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Qualification Associate Diploma

A diploma level qualification in child and youth counselling - Professional Development course through distance learning. 

  • Recent reports suggest an increasing level of anxiety in children. Anxiety and other mental health conditions are on the increase. This diploma level course enables you to improve your knowledge of counselling and supporting children to deal with emotional issues they may experience. 
  • Professional studies to improve your knowledge of counselling and supporting children.
  • Available to start at any time - study online or by eLearning.
  • Course written and taught by experienced, specialist Psychology tutors.

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Study this course to increase your knowledge of counselling and mental health issues in children.

Recent reports suggest an increasing level of anxiety in children. Anxiety and other mental health conditions are on the increase. This diploma level course enables you to improve your knowledge of counselling and supporting children to deal with emotional issues they may experience.

  • Professional studies to improve your knowledge of counselling and supporting children.
  • Course written and taught by experienced, specialist Psychology tutors.
  • The course is suitable for anyone working with children or who would like to work with children. For example – 
    Social Workers
    Foster Carers
    Childcare professionals
    Care workers
    Youth Workers


Course Duration: 1500 hours.

Start Date: To suit you.

Course Structure: Study 6 core modules then choose 9 elective modules to suit you and your requirements. This flexible qualification enables you to focus on the areas of child and youth counselling that interest you.


The 6 Core Modules are shown below, with summaries and lesson listings. For further information on each, please follow the links to the module pages.

Counselling Children BPS218

Child Psychology BPS104

Adolescent Psychology BPS211

100 hour Workplace Project

Research Project I BGN102


Counselling Children BPS218
In order to counsel children effectively a therapist needs to understand the types of problems that can affect children and how they might have evolved. This 9 lesson module looks at the types and causes of problems experienced by children. Students will learn about how to assess different problems and the approaches to adopt in counselling. The module includes a Problem Based Learning Project to enable the student to apply their knowledge in a particular situation where they can explore routes to determining problems and engage appropriate counselling techniques to help resolve these.

The lessons are:

  1. Introduction to Types and Causes of Childhood Problems
  2. Assessment of Childhood Problems (including ethical and legal considerations)
  3. Counselling for Internalising Problems and Disorders I: Anxiety
  4. Counselling for Internalising Problems and Disorders II: Depression
  5. Counselling for Externalising Problems and Disorders III: Eating Disorders
  6. Counselling for Externalising Problems and Disorders IV: Conduct Disorders
  7. Counselling for Other Problems and Disorders 
  8. Other Counselling Approaches 
  9. Problem Based Learning Project

Child Psychology BPS104
This 12 lesson module is concerned with the developmental stages of children from new-born and infants through school age years. The module considers all of the significant areas such as senses, emotions, socialism, cognitive development, learning, and language. Notable psychological research and theories are explored within the module providing students with a balanced approach to ideas and concepts. The module also includes sections which look at influences both within the family structure and externally, such as influences from school and peers.

The lessons are:

  1. Introduction to Child Psychology
  2. The Newborn Infant
  3. States and Senses of the Infant
  4. Learning
  5. Emotions and Socialisation
  6. Cognitive Development
  7. Language Development
  8. Intelligence
  9. Socialisation: Part A
  10. Morality
  11. Sexuality
  12. Socialisation: Part B

Adolescent Psychology BPS211
This 10 lesson module looks at the theories of human development, taking in all aspects of an adolescent’s development - including physical, intellectual, emotional, social and moral development.  It considers issues that arise during adolescence such as sexuality, dealing with crises that arise and juvenile delinquency.

The lessons are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Life Crises.
  3. Physical Development
  4. Intellectual Development
  5. Emotional Development
  6. Sexuality
  7. Social Development
  8. Moral Development
  9. Delinquency and Crime
  10. Adolescents and the Transition to Adulthood

100 hour Workplace Project
To complete this qualification, you are also required to complete a workplace project lasting 100 hours.

There are 4 options available to you to satisfy this requirement.  The options will be different dependent upon whether or not you currently work within the industry. The project can be work experience, voluntary experience, a project you carry out, other training you have already undertaken and there are other options. Don’t worry if you are not sure how to proceed at this stage, as your tutor will be there to discuss how to proceed and help you every step of the way.

Research Project I BGN102
Students will learn to plan and conduct research into the current status of an aspect of the equine industry relating to their area of study, and complete a descriptive report based on that research.


Students are to choose 9 modules from those listed below. Module summaries follow the listing. Please follow the links in the module titles for more detailed information on each.

