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Email: training@no5.org.uk

No5 Certificate in Counselling Young People Level 5

Accredited and awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB)

Based on BACP guidelines & competencies for working with 11-18 year olds.

No5 Young People provides professional training for counsellors wishing to work with children and young people. Training is developed to meet the changing needs of clients and counselling provision.

Who is the Certificate in Counselling Young People for?

The No5 Certificate is open to all who have obtained their diploma (BA or MA) in Counselling and wish to study a full training to work with young people aged 11–18 years old. This will enable you to begin counselling with young people between the ages of 11 and 18 years old and meets the BACP training curriculum guidelines Stage 1 and onto Stage 2.

The Training Format

Introduction Week followed by Certificate Workshops

The initial Introduction week (BACP Introduction Stage 1) will cover all knowledge and skills required to be covered before starting to work with young people. It will take place in September. You will be required to achieve 50 hours of counselling with young people during the programme, (between October 2020 and August 2021).

The No5 Certificate in Counselling Young People starts in October. The certificate contains a further 8 workshops that meet the Stage 2 ‘Formal Award’ specified by BACP.

Why No5 Training?

  • Experiential – young people with experience of counselling and mental health attend the days to share their experiences and give insights from a young person’s point of view.
  • Specialist – as an agency No5 focus on supporting young people and therefore our training is delivered with expertise and planned around our clients.
  • Real-life experiences – No5 draw on everyday experiences from counsellors supporting young people, young people themselves and include real case studies.
  • Placements – you can apply to do a placement at No5 to build your counselling experience and in return for your volunteer hours, you get a reduction in your Certificate fee if successful.
  • Professional – trainers are not only experienced trainers but experienced in counselling young people. 

I would highly recommend this course – As a qualified counsellor and someone who has worked with young people for many years this course helped me to bring these two elements together. I feel more confident counselling young people, but have also learnt new skills and creative interventions that will undoubtedly be used with my clients of all ages! 


Introduction to Counselling Young People

Monday 14th September to Friday 18th September 2020
10am to 1.30pm, each day. Registration from 9.30am. This will be delivered via Zoom using meeting rooms for group work.

The original introduction course has moved to online so participants will be asked to do some pre-work before the course begins to allow for slightly shorter days. We understand you don’t want to spend all day on Zoom! 

Certificate in Counselling Young People Workshops (Equivalent to BACP Formal Award Stage 2)

Each Saturday workshop (workshops 6-13) starts at 10am (registration from 9.30am) and finishes at 5pm. Some may be delivered online due to coronavirus guidelines.

Workshop Dates
10th October 2020 – we are planning to deliver this via Zoom.
7th November 2020
5th December 2020
9th January 2021
6th February 2021
6th March 2021
17th April 2021
15th May 2021

Programme Information

The first five workshops are covered in the introductory week in September.

Workshop 1: Introduction to the No5 Certificate in Counselling Young People and the Challenges of Adolescence

Workshop 2: Attachment, Separation and Risk Assessment

Workshop 3: Understanding Young People and the World They Inhabit

Workshop 4: Skills for Working with Young People

Workshop 5: Normality and Pathology in Adolescence

Workshop 6: Safe-guarding and Record-Keeping

Workshop 7: Appreciating Difference and Diversity

Workshop 8: Fostering Emotional Resilience and Outcome Measures

Workshop 9: Counselling in Different Contexts

Workshop 10: Working with Different Mental Health Presentations in Young People, Supervision and Working with the System Around Young People.

Workshop 11: Groups, Gangs and Trauma

Workshop 12: Personal Presentations

Workshop 13: Reflections and Endings

Application Criteria

This programme is for all counsellors who are working with young people and do not have a ‘top-up’ or specific training to work with young people aged 11-18 years old. It is aimed at counsellors who have a minimum level 4 diploma in counselling of any modality.

