For example, you could talk about a story in a TV programme, or bring up periods when you see tampons or sanitary pads in a shop.
Tell your child that they're growing up, there will be some changes that happen to everyone and you want to let them know what to expect.
Girls need to know about starting periods before they're around 10 years old, and boys need to know about the changes they can expect before they're around 12.
For the practise element of the training you will need to secure a student placement at a Relate Centre where you will be able to counsel couples on relationship issues.Your supervision will be provided by the Relate centre.If you already have a level 5 Diploma (or above) in counselling or psychotherapy you can apply to take the Relate Certificate in Relational Counselling.The qualifications required as entry to the Relate Level 4 Introduction to Relationship Counselling course are a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills or Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies.This is a good basis for open and honest communication about sex and relationships, growing up and going through puberty.
Talking to children about sex won't make them go out and do it. For example, if they ask a question, such as "Where do babies come from? Don't make it more complicated than it needs to be. " You could answer, "It comes out through a special passage in the woman's body called a vagina".Counselling is often a second or third career, and life experience is highly valued.To help you understand what being a counsellor is really like, hear from some of our counsellors about what made them decide to start a career in counselling and what it’s like to work with clients.These qualifications are important as they are practical and counselling focused rather than academically or purely theoretically focused.Counselling is a relational activity which depends on personal qualities, self-awareness and soft skills such as the ability to build a trusting relationship, work with difference and diversity and to convey emphatic understanding.We offer excellent opportunities for personal growth and development, and provide further training for those who want to specialise in a particular form of counselling with courses available in Relationship Counselling Level 4 and Level 5, Relational Training, Family Counselling, Young People's Counselling, Psycho Sexual Therapy, Supervisory Practice and Digital Counselling.