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"We’re the leading UK provider of school-based mental health support, offering accredited professional qualifications in counselling."


About Place2Be

Place2Be is a national charity providing a range of services targeted at improving children and families’ mental health and wellbeing since 1994. Today we are an innovative, growing charity currently working with 230 schools across the UK, supporting over 90,000 children.

Professional Qualifications

Place2Be offers accredited Professional Qualifications which range from a Taster Day: Counselling Children Workshops to a 15-week Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills for Working with Children (Foundation) and a 2-year part time Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children in Schools. Our courses are accredited and validated by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB), British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and the University of East London (UEL).

Course Participants

Place2Be training provides participants with new skills and strategies to support children’s emotional wellbeing.

Our courses are ideal for those who want to:

  • Gain counselling skills to enhance their communication with children
  • Pursue a career in child counselling or in the childcare workforce
  • Progress to higher level counselling training
  • Gain the skills needed to apply for a position as a Volunteer Counsellor for Place2Be

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Course format

Our training invites participants to consider their own emotions and self-awareness in response to the children and young people with whom they are working. At The Place2Be, we believe that an understanding of one’s own emotional wellbeing plays an essential part in supporting the wellbeing of others. 

Our trainings are:

  • Interactive workshops from which all participants can benefit
  • Highly creative where participants have the opportunity to use play materials and engage in hands-on activities
  • Theory-based so that participants gain up-to-date relevant knowledge
  • Experiential meaning that participants will need to be open to reflection, discovery and self-awareness
  • Focused around group discussions if support of lectures, where everyone is encouraged to participate and share ideas

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Course locations

The Place2Be is a national charity with Professional Qualification courses in England, Scotland, and Wales.

We have training in London, Medway, Manchester, Cardiff & Edinburgh.

To register

To obtain a booking form and to find out more about each of our courses, please click on the links below:

  • Taster Day: Counselling Children Workshop
  • Access Course: Introduction to Counselling Skills for Working with Children
  • Foundation Course: Counselling Skills for Working with Children
  • Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Counselling Children in Schools

Alternatively, you can contact us through email or phone 020 7923 5558.

Student story

The Place2Be Foundation Course and Postgraduate Student: Sue Brown

''I would highly recommend The Place2Be training to anyone who is thinking about taking up counselling children. Their courses are thought out, work well within the school environment and provide a safe framework for all involved.

While I was supported in increasing my knowledge base, I was also encouraged to expand my skills and to try different approaches. Through working with more experienced counsellors, I developed my techniques and gained a better understanding of myself so that I could be more effective in the counselling environment. It has changed me on so many levels and helped me feel equipped to begin the next phase of my career.''


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Contact details

Our head office is located at:


The Place2Be
13/14 Angel Gate
326 City Road

By Tube:

Angel tube station (5 min walk)
Old Street tube station (15 min walk)

By Bus:    

London Bridge to Friern Barnet    43
Paddington to Whitechapel          205
Liverpool St to Highgate              214

Telephone:    020 7923 5558

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