Leading to eligibility to apply for BACP registration as a Counsellor


Starts February 2022 
This training programme will be delivered predominantly over weekends with a combination of onsite and online training days. Students must be able to travel to The Institute in London as and when onsite study has been scheduled. 

This course is due to finish in February 2023. 

"The Teenage Counselling Diploma was outstanding. I felt it was a great success and incredible to think it was all delivered through a pandemic!!"
Frances Ackland-Snow (author of the book and film, starring Jeremy Irons The Little Girl with No Voice)


Philosophy of the course

What an amazing stage of life, with all its dramatic hormonal changes, which can turn that sweet little kid into a teenager who knows their own mind, becomes their own person and finds their own direction. If all goes well, transition to adulthood means the teenager fully engages with their drive and creativity, discovers their sexuality in the context of a loving relationship, and develops a far deeper level of social and emotional intelligence. But if things go wrong, teenagers can find themselves living with the torment of shame, anxiety or depression, low self-esteem.


About the course

This course comprises a wealth of age appropriate therapeutic interventions, clinical skills practice, fascinating theoretical underpinnings from the latest research in adolescent psychology, sociology, neuroscience and medicine. As well as working one-to-one with troubled teenagers, the course will also equip students with evidence-based psychoeducation for teenagers. This includes vital knowledge to enable teenagers to successfully process painful life experiences and make informed decisions about key aspects of their lives e.g. use of social media, drugs, alcohol, gender and sexuality, self-harm, relationships with peers and parents, how to say no and look after themselves, the skill of happiness and what to do with their life. This will enable students to be able to teach psychology-informed PSHE lessons for teenagers.

The course will train students to be able to run specific focus mental health groups in a safe highly structured way. These moving therapy groups offer teenagers the opportunity to meet others who are going through what they are going through.

All clinical skills taught on the course are underpinned with an in-depth understanding of developmental theory, relevant psychoanalytic and psychological theory and the neuroscientific research-base explaining what the emotionally-available adult does to optimise effectiveness. The training aims to support the counsellor to enable the child to move from a life blighted by mental health problems and/or troubled relationships, to being able to enjoy a capacity for a far more compassionate accepting relationship with self, for deeply fulfilling relationships with others and to know a far warmer, kinder inner world.

The Diploma is awarded jointly by The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE) and Trauma Informed Schools UK (TISUK). IATE is a Higher Education College of over 30 years standing, member organisation of the government body Health and Care Professions Council, the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. TISUK is a Community Interest Company providing training to over 500 schools in the country. TISUK is highlighted in the DfE Advice to Schools: Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools DfE-00327-2018, as supporting and promoting positive mental health. Sheffield Hallam University includes a compulsory module of TISUK’s training in every level and age phase of their initial teaching education (over 1000 trainee teachers to date have received the training).

This course comprises of classroom-based tuition and a supervised placement of 100 client hours. We have a designated placement coordinator for the course. Client groups are pre-assessed as suitable. This is supervised practice. All students are required to attend weekly personal therapy and independent supervision at their own cost. 


Who is this course for?

The course is for people who are passionate about helping teenagers. The course qualifies delegates to work with 12 to 25-year-olds. This means being able to work in both colleges and universities. The need is great! There are so few people in this country who hold an actual qualification in counselling teenagers, so we are confident that this Diploma will open many doors.


Main Educational Aims of the course

  • Preparing students to be able to work therapeutically with the highest of ethical standards with teenagers in a variety of health, education, social services and private sector contexts;
  • Providing opportunities to explore and examine how to prevent troubled teenagers from spoiling their lives through unprocessed feelings and emotional, relational and behavioural difficulties;
  • Enabling students to acquire the ability to integrate theoretical concepts with practical skills leading to effective application of core competencies in clinical practice;
  • Enabling students to develop clinical skills to be able to assess the emotional needs of teenage clients and to respond to these effectively taking into account the identification of risk;
  • Enabling students to help teenagers process their feelings in such a way that empowers them to form meaningful and enriching connections with self and others;
  • Ensuring that students have acquired the reflective and evaluative skills necessary to monitor and appraise effectively their work with teenagers;
  • Enabling students to work with the arts, metaphor and symbol to help teenagers explore their inner worlds and connect to their creativity
  • Enabling students to run therapy groups for teenagers and psychological based PSHE sessions for teenagers on how to do life well;
  • Enabling students to run parent-teenager short term therapy sessions to improve the quality of the relationship.


The award of 'Diploma in Counselling Teenagers' will be granted after a minimum of 100 clinical hours have been accrued and a log has been submitted stating it is an accurate record of clinical hours signed by your supervisor



All applicants for Routes One & Two must submit a letter of recommendation from their most recent course leader / tutor to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and complete an Internal Application Form
Applicants for Route Two will also be asked to attend an interview

Applicants for Route Two will need to evidence completion of a Counselling Skills Training course (30 hours).
This can be completed whilst on the Diploma in Counselling Teenagers programme either with IATE or elsewhere. Please send proof of completion to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Applicants for Route Three must submit an External Application Form and attend a Taster Day

Applicants must have;

  • Some experience of living with or working with teenagers
  • Empathy, in-depth capacity for reflection
  • Self-awareness, good contact and therapeutic presence 

Attendance on this programme via Route Two cannot be considered if TIS training has not been completed in full. All days must have been attended and assessments successfully passed.

Route One

First year training curriculum from: Level One, DipCC Year 1, MA IAP Year 1, Wellbeing Year 2 (two year qualification)

Second year starts February 2022: Young People’s Mental Health, Counselling Interventions and Clinical Placement (weekend days and some weekdays scheduled during school half term and holidays).
Eligible to apply for BACP registration after BACP Membership and Proficiency test.

Total trainer contact hours range from a minimum of 250 to 400 hours

Route Two

First year: September 2021 

Therapeutic Conversations (one to one and whole school) Trauma and Mental Health Informed schools and Communities
Weekend days and work based learning: University route or internal award. 

University validated route (12 day) Certificate in Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools and Communities (Level 5. 20 credits)
Starts: September 2021 ends January 2022 (all weekend days).
This is being delivered as a blended learning programme with on-site training in London for some of the classes (6 weekends)
Our sister organisation Trauma Informed Schools www.traumainformedschoools.co.uk deliver this course around the UK with one entirely on-line.
If you wish to do this course in another region of the UK it will need to have finished before the start of the Diploma in Counselling Teenagers programme in February. Attendance on this programme cannot be considered if TIS training has not been completed in full. All days must have been attended and assessments successfully passed.


Second year: February 2022 

Young People’s Mental Health, Counselling Interventions and Clinical Placement (weekend days and some weekdays scheduled during school half term and holidays).
Eligible to apply for BACP registration after BACP Membership and Proficiency test.

Total trainer contact hours: 250 hours

Route Three

Starts February 2022: For qualified counsellors or therapists only
Qualification at the end of one year.

Admissions criteria: at least 100 training hours and qualification from a recognised College plus a clinical log detailing client hours under supervision signed by an appropriately trained clinical supervisor (accredited UKCP or BACP). Also as least one year personal psychotherapy (signed from and registration number of therapist required).

Please note that this route does not lead to eligibility for BACP registration as although intensive does not fulfil BACP requirement for two years part time or one year full time. In order to proceed with registration with BACP you must complete a Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools and Communities training programme.

Total trainer contact hours: 200 hours

Changes to the curriculum, teaching staff, assignments on our courses
IATE reserves the right to make adjustments to the above due to unforeseen circumstances. 
The quality of the training will not in any way be compromised in doing so.

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