Mindspace Counselling CPCAB Training

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CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Children & Young People

Course Length:

Across 1 Year

Course Price:

£1,845 per person

Course Timing:

1x Weekend per month
9:30am to 4:45pm
(See full details below)

Course Location:

In person (Basingstoke)

Start/End Dates:

Oct 2024 to July 2025

Awarding Body:


Essential Course Information:

Course Summary

This post qualifying qualification is designed to give learners the specialist knowledge, skills and competences to work as counsellors with children and young people aged 11-18. This qualification will enable successful candidates to work as counsellors with this age group in a range of job and career opportunities, which include but are not limited to:

  • A counsellor employed by a School or College
  • A counsellor in an agency or organisation which specialise in counselling children and young people
  • A private counsellor working for an external organisation such as a school, youth club, wellness/mental health setting
  • An ‘adult’ counsellor in independent practice wishing to extend their work to cover this age range
  • A youth worker in the community
  • An outreach worker with adolescents/teenagers

Topics Covered

By the end of the course, candidates shall have greater awareness, understanding and skills in enabling them to:

  • Work safely, legally and ethically with children and young people (CYP)
  • Facilitate a therapeutic relationship with CYP
  • Understand and work with diversity in relation to CYP
  • Work collaboratively, creatively and flexibly to engage CYP in counselling work
  • Work with self-awareness as a CYP counsellor
  • Use theory, research and skills to work effectively with CYP
  • Monitor and maintain professional practice and effectiveness as a CYP counsellor

Entry Requirements

As this is a post qualifying course, you must be a qualified counsellor/ psychotherapist with membership to a counsellling/psychotherapy professional body (e.g., BACP, NCS, UKCP), following completion of your core qualifying training such as the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma.

You must have also undertaken a minimum of 40hrs of personal therapy during or after your core training.

Students must also be aged 19 or over.

Assessment Process

Students will be assessed through a variety of methods, including:

  • A sessional reflective journal
  • A 3,000 word essay
  • A 2,000 word critique of an excerpt of a CYP counselling session
  • A 3,000 word internally assessed (mock) case study
  • A 3,000 word externally assessed case study
  • Further Study

    On completion of this course, students are eligible to apply for:

    • CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
    • Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling
    • CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Counselling Supervision (with sufficient post-qualifying experience)

    Additional Course Requirements

    In addition to attending the course, students will be required to fulfil the following requirements (which are financed by the student):

    • Engage with 20hrs of personal therapy with a Mindspace approved therapist (during the course)
    • Facilitate 60hrs of counselling with CYP clients (in a placement setting or in private practice)
    • Engage in clinical supervision with a supervisor experienced in working with CYP clients

    How to Apply

    To apply for this course, click the 'Apply Now' button on this page, or head to our application form here.

    Course Dates

    The course shall be held on the 1st weekend of each month between October and July (9:30am to 4:45pm) in Basingstoke on the following dates:

    Saturday, October 5, 2024
    Sunday, October 6, 2024
    Saturday, November 2, 2024
    Sunday, November, 3, 2024
    Saturday, December 7, 2024
    Sunday, December 8, 2024
    Saturday, January 4, 2025
    Sunday, January 5, 2025
    Saturday, February 1, 2025
    Sunday, February 2, 2025
    Saturday, March 1, 2025
    Sunday, March 2, 2025
    Saturday, April 5, 2025
    Sunday, April 6, 2025
    Saturday, May 3, 2025
    Sunday, May 4, 2025
    Saturday, June 7, 2025
    Sunday, June 8, 2025
    Saturday, July 5, 2025
    Sunday, July 6, 2025
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