Working Therapeutically with Young People Diploma

Working therapeutically with Young People Diploma

On this NCS 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, 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.

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 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.

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 which has Advanced Specialist Training Status with the NCS (National Counselling Society).

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.

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September 2021 Start
18 September 2021 - 20 March 2022
Monthly weekends 10:00 - 17:00
September 2022 Start
10 September 2022 - 11 March 2023
Monthly weekends 10:00 - 17:00


Option 1
Early Payment Fee £1000
£150 deposit to secure your place on the course, followed by one single BACS payment of £850 at least one calendar month prior to course start date.
Option 2
Course Fee £1100
£150 deposit to secure your place on the course, followed by 6 monthly payments of £166.66 (includes a £50 administration fee).