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Introduction to Child and Adolescent Psychotheraputic Counselling

Student with Carol Holliday, Lecturer

Course summary

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 27-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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Name and describe core conditions
  • Have a basic understanding of attachment including traditional theory and neurobiological ideas
  • Be able to describe the nature of a therapeutic relationship and why relationship is at the core of the therapeutic work
  • Be able to listen accurately and support the other to communicate their experience.

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? |  The course will be assessed through a 4000 word essay. The essay will need to include the following sections:
  1. A synthesis of student's learning journal. (approximately 1000 words). This should show how students have identified any themes that have emerged in their learning. It should demonstrate the students capacity to play/be creative (in whatever way is right for them) and their capacity to reflect on how theory relates to their own self understanding. The learning journal will be submitted in its entirety as an appendix.
  2. A summary of what the core conditions mean to the student. (approximately 1000 words). The student should give an account of each of the core conditions, accurately describing them. As well as the description the summary should include brief examples of where students have seen the core condition in action in their interactions with others.
  3. How might early experiences influence adult functioning? (approximately 2000 words). Students will pick a person that in the public realm e.g. a politician, celebrity, sports person etc. Using facts that are available in the public realm, students will reflect on how the family constellation and possible early attachment experiences of the person might impact on how they present themselves in the public realm. Students should show their awareness of the ethical implications of this part of the assessment.
  4. The whole essay should start with an introduction that sets out the different aspects of the submission. The conclusion should draw together any common threads that emerge from an exploration of the three aspects of the essay.
  • Cost | The tuition fee for 2019/20 is £850 Home fee status (Overseas fee is £2170). (Fees are reviewed every year and may increase in 2020/21 and future years.)
  • When is it available? | The course runs on Wednesdays beginning in January 2021. There is one intake only and students are expected to attend all of the following dates: – 27th January, 3rd, 10th and 24th February, 3rd and 10th March 2021 (10.30am-4.30pm).
  • Who is teaching it? | Fiona Peacock, Clair Lewoski and Carol Holliday. Students are supervised in learning groups to help them prepare for the assessment.
  • Method of study | Face to face at the Faculty of Education.
  • Open day | If you wish to find out more about this course our next Postgraduate Open Day is 1 November 2019.

How to apply

Please fill in the standard application form available on the applications page.
The deadline for applications is 30 September 2020. Please note we cannot accept applications after the application deadline. Group interviews will be held on 21 and 28 October 2020.

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 767730