Anger Management BPS111

Careers Counselling BPS202

Counselling Skills I BPS109

Counselling Skills II BPS110

Counselling Techniques BPS206

Crisis Counselling BPS304

Developmental, Learning and Behavioural Conditions in Adolescents and Children BPS215

Developmental Psychology BPS210

Family Counselling BPS213

Grief Counselling BPS209

Introduction to Psychology BPS101

Life Coaching BPS305

Professional Practice in Counselling BPS207

Psychology and Counselling BPS102

Relationships and Communication Counselling BPS208

Stress Management VPS100


Anger Management BPS111
This 9 lesson module will help students to learn to understand anger and explore techniques that can be useful in the management of anger. The module explores different theories relating to emotion and anger looking at different therapies, techniques, and counselling that can be used to manage anger. Important areas for consideration are individuals with mental health issues, personality disorders, and children and adolescents; there are separate lessons dedicated to these. A problem based learning project completes the module, where the student will create and present a plan of anger management for an individual experiencing serious anger difficulties.

Careers Counselling BPS202
A 10 lesson module covering key areas of careers counselling. Students will look at the careers counselling industry, the elements which constitute a career and the different resources and services available. The module takes in the development of counselling skills and providing counselling for different candidate types – from inexperienced school leavers to adults looking for a career change. The module includes case studies, which provide real-world examples for students to consider, and concludes with lessons which look at the process of job prospecting and developing a career. 

Counselling Skills I BPS109
There are a number of different aspects which a counsellor needs to consider – they need to know what sort of questions to ask, they need to listen to the responses, but they also need to form some bond with those who they are counselling. This 8 lesson module looks at different types of counselling, considering the different theories and approaches that a counsellor may consider. The module considers how the counsellor may bond with their client, how the client should be made to feel at ease and the combination of elements which will contribute to this. Students will consider how to approach questioning – the types of question to ask and those that should be avoided, and whether they wish to develop discussion with open questions or use closed questions to determine a direction. With lessons that include interview techniques, therapies and how to conclude a counselling session, and case studies to provide context and practical examples, this is a useful module which will benefit people in many areas ranging from parenting, to the work place, to teaching, to volunteer work, and training.

Counselling Skills II BPS110
This 8 lesson module will suit students looking to improve and expand on their counselling skills. Students will study the application of micro skills to manage different stages of the counselling process. There are lessons which focus on problem-solving techniques in specific crisis areas – aggression depression, grief and loss, and suicide. Students will look at ways to develop their own, appropriate, responses to clients’ crises – looking at both their own emotional as well as physical responses to the client. Different strategies are considered as well as the inclusion of a lesson on telephone counselling.

Counselling Techniques BPS206
This is an 8 lesson module which seeks to develop the students understanding of different theories and approaches to counselling and therapy. An important part of understand approaches to therapy and counselling is the knowledge of research and theories in this area, and the modules includes studies on – Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy (Freud, Erikson, Jung, Adler), Humanistic/Existential Approaches (Gestalt therapy, Perls, Rogers), and Behavioural Therapy (including Ellis, and Beck). The module concludes with a lesson on solution-focused counselling, which looks at the strategies employed and pathways and solutions for clients.

Crisis Counselling BPS304
This is a 9 lesson module where students will learn about how to help people through crises that they experience in their lives. The module looks at different types of crisis that arise and the individual’s response to these; the range of crises covered include violence and sexual assault, drug addiction, family crises. The module also considers the different types of approach required with different sub cultures as well as examining ethical, professional, and legal considerations in crisis intervention.

Developmental, Learning And Behavioural Conditions In Adolescents And Children BPS215
Through 9 lessons, learn about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of learning and behavioural conditions exhibited by children and adolescents. The module looks at genetic, physical, and environmental causes of disorders, with lessons including developmental disorders, specific conditions such as Autism and Asperger’s Disorder, ADHD, learning disorders, and motor skills disorders. A special project concludes the module, where the student selects a particular area of interest and researches and explains the signs, symptoms, treatment and support for a particular condition or disorder.

Developmental Psychology BPS210
This 10 lesson module looks at the psychological development of individuals throughout their lives. Different stages in an individual’s life bring about different influences and different challenges. This module seeks to help the student to better understand how people develop, through all ages of life with lessons on each of the key life stages: Early childhood, Middle childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, Late Adulthood. Students will look at cognitive, social, and moral development as relevant through each of these stages before then considering the potential challenges faced through each stage of a person’s life. Having a heightened awareness of developmental psychology is a big advantage when dealing with people in any capacity. It helps you understand work colleagues, clients, friends and family members and is a very valuable tool for teachers, managers, counsellors and welfare workers amongst many other professions.

Family Counselling BPS213
This 10 lesson module looks at the different types and the development of family units. Students will consider the crises that families may face as well the changes in dynamics affecting them. Students will learn about analysing and identifying problems, and determining how these can be faced. The module concludes with a Problem Based Learning Project where students will be able to apply their learning to a proposed situation and will propose and consider different approaches and strategies to provide the necessary support and alleviate the problems being faced.

Grief Counselling BPS209
This 8 lesson module focusses specifically on bereavement and loss. Students will look at the different stages of grief, and also consider how child and adolescents cope with grief. The module looks at different types of grief which people may have to face, including loss of children, terminal illness, and disaster. The module includes case studies, which will provide students with situations where they can consider the impact of events and the approach to treatments and counselling.

