10 cp Prerequisites COUN601 Counselling Theories and Techniques and COUN626 Counselling Practice Skills Teaching Organisation 2 hours contact per week over 12 weeks or equivalent
This unit examines recent perspectives in relation to counselling children and adolescents. Key theoretical concepts will be discussed and related to clinical intervention. Consideration will be given to developmental issues, disorders of childhood and adolescence, and chronic illness. Students will learn about the specific assessment and counselling techniques for the different developmental periods throughout childhood and adolescence. Various issues concerning working with parents will be examined. Ways to develop a therapeutic relationship with children and adolescents will be explored, along with the therapeutic needs of children and adolescents facing specific problems.