The programme is based on the BACP Training Curriculum and attendance on this programme will enable you to meet the BACP competences to work with young people (11-18 years).

You will be required to do a minimum of 50 hours of counselling with young people to support your study, with appropriately qualified supervision.

Programme Fees

FULL COST: The cost of the full programme is £1,540 for 13 workshops. There is an additional registration fee of £184 to the CPCAB which is payable to No5 who will then pay CPCAB once you have started the course. This fee is optional, but you will not be able to achieve accreditation with CPCAB unless you pay this fee.

The total cost of the program with CPCAB Accreditation is £1,724

REDUCED COST: A 30% reduction is available to counsellors who agree to complete a placement with No5. You will be required to cover a three-session rota for a 12-month period.

The total cost of the reduced fee programme is £1,224 which includes the £184 CPCAB registration fee.

The BACP require you to have a minimum of 50 hours with this age group to meet the Formal Award Stage 2.

We will accept applications from those working with other agencies or in schools.

Application deadline: 24 August 2020. Please complete the application form.

Queries? Please contact Helen Thompson or telephone No5: 0118 901 5649.


Programme Requirements and Structure

The programme is intended to build your knowledge, skills and confidence to work with young people and builds on your previous counselling training and experience. This programme will fully equip you to work with young people safely and ethically and will build and develop the competencies listed as required by BACP.

In addition to attendance at the workshops you will be required to:

  • Study the on-line MindEd modules alongside your attendance at the workshops.
  • A reflective learning journal must be kept during your training and the final assignment, in particular, will be with reference to this.
  • After the first five workshops write a 500-word personal reflection on your motivation to work with young people and your personal development and learning during the first five workshops. Required by end of December 2020.
  • A 2000 word case study to illustrate your counselling work with a young person by the end of August 2021.
  • A 1000 word essay, by the end of August 2021, describing the development of your counselling work with young people, how the learning on the programme has impacted your approach, how supervision has supported this and a personal reflection on your learning.
  • Complete a personal presentation on an agreed topic in workshop 12.
  • You will be required to log your client work with young people and have this signed by your supervisor and the agency/school or organisation where you have gained this experience.
  • You will need to satisfy the programme tutor that your supervisor is qualified in counselling young people and provide a short statement from them about your development as a counsellor for young people.

About our Trainers

The training for the certificate is delivered by professional trainers who have experience of working with young people over many years.

Each of our trainers has been delivering this training course for the last five years and have extensive experience in both teaching and delivering counselling services to children and young people.


Anna Albert MSc, PGCE, PGDip (Counselling), PGDip (Counselling in Schools), MBACP (Registered Accred).





Chantal De Rop-Rushton MSc, BA, BACP CYP, Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents.





Helen Thompson BA, MUKCP, MFPC, (Supervision Diploma and Certificate in Counselling Young People).




You will be supported by a course facilitator at each workshop. Each of our four No5 facilitators has completed the course and have experience of delivering counselling to young people. There will be a Course Tutor assigned to you to offer support during the programme.

Reserve Your Place

To apply to attend please complete the No5 Certificate in Counselling Young People Application Form and email it to Helen Thompson.

Feedback from previous participants

“This course helped me become more creative in my thinking.”

“I enjoyed the chance to meet other counsellors and share practice ideas.”

“This course helped me understand emotional impact of working with play”.

“It was good to gain some practice of using creative tools and increase my understanding of the many issues facing young people.”

“The group work and sharing experiences made me much more aware about difference.”

“This course changed my awareness, sense of self and others.”

“The course included excellent thought-provoking discussion.”

“The clarity about legal and safeguarding issues was very helpful.”

Over 25s counselling

Although No5 is a service for young people, we understand that sometimes it is helpful for other people involved with them to get support too.

Children & young people

No5 is Reading’s service for young people dedicated to providing free confidential counselling and emotional support to anyone between the ages of 11 and 25.


We are constantly developing new training and professional development programs to meet the needs of professionals.