The Chrysalis Level 5 Certificates

Chrysalis offers a growing suite of short Level 5 Certificate courses. Each course comprises 24 Guided Learning Hours (that is, hours you are taught by a tutor in class) and runs for three full training days. As well as the training days, there will be reading and exercises and a 3000-word assignment to complete.

Designed for already qualified and registered counsellors or psychotherapists who are looking for introductions to working in specialist areas, these courses are valuable CPD. As short courses, they are not full qualifications,

but they provide contemporary knowledge and skills to work with certain groups and in some cases will provide a route to further full training or specialist registration. Check the text for each course for specific details.

All our Level 5 Certificate courses are approved by The Prince’s Trust and listed on the Ofqual Regulated Qualifications Framework. They are quality checked by The National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society, a Professional Standards Authority (PSA) accredited register.

Course Date: 11/03/2024, 11/11/2024


On this course we explore the issues faced by LGBT+ people and examine the particular legal considerations relevant to working with this client group. We will also gain insight into what it means to be a fully inclusive practitioner and how to achieve this. This course will provide learners with some of the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for this specialist area of practice. It does not constitute a full specialist training but introduces several topics of particular importance in this area of work.

When: 1th, 12th and 21st March 2024

11th, 12th and 21st November 2024

Where: Online

Time:10am-6pm

Cost: The fee is £500 plus Prince's Trust Registration of £60 - both payable upon enrolment.

Who can apply: Students must already have a Level 5 Ofqual recognised counselling qualification or be in their third year of studies with Chrysalis Not For Profit.

  • 24 GLH
  • 15 Credits
  • One 3000 word written assignment.
  • Ofqual Regulated Qualifications Framework Level 5 Certificate
  • 3 consecutive weekdays
  • 1 Self directed study day
  • This course will be running twice a year

The Standards met by the course are:

  • Understanding terminology and theoretical models relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Understand the context of counselling sexual and gender diverse people.
  • Evaluate ethical practice when working with sexual and gender diverse people.
  • Understand how to manage the counselling relationship and process when working with sexual and gender diverse people.

NEXT round of Dates for each of these short courses:

  • Each of these courses is a 3-day course.
  • Next intake March 2024 and November 2024.
Level5

3 Consecutive Weekdays

GLH: 24

Credit: 15

Course Date: 16/10/2024


The purpose of this qualification is to enable learners to achieve an introductory qualification that equips them with skills, knowledge and understanding that enables them to embark on practice with the client group (children and young people aged 5 to 25) as part of an organised clinically supervised placement that is adjunct to another qualification leading to professional registration as a counsellor. Alternatively, learners can use this qualification to progress on to the Prince's Trust Level 5 specialist Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People.

The course is designed as an introduction to working with children and young people. This course is also the first component of the two-year Level 6 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People. On this course Learners will be introduced to the main theories about the developmental stages of childhood and adolescence. You will learn how to apply therapeutic models to practice. The ethical practice when working with children and young people. You will also be using play and creativity to develop the counselling relationship and process

When: 15th, 21st and 22nd February 2024 (Intake now full)

16th, 23rd and 24th October 2024

Where: The Guildford Institute

Birmingham Aston University

Time:10am-6pm

Cost: The fee is £500 plus Prince's Trust Registration of £60 - payable upon enrolment.

Who can apply: Qualified Counsellors with a Level 5 Ofqual qualification. Also, students at year 3 of the Chrysalis Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (or students who are at the final module of their year 2 studies who intend to progress to year 3) and who intend to work on placement with children and young people for their year 3 studies.

  • You will be able to use the Award as part of the Prince's Trust Level 6 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
  • During the week -3 days (1 +2)
  • 24 GLH
  • 15 Credits
  • TQT 150
  • One 3000 word written assignment.
  • This course will be running twice a year

NEXT round of Dates for each of these short courses:

  • Each of these courses is a 3-day course.
  • Next intake October 2024 in Birmingham

Validated by

Become a Counsellor

During the week -3 days (1 +2)

GLH: 24

TQT: 150

Credit: 15