Introduction To Psychology BPS101
Through 7 lessons, this module will provide you with a basic foundation in human psychology. Students will look at key issues and theories in psychology, whilst considering the stages of our psychological development from adolescence through to adults. The module includes lessons which focus on the structure of the nervous system and the brain, environmental/external effects on behaviour, perception, personality, and motivation. The module includes practical elements such as case studies and the demonstration of motivation techniques through role play.

Life Coaching BPS305
This 10 lesson module will enable the student to determine what life coaching is and what distinguishes it from other professions such as psychotherapists, counsellors and so on. Students will understand the balance and relationship of elements required for a well-balanced life and the relationships between these. The module highlights key coaching processes and the skills that a life coach needs to develop in order to effectively communicate with their client. It covers such key areas as psychology, physiology, stress, and nutrition, with the concluding lesson of the module looking at the review procedure and determining whether or not and how a programme may be reassessed.

Professional Practice In Counselling BPS207
This 7 lesson module is aimed at providing the student with an in-depth knowledge of what constitutes good practice in counselling. Lessons include understanding counselling – what is effective counselling, the values of the counsellor – and the importance of ethics and confidentiality. Students will gain knowledge of the self, personality and emotions and their effect on the counselling process as well as being introduced to some of the most common disorders. Subject areas include personal growth, psychometric testing, referral procedures, and supervision of the counsellor.

Psychology And Counselling BPS102
Learn more about the principles and theories of counselling with this 7 lesson module. This broad foundation module looks at stress and behaviour – theories, influences and behavioural outcomes. Students will then consider the methods of approaching therapies and learn about ways to resolve conflict. The module concludes with a lesson on interpersonal communication skills – effective communication between the counsellor and client is key, with this lesson highlighting the core elements to effective counselling.

Relationships And Communications Counselling BPS208
This 6 lesson module aims to increase the students’ knowledge of the importance of communication in relationships, how relationships can breakdown and what we can do to improve relationships and communication. The module considers the changing role of communication in relationships, and different stages of relationship. Students will look at influences on communication and different skills and techniques that can be developed. The module will benefit those involved in relationship and communication breakdowns and difficulties, by providing an understanding of the contributing communication problems and the difficulties that can arise.

Stress Management VPS100
The 8 lesson module in Stress Management will provide the student with an understanding of how our bodies react to stress, and how this may be coped with. We look at how stress may be controlled, and how we may relax. Stress is a notable factor in everyone’s lives, and different people have different ways in dealing with it. There are many factors which contribute to this – different personalities, our approach to diet (“we are what we eat”), how we view ourselves, how we manage our career, to name but a few. This detailed module will guide the student through all of these areas and much more, enabling them to appreciate their own situations as well as providing the knowledge to let them help others in managing their stress. 


The Associate Diploma In Child And Youth Counselling requires approximately 1,500 hours of study. It is made up of fourteen 100-hour modules, a research project and 100 hours of industry experience/work experience.

To pass the course –

  1. Pass all assignments on the 100-hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
  2. Pass 14 examinations – one on each module. These are usually taken at the end of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.
  3. Complete Research Project I.
  4. Complete a Workplace Project. The project should last around 100 hours. There are four options available to you to satisfy this requirement. Don’t worry if you are not sure at this stage, your tutor will be there to help you every step of the way. This include evidence of work experience or other studies or workshops, a research project or completion of Workshop I.


Quality courses in a flexible learning package.

  • Fit studies around your life commitments.
  • No time restrictions for completion.
  • Tutor support for the duration of your studies.
  • Online or eLearning study options.

Learning applicable to the real world.

  • The course includes practical elements enabling students to apply knowledge as they learn.

Professional tutoring support.

  • Our specialist tutors have a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide and support students while they study.


If you have any questions about the course or need help deciding on the course to choose to meet your goals, please contact our Psychology tutors today. They are happy to help answer any questions you may have.

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Meet some of our academics

Tracey Jones (psychology)B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies) Tracey began studying psychology in 1990. She has a wide range of experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects. She has been a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work and has also written many textbooks, blogs, articles and ebooks on psychology, writing, sociology, child development and more. She has had also several short stories published.
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.

Check out our eBooks

Writing for Childrenby John Mason and staff of ACS Distance Education
Drug and Addiction CounsellingThis eBook examines what addiction is, the physical and emotional effects of substance related disorders, and the different treatments available to help a person to control their disorder.
Psychology DictionaryThis book provides explanations for common terms used in Psychology.
Counselling HandbookA book for both students, as well as volunteers who may be involved in helping people with problems. This is a starting point for understanding counselling, and a reference for developing counselling skills. The book contains seven chapters: 1. Where can counselling be used 2. How to see behind the mask 3. Emotions and attitudes 4. How to communicate better when all you have is words 5. Theory versus practice 6. Diffusing difficult situations 7. Golden rules or tips