Foundations of Child and Adolescent Counselling

Unit code: APT6019 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
City Flinders


This unit of study will provide a foundation of counselling micro skills when counselling children and adolescents. There will be discussion of settings in which counselling occurs, an introduction to basic counselling skills, and understanding of how to use these skills in assessment and intervention plans. Through role-plays and class activities, students will be encouraged to practice counselling micro skills and begin development of case formulations specific to children and adolescents.

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;
  2. Exhibit a foundation level of competence in formulating counselling-based assessment and intervention plans when working with children and adolescents; and
  3. Analyse and apply the fundamental theory and intervention practices of the therapeutic paradigms for working with children and adolescents.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Annotated Bibliography
Grade: 30%
Present evidence-based literature relating to counselling intervention approaches and their relevance to children’s developmental stages (1000 words)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 30%
Submit a case formulation with attention to issues relating to development phase, & evidence supporting a specific counselling approach intervention
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%
Individual class presentation*

Required reading

Counselling Children: A practical introduction
Geldard, K., and Geldard. D. (2018)| London: Sage Publications.

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