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Diploma in Counselling Teenagers


Leading to eligibility to apply for BACP registration as a Counsellor
Run by Institute of Arts in Therapy in Education, London

( TISUK practitioners eligible to apply)



This course comprises a wealth of therapeutic interventions, clinical skills practice, latest research in adolescent psychology, sociology, neuroscience and medicine. As well as working one-to-one with troubled teenagers, the course will also equip practitioners with evidence-based psychoeducation for teenagers.

The course qualifies delegates for BACP registration to work with 12 to 25-year-olds. This means being able to work in both colleges and universities.

Who it is for: TISUK Practitioners passionate about helping teenagers. 

Duration/format: 1yr, weekends, in person at IATE London.

Admission Requirements: TISUK Diploma with recommendations from course director.

Cost: £7,300 Bursaries are available for TISUK Practitioners.


"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)



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.


  • Learn to work therapeutically with the highest of ethical standards with teenagers in a variety of health, education, social services, and private sector contexts.
  • Exploring and examining how to prevent troubled teenagers from spoiling their lives through unprocessed feelings and emotional, relational, and behavioural difficulties.
  • The ability to integrate theoretical concepts with practical skills leading to effective application of core competencies in clinical practice.
  • Developing clinical skills to be able to assess the emotional needs of teenage clients and to respond to these effectively considering the identification of risk.
  • Learn 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 effectively appraise 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.



This course will be delivered predominantly over weekends running from February to February each year. 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. 

The course will provide you with a placement to see teenagers for counselling. Alternatively, you can put forward to the Placement team a setting of your current work. This can be considered, if there is no dual relationship.


The award of 'Diploma in Counselling Teenagers' will be granted upon successful completion of the training programme, completion of 36 personal psychotherapy hours, and receipt of a signed clinical log recording a minimum of 100 clinical hours.

On receipt of your diploma award, you will be eligible to apply for BACP registration (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) to be a nationally recognised registered counsellor.


If you have qualified from the Diploma in Trauma and Mental health Informed Schools and Communities and receive a recommendation from your Course Director, you will be able to apply for the Diploma in Counselling Teenagers (Higher Education College The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, academic partner of University of East London).

You will then be interviewed on zoom for this course. Interviewers are looking for in-depth personal awareness, emotional robustness, empathy, warmth and ability to think psychologically. Also, evidence that you have worked with or lived with teenagers. 

If you are accepted and have never attended a counselling course, you will need to attend a counselling course of at least 30 hours during the Diploma and show evidence of having done so. IATE has a 4-day counselling course covering 30 hours.

The Diploma in Counselling Teenagers course is for people who are passionate about helping teenagers (12-25 years), this means being able to work in both colleges and universities helping clients.


Bursaries are available for TISUK Practitioners towards the cost of the Diploma in Counselling Teenagers. The bursary covers the course fees and cost of any exam retakes (approx. £7k), participants are required to pay for travel, accommodation, and personal therapy and supervision costs. Please email for further information and an application form.