Course Details DYP

Diploma in Working therapeutically with Young People

Devon Counselling College joined forces with two very well-respected local therapists in 2017, to add a Diploma in Working Therapeutically with Young People to our existing portfolio of quality counselling qualifications.

Jane and James Schindler-Ord, who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with young people, will be the key facilitators on this Diploma. Jane is a psychotherapist who has written and delivered courses and workshops in this area for many years. She previously ran a counselling and mental health service for the Children’s Society in Torbay. James, also a psychotherapist has several years of experience counselling young people as well as delivering courses, previously worked with Young Devon where he was responsible for assessments as well as providing therapeutic interventions for young people. Both facilitators work with children, young people and families in Private Practice and are registered members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); as such their training approach demonstrates a deep respect for ethical values and principles as well as Carl Rogers’ important core conditions.

Personal exploration is an essential part of this course and you will document your development by use of a personal journal and learning log.

Entry Requirements

This course is available to learners who have completed their Level 3 Award in Counselling Theory & Skills, if you are currently working with young people and anyone with a Level 4 Counselling Diploma and above.

This course is designed for people who are either already working with young people between the ages of 11 to 18, or who wish to expand their horizons further to work with this age group.

Entry is at the discretion of Devon Counselling College and applicants should aged 19 or above and be able to satisfy us of their suitability for this level of learning and personal development.

About this course

This is a course where you will learn to work therapeutically, effectively and safely with young people. You will gain the confidence to help a young person to express themselves and tell their story whilst understanding and employing a variety of creative interventions. You will also reflect on your own adolescence and how this may affect your role as a young person’s counsellor.

Starting with a foundation of understanding the development of the young person along with attachment patterns, you will be able to gain an understanding of the individual young person and tailor the therapy to suit their needs. You will encourage the young person to feel safe enough to have those important conversations, and empower them to explore how they can make the changes they may need to make.

You will study the impact that the systems around the young person can have on them, this includes looking at the role of the family, school, their culture and the community that they live in.

Exploring the practicalities of counselling young people, such as contracting, initial sessions as well as safeguarding, is balanced with developing therapeutic techniques and creative ways of working, thus offering an experience of therapy that can positively impact on the young person’s life.

Assessment methods

The assessment for this course will be based on passing the assignments and presentation and completing a comprehensive learning journal. Successful graduates will be awarded with a Devon Counselling College Diploma in Working Therapeutically with Young People.

Related Costs – None other than the possible purchase of books to aid learning, although we have a limited selection of book that you may like to borrow – first-come, first-served basis.