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Introduction to Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Student with Carol Holliday, Lecturer

***Update - May 2022 course entirely online***

We will be holding an online Open Day with co-course leader Dr Fiona Peacock for those interested in our Counselling courses at

3.30pm on Thursday 3 February 2022

Please email to register your interest.

Course summary

Psychotherapeutic counselling emphasises the co-creation of an in-depth therapeutic relationship that aims to facilitate growth and alleviate distress. Within this purposeful relationship human beings are viewed holistically in the context of concrete life situations and developmental stages.

Course overview

A 32-hour PAES course that aims to explore psychotherapeutic counselling with children and adolescents and develop the skills and theoretical base for such work. Course members will be encouraged to consider how these skills apply in their own work setting, through the idea of ‘embedded counselling’. There is an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and the relational processes involved in using counselling skills with children and young people.

Consideration will also be given to specific areas including;

  • counselling in schools and other settings
  • safeguarding and child protection
  • working with diversity
  • practical and ethical issues
  • working with parents and adults around the child
  • students' own work settings

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Name and describe core conditions
  • Have a basic understanding of attachment including traditional theory and neurobiological ideas
  • Be able to describe the nature of a therapeutic relationship and why relationship is at the core of the therapeutic work
  • Be able to listen accurately and support the other to communicate their experience.

Teaching Methods

Method of study

This course would usually be taught in person at the Faculty of Education. However, in view of the renewed escalation of the Covid-19 we have made the difficult decision to deliver both the January and May 2022 Introduction to Counselling courses online (via Zoom). We taught this course online last year and have developed some creative and innovative delivery methods. We will continue to offer a quality learning experience, with a high level of enriching activities, engaging experientially with both play and the arts.

The course is taught through an active learning approach that centres on experiential work. Teaching also takes place through:

  • interactive workshops
  • mini lectures
  • group discussions
  • practice sessions with peer and tutor feedback
  • practice sessions involving arts and play
  • student presentations

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at adults working with young people and children, who want to begin to develop some counselling skills and knowledge. It is appropriate for those working directly with children and young people in education or other settings such as youth work, health, or social care. It is also the entry course for those wishing to pursue the Postgraduate Diploma which is a nationally accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor education programme.


PAES (30 credits)

How is the course assessed?

  • Assessment is via a 4000 word-equivalent submission, delivered via a presentation.
  • Students are expected to keep a learning journal for the duration of the course and will need to hand this in.


Tuition Fees for 2021/22 
Home Students £910
Overseas Students (including EU)

Please note: Fees are reviewed every year and may increase in subsequent years.

Course availability

The 21-22 course will run twice, on Wednesdays beginning in January 2022 and May 2022. Applications for the January 2022 course are now closed, but we are still accepting applications for the May 2022 course. 

Students on the May 2022 course are expected to attend all of the following dates:

Course Dates 2022
Day Date Time
Wednesday 11 May 10.30-16.30
Wednesday 18 May 10.30-16.30
Wednesday 25 May 10.30-16.30
Wednesday 8 June 10.30-16.30
Wednesday 15 June 10.30-16.30
Wednesday 22 June 10.30-16.30
Wednesday* 6 July 10.30-16.30

*In addition to the teaching days, students must be available on 6 July 2022 when all students will deliver their presentations.

Who is teaching it?

Fiona Peacock and Esther Hunt. Students are supervised in learning groups to help them prepare for the assessment.

How to apply

Please fill in the standard application form available on the applications page.
The deadline for applications for the May 2022 intake is 1 March 2022. Please note we cannot accept applications after the application deadline. Group interviews will be held on Wednesday 16 March 2022.

Entry qualifications

This course is designed for those who want to explore working therapeutically with young people. No previous counselling education is required although this is a postgraduate award and normally candidates are expected to hold a good honours degree.

Open day 

We will be holding an online Open Day with co-course leader Dr Fiona Peacock for those interested in our Counselling courses at 3.30pm on Thursday 3 February 2022. Please email to register your interest.

Any course queries should be directed to