Advanced Specialist Diploma in Working Therapeutically with Young People

(Level 5 Equivalent)

January 2024 Start (Fortnightly Tuesday)

On this NCPS Advanced Specialist Diploma course, 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, including the role of the family, school, culture and the community in which they live.

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

Personal exploration is essential to this course, and you will document your development using a personal journal and learning log.

Entry Requirements

This course is designed for qualified counsellors 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 be aged 19 or above and be able to satisfy us of their suitability for this level of learning and personal development.

Assessment Methods

The assessment for this course will be based on passing the assignments and presentations and completing a comprehensive learning journal. Successful graduates will be awarded a Devon Counselling College Diploma in Working Therapeutically with Young People, which has Advanced Specialist Training Status with the NCPS (National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society).

Related Costs

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

NCPS Advanced Specialist Training

Completing an NCPS Advanced Specialist Training course alone is not a route to the Accredited Register, nor does it fully equip a graduate to practice as a qualified counsellor.


Dates TBC
Fortnightly Tuesdays 10:00 – 17:00
14 Sessions

Course fees

Option 1
Early Payment Fee £1300
Pay £200 deposit to secure your place on the course, followed by one payment of £1100 made by BACS one month prior to course start date.

Option 2
Course Fee £1400
Pay £200 deposit to secure your place on the course, followed by 6 monthly standing order payments of £200.

Costs included in course fees

  • Enrolment and certification fees
  • Tuition
  • Assessment
  • Individual tutorial support
  • Short term loan of a selection of books
  • Refreshments
  • Wi-fi access
  • Access to online college platform, The Study Lounge

Costs not included in the course fees

  • Purchase of books

Please contact us for more information.