Trainee placements with children and young people
Counselling Young People (11-18 years) Training Curriculum Framework, November 2017
The Counselling Young People (11-18 years) Training Curriculum is now available to download at Competences and curricula.
The curriculum is an evidence informed framework, underpinned by BACP’s Competences for Humanistic Counselling with Young People (11-18 years) and is aimed at training providers intending to deliver training courses for counselling young people in a variety of contexts. The curriculum is designed to be flexible to meet the diverse needs of different training providers and potential students.
The curriculum is divided into three stages:
- Stage 1: Introduction to Counselling Young People
- Stage 2: Formal Award in Counselling Young People
- Stage 3: Additional Subject Areas (for higher level or top-up awards, or for post-qualifying CPD)
Revision of Basic YP Competences
The Basic YP Competences for students working with young people have been revised and are now included in the first stage of the Counselling Young People (11-18 years) Training Curriculum. There is a transition period to give accredited courses time to make any necessary adjustments for the teaching and assessment of these elements for those students who wish to undertake practice hours with CYP. As such, the Basic YP Competences will be removed from the website in May 2019 after which time courses will need to refer to Stage 1 of the Counselling Young People (11–18 Years) Training Curriculum (i.e. The Introduction to Counselling Young People).
This review of the Basic YP Competences was undertaken during the development of the Counselling Young People (11-18 years) Training Curriculum to ensure consistency in the requirements and competences that counsellors need to have attained prior to beginning practice with CYP. The rationale for making the revisions was to eliminate any confusion between the Basic YP Competences and the Basic competences for humanistic counselling with young people that are within the Competences for work with young people (11–18 years), and to ensure that the requirements and competences that are needed at this stage of a counsellors training are fit for purpose.
The outcome of this process has resulted in a more relevant and coherent set of competences for beginning work with CYP clients. The elements within the Introduction to Counselling Young People (Stage 1) can be delivered as a separate module/unit to the accredited course, or as a distinct award. Courses may also choose to deliver and assess these components in collaboration with a placement provider. Students who are trained and assessed as competent in the Learning Outcomes for the Introduction to Counselling Young People can progress onto a formal award in counselling YP once they have completed their core training (please see Stage 2 of the training curriculum at Competences and curricula.
What are the differences between the Basic YP Competences and the Introduction to Counselling Young People?
The number of competences that are required to be taught and assessed in the Introduction to Counselling Young People are fewer than those included in the Basic YP Competences. It is hoped that this will make the delivery and assessment of the competences less onerous for courses and placement providers. A mapping exercise has been undertaken to compare the competences within the Basic YP Competences and the Introduction to Counselling Young People which can be accessed here:
It is recommended that this mapping document is viewed alongside the Competences for Humanistic Counselling with Young People (11-18 years) which can be accessed at Competences and curricula
All the requirements contained within the previous BACP statement remain the same:
1. Students on adult client oriented training courses may work with CYP on placement provided that, either the training provider and/or the placement service provider ensure that the student is assessed as having the basic competences to practice safely and ethically with CYP: Basic YP Competences Please note: In May 2019, the Basic YP Competences will be removed from the website after which time courses will need to refer to Stage 1 of the Counselling Young People (11–18 Years) Training Curriculum (i.e. The Introduction to Counselling Young People) in Competences and curricula
2. Before working with CYP, either the training provider and/or the placement service provider must ensure student counsellors have received essential training and development to work with CYP to work on placement.
3. Training and development can be achieved through the inclusion of the Basic YP Competences or the Introduction to Counselling Young People in the course training programme or placement provider induction and can be supplemented by recommended Counselling MindEd e-learning sessions. The Counselling MindEd resources are free to access and students can save and print certificates of completion to evidence their participation.
4. Training providers and CYP Counselling Service providers may also want to access BACP Good Practice in Action resources to support practice.
5. If students carry out placements with CYP they must receive robust and appropriate supervision from supervisors who are themselves competent to work with children and young people.
6. Training providers and CYP Counselling Service providers should ensure that students working with 16-18 year old clients should be made aware that this age group that falls between various child and adult laws. For more information see BACP Good Practice in Action – Legal resources.
7. If students wish to pursue placements with young people (16-18 years old) when on training courses which train them to work with adults, then BACP will also recognise the training placement as long as the students are working ethically, competently and have robust supervision, the hours will count towards the 100 clinical placement hours required by the course and towards BACP Registration and Accreditation.
Our intention is always to ensure high standards of training and ethical practice, especially so when working with this vulnerable client group. Our ethical position* remains unequivocal, in that counsellors are required to work within competence. BACP’s position ensures that students are able to complete the clinical practice element of their counsellor/psychotherapist training and count all their placement hours for BACP registration and accreditation purposes.
*See BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions - Working to professional standards point 13.
Please note: CYP practice hours accrued by students prior to 14th June 2016 may be counted as part of a student’s placement hours, provided that all requirements of this statement were met and continued to be met from commencement of the placement. If the requirements were not met, or it cannot be determined that they were met, the hours cannot be counted retrospectively. In addition, placement hours completed as part of an accredited course must also meet all of the requirements for course accreditation.
If you have any questions concerning course accreditation, or about the revision of the Basic YP Competences please contact Sabine Maltby (Course Accreditation Officer) at email@example.com
If you have any questions about the Counselling Young People (11–18 Years) Training Curriculum, please contact Caroline Jesper (Professional Standards Development Facilitator) at: firstname.lastname@example.org