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No5 Diploma in Counselling Young People Level 5

No5 Diploma 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 Diploma in Counselling Young People for?

The No5 Diploma 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

Introductory Workshops followed by Diploma Workshops

The Introductory workshops (1-4) will cover all knowledge and skills required to begin working with young people. These workshops take place in September and October.

You will be required to achieve 50 placement hours of counselling with young people aged 11-17 during the programme (between being signed off to begin work in October/November 2024 and July 2025).

Workshops 5-12 meet the BACP’s Stage 2 ‘Formal Award’.

Why No5 Training?


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.


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.


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 Diploma fee if successful.


Trainers are not only experienced trainers but experienced in counselling young people.

Training Course Details

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. Please read below for details of practice hours.

You will attend an interview with one of our Tutors and/or programme manager. Candidates wishing to complete their placements at No5 will need to attend an interview with the No5 clinical team. A Placement Application Form can be requested from David Edwards, Clinical Lead.

Applications are now full for 2024/25!

Please complete the training application form if you wish to join our wait list. If you have any queries please contact The Training Team at No5.

Programme Fees

Full cost

The cost of the full programme is £2,160 for 12 workshops including the CPCAB registration fee of £245 which is payable to No5 who will then pay CPCAB once you have started the course.

Reduced cost (No5 placement)

A reduced fee 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 £1,620 which includes the £245 CPCAB registration fee.

Reduced cost (Deduction from Introductory Modules)

For delegates who have already paid for, and completed, the Introductory Modules wit No5, a deduction of £350 (the total cost of the Introductory Modules) will apply. The total programme fee for counsellors on placement at No5 is £1,270 which includes the £245 CPCAB registration fee.


In alignment with No5’s Strategic Priorities, we work to secure funding towards Bursaries on this programme to promote difference and diversity amongst counsellors training to work with young people.

These bursaries are yet to be confirmed for 2024/25, however if you are interested in a Bursary place on the programme, please let us know when submitting your Application Form.


Course Hours

  • You will need to complete 50 placement hours with young people age 11 to 17 at an appropriate placement.
  • 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.
  • You may be required to complete 20 hours of personal therapy if requested to do so by the Course Tutor.
  • You will attend 82 Guided Learning Hours and 299 Additional Learning Hours
  • Your Total Qualification Time will be 381 Hours

Diploma in Counselling Young People 2024/2024

This is an in-person training, held on Saturdays between September and June at Thames LIDO in Central Reading.

Workshop 1: Saturday 14th September – Introduction to Programme and to Working with Young People
Workshop 2: Saturday 28th September – Skills for Working with YPs
Workshop 3: Saturday 12th October – Safeguarding, Record-Keeping and outcome Measures
Workshop 4: Saturday 26th October – Attachment, Separation, Normality and Pathology in Adolescence
Workshop 5: Saturday 16th November – Appreciating Difference and Diversity
Workshop 6: Saturday 7th December – Developing Emotional Literacy and Agency to Support Wellbeing in Young People
Workshop 7: Saturday 18th January – Creative Practice
Workshop 8:Saturday 15th February – Counselling in Different Contexts
Workshop 9: Saturday 15th March – Working with Young People and their Network
Workshop 10: Saturday 26th April – Group presentations
Workshop 11: Saturday 17th May – Groups, Gangs and Trauma
Workshop 11: Saturday 14th June – Reflections and Endings

Aims of the Programme

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

The programme is experiential and intended to be applied during the programme to your counselling work with young people.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Work safely, legally and ethically as a counsellor with young people aged 11 – 18 years old.
  2. Work therapeutically with young people.
  3. Work with issues around culture, family and diversity relevant to the development of young people.
  4. Work with an age-appropriate counselling approach to engage with young people.
  5. Work with self-awareness as a practitioner with young people
  6. Use a coherent framework of theory and skills relevant for working with this age group.
  7. Monitor and maintain professional effectiveness as a counsellor of young people.

Applications are now full for 2024/25!

Please complete the training application form if you wish to join our wait list.. If you have any queries please contact The Training Team at No5.

About our Training Team

The training team is made up of The Programme Manager, Trainers, Guest co-Trainers, Facilitators, Tutors, and Training Admin support.

Our team have been collectively delivering this training course for since 2016 and have extensive experience in both teaching and delivering counselling services to children and young people.


Programme Manager 

Carly Newman BA (Hons), Operations and Relationships Manager at No5

Lead Trainers 

Anna Albert MSc, PGCE, PGDip (Counselling), PGDip (Counselling in Schools), MBACP (Registered Accred), School Counsellor – Wellington College

Chantal De Rop-Rushton MSc, BA, BACP CYP, Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents, Head of Year 3 Birkbeck MSc in Adolescent Psychotherapy 

Emma Beesley BSc, MBACP (Registered Accred), PGDip (Counselling), No5 Clinical Projects & School Counselling Coordinator, No5 School Counsellor – Kendrick School 

Guest Co-trainers and Facilitators:

Rachel Kershaw – MBACP, MUKCP 

Kirsten Willis, BME, Head of Ops. Berkshire West Head of Ambulance Service NHS Berkshire. 

Course Facilitators and Markers 

We have a team of workshop facilitators who also will mark your work. Having two markers supported by your Tutor enhances your learning as you will receive varied feedback from multiple perspectives.

All of our facilitators and markers have completed this programme in previous years and are currently working with young people.

Course Tutors 

Helen Thompson BA, MUKCP, MFPC, Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (wpf), Supervision Diploma and Certificate in Counselling Young People. Clinical Director at No5

Jackie Powell Bsc, PGCE, Dip.Couns, Dip.Couns.YPL5, BACP. Employed Counsellor at No5

Training Admin Support 

No’s Operations Team – Ruby Hussain, Projects Coordinator and Abbie Trussler, Communications Officer

Additional Support 

Alyson Wylding BA (Hons.), Dip. Contemporary Psychotherapy MBACP. Director of No5 

Assignment Markers and Moderators 

All Assignments and Learning Reviews throughout the programme will be marked by your Tutor and their marking team.

Chantal De Rop Rushton is the Internal Assignment Moderator.

Applications are now full for 2024/25!

To apply for a wait list place on the programme please complete the No5 Diploma in Counselling Young People Application Form and email it to the Training Team.

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.”