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Diploma in Psychodynamic Approaches to Counselling Children and Young People

The Course and Course Dates

Delivered over thirteen Saturdays in Bristol, the course focuses on psychodynamic approaches to therapy with children and young people, developmental and neuroscience theory. A work discussion group and process group run alongside individual supervision of your work/placement which can be arranged locally with an approved supervisor. The course is taught by highly experienced and qualified staff within the field. Participants will be assessed on attendance, participation and engagement in the Programme alongside three written submissions throughout the year at post-graduate level.

You will be required to complete a minimum of 60 hours client work with children or young people in a school/FE college or other institutional setting. If you do not already work in a paid or unpaid capacity with children or young people, we may be able to provide some support in finding a placement.

Who is the course helpful for?

  • Experienced school/FE/young persons’ counsellors seeking to develop their practice and update their knowledge
  • Less experienced school/FE /young persons’ counsellors wanting to improve their skills and to develop their counselling practice.
  • Graduate counsellors looking to take on work as a school/FE counsellor/young persons’ counsellor.

Fees and Application

Cost: £1,600 (monthly payment option available). Excludes cost of clinical supervision. An application form can be downloaded from

There is a £75 interview fee to be paid on application.

Applicants must hold a recognised Diploma in Counselling or a Psychotherapy qualification. Your Diploma does not need to be in Psychodynamic Counselling, but you will find it helpful to have a basic grounding or knowledge of psychodynamic theory. It is anticipated that applicants will already be working with children/young people or attempting to find paid or unpaid work as counsellors with this client group.


An application has been made to The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) to have the course accredited. The BPC is the leading UK professional association and voluntary accredited register for the psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy profession.  The BPC is made up of member institutions, including Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy, which are training institutions and professional associations in their own right.

The BPC exists to promote excellence in psychoanalytic thinking and psychotherapy; safeguard the public; promote the highest standards of training and research; and works to make psychoanalytic psychotherapy accessible to all.