The Professional Development Award is delivered on a part time basis over 1 semester and is ideally suited to candidates who are already working in the sector and wish to extend their skills in counselling specifically for working with children and young people.

You will study through a blend of in-class and on-line learning and you will be expected to allocate additional study time as required. The course will be assessed through completion of an essay, case study formulation, and a reflective portfolio of skills practice.

The target audience is qualified counsellors who are already working therapeutically with adults but who seek a specific qualification to enable them to work with children and young people (CYP).


  • Professional standards to work safely with children and young people in a counselling setting
  • Communication and engagement skills to work with different age groups
  • Theoretical understanding
  • Competent and safe practice
  • Critical evaluation of own practice
  • Ethics and Professional Standards
  • Safe and Competent Practice

As Counselling Children and Young People (10 to 18): Safe and Competent Practice embeds 50 hours of CYP client work, the following entry requirements are mandatory:

  • You must have achieved a counselling/psychotherapy qualification at a minimum of SCQF level 8; to include a minimum of 100 hours supervised counselling/psychotherapy practice in line with recognised practitioner training. Prospective learners should be registered members of BACP or an equivalent professional body that adheres to an ethical framework. They must also hold an enhanced PVG disclosure for working with children and young people.
  • On completion of the PDA, you may progress to degree level study or employment.
  • Counsellor or promoted role.
  • You may be required to engage in an on line conversation as part of the application process.