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Information for professionals

No5 provides services to professionals working with children and young people and we are always developing these to meet changing needs.

Training and Development Programs

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

Our most popular is the No5 Certificate in Counselling Young People, which meets the BACP Counselling Young People (11-18 years) Training Curriculum.

This training is offered by No5 and delivered by trainers with experience of working with young people over many years.

No5 offers counselling free to young people aged 11–25 years and has been doing this since 1971.

You can apply to No5 for a placement whilst attending this programme.


The No5 Certificate in Counselling Young People:

This training is offered in two parts:

Introduction to Counselling Young People
Workshops 1 to 4

It is open to applications from counsellors in training (studying a diploma/BA/MA in Counselling for working with adults – year two onwards).

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.

Certificate in Counselling Young People

A further 8 workshops that meet the Stage 2 ‘Formal Award’ specified by BACP.

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.


All Workshops run from 10am (arrival from 9.30am) to 4.30pm

Introduction to Counselling Young People Programme – workshops 1 – 4
Workshops 1 and 2 Saturday 5th October 2019 Sunday 6th October 2019
Workshops 3 and 4 Saturday 16th November 2019 Sunday 17th November 2019

Certificate in Counselling Young People (Post diploma) – workshops 5 – 12
Workshops 5 and 6 Saturday 11th January 2020 Sunday 12th January 2020
Workshops 7 and 8 Saturday 8th February 2020 Sunday 9th February 2020
Workshop 9 Saturday 7th March 2020
Workshop 10 Saturday 4th April 2020
Workshop 11 Saturday 9th May 2020
Workshop 12 Saturday 13th June 2020

Programme information:

Workshop 1: Introduction

Workshop 2: Working With Young People

Workshop 3: Skills for Working with Young People

Workshop 4: Normality and Pathology in Adolescence

Workshop 5: Safe-guarding and Record-Keeping

Workshop 6: Appreciating Difference and Diversity

Workshop 7: Counselling in Different Contexts

Workshop 8: Fostering Emotional Resilience and Outcome Measures

Workshop 9: Working different mental health presentations in young people, supervision and working with the system around young people.

Workshop10: Groups, Gangs and Trauma

Workshop 11: Personal presentations

Workshop 12: Reflections and Endings

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 competences 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.

• Keep a reflective learning journal must be kept during your training and the final assignment in particular will be with reference to this.

• Write the following assignments:

o After the first four workshops a 500 word personal reflection on your motivation to work with young people and your personal development and learning during the first four workshops. Required by end December 2019.
o By the end of August 2020 two pieces of written work are required:

• A 2000 word case study to illustrate your counselling work with a young person.
• A 1000 word essay 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 11.

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.

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:

£780 for 12 workshops, £260 for first four workshops only.

If you agree to cover three sessions a week rota for a year with No5 as a Volunteer Counsellor to gain your experience of working with Young People aged 11–18years you will qualify for a further reduction to £450 for all 12 workshops and £150 for first four workshops only.

As part of this we will offer supervision twice monthly for a fee of £20 with a qualified supervisor.

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: end September 2019.

To apply please contact Helen Thompson or telephone No5: 0118 901 5649

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.

Info for professionals

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