Continuing Professional Development

Post Graduate Diploma – Psychodynamic Approaches to Counselling Children and Young People in an Educational and Community Settings (CCYP)

Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy in association with The Bridge Foundation

This is a post-qualification certificate for counsellors or psychotherapists who are adult trained and wish to specialize in working with children and young people. Although it uses a psychodynamic approach your professional qualification does not have to be psychodynamic.

Applicants must hold a recognized Diploma in Counselling or Psychotherapy qualification.  Your Diploma need not be in Psychodynamic Counselling but it is helpful to have a basic knowledge of psychodynamic theory. 

All applicants must undergo an enhanced DBS check.  This is not provided by Wessex.

The course will take place in Bristol on 13 Saturdays (Induction and 12 study days) over a 12-month period.  The course content will focus on psychodynamic approaches to therapy with children and young people, developmental and neuroscience theory.  A work discussion group and process group run alongside individual supervision of your work/placement which can be arranged locally with an approved supervisor.

Participants will be assessed on attendance, participation and engagement with the programme and three written submissions at post-graduate level.  Also satisfactory completion of a placement of at least 60 hours with a child or young person and associated supervision with an approved supervisor.

For information on fees click here

Training Application Form Counselling Children & Young People

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    (referees will be approached at our discretion)
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  • Please send two copies of your application to us with your selection process fee of £75.00 to the address below:

    The Selection Committee Wessex Training Fairfield House King Street Frome BA11 1BH Please mark the envelope CONFIDENTIAL Please enclose a copy of your up to date CV. Payment of the interview fee can be made by: Cheque made payable to Wessex Counselling Or Bank Transfer to: sort code: 40 52 40 account: 00019093
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All the study days will take place in Bristol at the Bridge Foundation on a Saturday.


Each student can expect to have two tutorials with a named tutor during the 12 day study experience.

For an application form for WCP/Bridge CCYP click here


Forthcoming CPD Programme:

Working with Dreams Saturday 19/2/22   10am—4pm in person in Frome (limited places)

Darian Leader – Mourning and Melancholia - Tuesday 25/1/22   8pm

Joy Schaverien — Saturday 12/3/22   10am—1pm 

Professor Alessandra Lemma - The Body One Has and The Body One is — Tuesday 7/6/22   7pm—8.30pm

Professor Brett Kahr - Friday 18/11/22   6pm


CPD Recordings Available to Purchase 

Mitchell Wilson – The Analyst’s Desire
Marguerite Reid—The Replacement Child (or Penumbra Baby)

We are pleased to be able to offer access to recording of these seminars.

The cost is £25 and the recording link will be emailed to you and is valid for 10 days from the date it is sent to you.

To receive the link, payment of £25 can be paid to:

Wessex Counselling

Sort code: 40 52 40

Account: 00019093

Please quote your name and CPD required as reference.

Once payment has been made, please email to confirm and receive the link.



Training services

Talking therapies work

  • Course Progression to Professional Qualification
  • Introduction Course and Foundation Certificate (Stage 1)
  • Diploma Course (Stage 2)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Stage 3)
  • Continuing Professional Development Courses

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