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This highly interactive and experiential workshop focuses primarily on the differences between working with adults and working with young people, helping you make the necessary cognitive and emotional adjustments between working with these two very different client groups.  It is constructed on the very clear evidence-based competences that the BACP have identified and is designed to complement and extend the training offered in courses aimed at working with adults.

Throughout the workshop we will be reflecting back on our own experiences of adolescence and considering our wider experiences of and attitudes towards young people.  This will help enhance our empathy with and ability to relate to our young clients.

Learning outcomes relating to working with young people aged 11-18:

Understanding of the social, emotional and psychological development of young people

Understanding issues affecting the psychological and emotional health of young people

Knowledge of relevant legal frameworks, including confidentiality, consent and capacity, child protection and disclosure, and risk assessment

Ability to operate within the relevant professional and ethical guidelines

Ability to work in different contexts/settings

Ability to communicate with young people of different ages and developmental stages


During the course of their work, professionals are likely to come across individuals who have experienced psychological trauma. In the face of what seem like intractable difficulties or behaviour which is hard to understand, we can feel ill-equipped to know how to respond. 

The workshops are intended for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health practitioners who wish to develop their practice to include a relational approach to working with trauma.

Course aims and structure

The fundamental aim of the training is to provide practitioners with theoretical and practical exposure to modern views in the field of trauma treatment. This will enable them to develop understanding and competence in their field, deepening their knowledge base philosophically, theoretically and clinically, and from this to enable an integration within their field of work and practice.

The course is offered as 5 workshops, which can result in the qualification of the SPTI Certificate in a Relational Approach to the Treatment of Trauma. Some participants may not wish to submit written clinical work and so will receive a Certificate of Attendance.