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. Implement and reflect upon 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
Essay Essay about counselling and child development (2000 words) 30%
Assignment Report about 30-minute interview with child and/or adolescent counsellor/counselling service (1500 words) 40%
Presentation Class presentation on one of the semester topics and application to specific child/adolescent issue (1500 words) 30%

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