This subject is designed to provide students with an understanding of child and adolescent counselling models and strategies available to the counsellor working in a variety of settings and with diverse client groups. The applied basis of relevant counselling practice and strategies within the child and adolescent population will be the central focus of this subject. The subject aims to introduce students to various models of counselling and intervention strategies and provide students with the opportunity to practice and develop skills in counselling. Classes will be run on an experiential basis and include role plays, group discussion and class presentations.

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APT5037 - Child and Adolescent: Theories and Techniques of Counselling

APT5035 - Theories and Techniques of Counselling

Students must complete APT5037 or APT5035 before undertaking this unit.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and corroborate applied counselling skills when working with children and adolescents;  
  2. Formulate and evaluate counselling cases involving children and adolescents ;  
  3. Investigate and conceptually map counselling strategies for a range of presenting problems typically encountered when working with children and adolescents;  
  4. To analyse a range of client presentations and how to work with them effectively  
  5. To critically reflect on one's personal experience and how this relates to practice as a counsellor.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Essay on counselling theory (2000 words) 30%
Report Video/audio and reflection (2000 words) 30%
Report Reflective piece on observation of counselling session (2500 words) 40%

Required reading

Counselling Children 8th USA: 9th
Thompson, C.L., and Henderson, D.A., (2016)

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

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