for the Bereaved Child
• Working Effectively with Adolescents
• Identity and Self-esteem
• Working with Anger
• Working with the Bereaved Child
• Working with Bereaved Adult
• The Process of Child Therapy
• The Process With Young Adults
• The Counselling Process
• Dealing With Resistance and Transference
• Professional Practice
• Effective Endings
• Termination of Counselling

Course Work Criteria

Each participant is required to produce a Learning Journal, and a 5,000-word essay on Counselling Children and Young People, (examples of previous Assignments are available to assist you with the structure or content necessary to demonstrate the criteria for the Assignment). You will be given a lot of support and encouragement from the Course Tutor to help you organise, formulate and structure the Assignment. If you are referred on an Assignment, you will be given the support of the course tutor, with written feedback on the marking sheet; stating the reasons why the Assignment has been referred. You can also have a tutorial with verbal feedback and advice and support from the course tutor to help you gain a pass for your Assignment. You will then be given a submission date to re-submit the Assignment. We will endeavour to support participants with their written work and Assignments, we want you to pass the course and gain your qualification, and will assist you to achieve this.

Encouraging interaction through effective course Facilitation

The Course Facilitator is Pat Shea-Halson, Pat is a Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy, She has a lot of experience working as a Child and Family Therapist and has a proven record in achieving high levels of success working with children, she designed, developed and facilitated the successful NEW LEAF PROGRAMME©.

Liverpool University recently completed research on the NEW LEAF PROGRAMME© and concluded it was a successful programme:

“It can be concluded that the New Leaf Programme successfully proves that there is a relationship between self-esteem and confidence levels. The programme uses academia and social relationships as a vehicle to highlight how increased confidence, learnt through a variety of activities, can improve all other aspects of life. The children, deemed underachievers, have successfully completed the programme while also improving their schoolwork. They learnt respect, and as a result improved their relationships with other children in their school. Teachers acknowledged not only their academic results, but also their behaviour within class. The self-monitoring, obvious from the programme, means that the skills are not only taught, they are encouraged to be repeated away from the programme. The New Leaf Programme is a success and allows many children across the poorer areas of the North West to benefit, and triumph academically, and reduce the chance of failure within later life” (Johnson 2011)

(University Of Liverpool)

Engaging in an enjoyable learning experience

Pat has many years experience of facilitating courses, she is the Director of the Centre for Personal Development and believes teaching and learning should be a fun, exciting, enjoyable experience. The Centre has a wonderful, relaxed, tranquil, learning environment. The rooms are all painted in beautiful pastel colours. It is a pleasure to work in. Pat creates a relaxed atmosphere, and through her warm, friendly approach to teaching, always makes the sessions informative and enjoyable. She is an excellent facilitator and has extensive experience in teaching on counselling courses, and her teaching style has been described as dynamic.

What is awarded on completion of criteria and course work?

On completion of course and for fulfilling the course criteria participants will be presented with the following Award: Diploma in Counselling Children and Young Adults. This Diploma is accredited by (AAECC) Association for Accrediting and Endorsing Counselling Courses.

Course fees and Course venue

The course is run over a period of 5 weekends. From 10am – 5pm, At the Centre for Personal Development, The course fee is: £1,300. To secure your place on the course, please return the Enrolment Form and send your course fee. You can pay your course fee in full or in installments. To enable participants to have access to the course the fees can be paid in installments. This will result in an administration charge making the total payment of, £1,340. This will be processed with a Standing Order

Our Easy Plan Payment to pay your course fees in installments

We are aware that everyone is experiencing tough times financially at the moment, and also aware that people also want to continue with their personal and professional development to improve their skills and qualifications, and improve their job prospects. We want to provide you with the access to do the training course, that will help you to develop within your chosen field within the counselling world.
We want to enable you to invest in learning new skills, and gain an accredited qualification that will help you to be at the forefront of your chosen field, as a Counselling professional.
To ensure that you have continued success as a Counsellor, we acknowledge that it is important for us to support you, and assist you, to spread the cost of your training.
To enable you to have access to the course, begin your chosen training programme, and further develop your career, we have designed and developed an easy payment system for you. This will enable you to begin your training programme and spread the cost of the course. The Easy Payment Plan allows you to pay by installments via a Standing Order.
Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
Cost of Qualification – £1300
Paying course fee in installments
Cost of Qualification – £1300 + £40 Administration Fee
£240 deposit and 11 monthly payments of £100 payable via Standing Order. Cost of the course paying in installments = £1340

Accelerating the learning process.

The Centre For Personal Development is an excellent learning environment; we usually have a maximum of 14 students on our Diploma in Counselling Course. We make the learning process a pleasurable encounter, enabling participants to absorb information and integrate and maintain the knowledge taught on the course. We do this by using the accelerated learning techniques, that make learning a fun, enjoyable, memorable experience. We enable our course participants to work at their own pace, and develop the skills necessary to easily absorb the information on the course, through a series of learning techniques, and personal and professional development exercises. The Centre’s learning environment has been specifically designed to accelerate the learning process. This is evident from the positive feedback from participants on all courses.

If you would like any information regarding these courses, please feel free to contact us at the Centre For Personal Development on 0151 708 5706 or Email;