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An Introduction to Child and Adolescent Counselling

Student with Carol Holliday, Lecturer

Introduction to Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling

This course is currently being re-structured. Further details will be made available in January 2018.

Course overview:
A 60-hour PAES course which aims to explore counselling with children and adolescents and develop the skills and theoretical base for such work. Course members will be supported to use these skills in their own work setting during the course.
There is an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and the relational processes involved in using counselling skills with children and young people.
Consideration will also be given to specific areas including;

  • counselling in schools and other settings
  • safeguarding and child protection
  • working with diversity
  • practical and ethical issues
  • working with parents and adults around the child
  • students' own work settings

Using Arts and Play
There will be a focus on working therapeutically with the arts and with play. This will include practical sessions making and working with art images, sand tray work, as well as exploring the value of therapeutic story work.

Teaching Methods
The course is taught through an active learning approach that centres on experiential work. Teaching also takes place through

  • interactive workshops
  • mini lectures
  • group discussions
  • practice sessions with peer and tutor feedback
  • student presentations

Who is this course aimed at?
This course is aimed at adults working with young people and children, who want to begin to develop some counselling skills and knowledge. It is appropriate for those working directly with children and young people in education or other settings such as youth work, health, or social care. It is also the entry course for those wishing to pursue the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Courses in counselling which, together, constitute a nationally accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor programme.

Award: PAES (30 credits)

How is it assessed? Presentation with accompanying notes of 4000 words, plus submission of a learning journal

Cost: The tuition fee is £1350 Home fee status (Overseas fee is £3396)

When is it available?  There is one intake only and students are expected to attend all of the following dates - 5th October 2017, 19th October 2017, 2nd November 2017, 16th November 2017, 30th November 2017, 14th December 2017, 11th January 2018, 25th January 2018,  8th February 2018, 22 February 2018 (10 sessions held on a Thursday 9.30am – 5pm).

Who is teaching it? Fiona Peacock and Clair Lewoski

Method of study: Face to face at the Faculty of Education.

How to apply: Please fill in the standard application form available on the applications page.
The deadline for applications is 30th May. Please note we cannot accept applications after the application deadline.

Entry qualifications: This course is designed for those who want to explore working therapeutically with young people. No previous counselling education is required although this is a postgraduate award and normally candidates are expected to hold a good honours degree.

Any course queries should be directed to or 01223 767731