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Introduction to Child and Adolescent Psychotheraputic Counselling

Student with Carol Holliday, Lecturer

Introduction to Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Psychotherapeutic counselling emphasises the co-creation of an in-depth therapeutic relationship that aims to facilitate growth and alleviate distress. Within this purposeful relationship human beings are viewed holistically in the context of concrete life situations and developmental stages.

Course overview

A 30-hour PAES course that aims to explore psychotherapeutic counselling with children and adolescents and develop the skills and theoretical base for such work. Course members will be encouraged to consider how these skills apply in their own work setting, through the idea of ‘embedded counselling’. 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

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
  • practice sessions involving arts and play
  • 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 which is a nationally accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor education 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 £850 Home fee status (Overseas fee is £2170) for 2019/20.
  • When is it available? | The course runs on Wednesdays beginning in October 2019. There is one intake only and students are expected to attend all of the following dates: – 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th October, 6th and 13th November 2019 (10.30am-4.30pm).
  • Who is teaching it? | Fiona Peacock, Clair Lewoski and Carol Holliday
  • 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 31st May 2019. 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