This unit of study will provide an introduction to skills and theories for counselling children and adolescents. There will be discussion of settings in which counselling of children and adolescents occurs, an introduction to basic counselling skills, and understanding of how to use these skills in counselling sessions. Several counselling theories will be introduced. Through the use of case studies, students will learn basic counselling skills and begin to understand links between theory and practice.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exhibit a foundation level of competence in a range of basic counselling skills for working with children and adolescents, including appropriate use of engagement skills, open and closed questions, reflective listening, paraphrasing and summarising, clarifying and silence;  
  2. Analyse and assess the fundamental theory and intervention practices of the therapeutic paradigms covered in this unit; and  
  3. Exhibit a foundation level of competence in formulating counselling-based assessment and intervention plans when working with children and adolescents.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Video of Counselling Demonstration. 30%
Assignment Counselling demonstration and reflection(2000 words) 40%
Assignment Counselling assessment and intervention plan (1500 words) 30%

Required reading

Counselling Children 9th
Thompson, C. L., and Henderson, D. A., (2016)
USA: Cengage.

Counselling Children: A Practical Introduction 9th
Geldard, K., and Geldard D. (2018)
London: Sage Publications

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