Certificate In Child And Youth Counselling - gain and develop a range of
skills to apply to the field of child and youth counselling.
child develpment - learn about child development theories, their
learning, developpment of their emotions, socitalisation and more.
- Learn about counselling theories and
techniques - applicable to a wide variety of applications including
arenting, teaching, retail work, youth work, management, personnel,
training, volunteer work, support work and much more.
- Specialise in areas of your choice with Elective Modules, including Anger Management, Family Counselling, and Grief Counselling.
Studying this course can lead to a range of opportunities, such as:
- Starting your own business as a Child and Youth Counsellor.
- Running group sessions or workshops to support children, youths, and their parents.
- Gaining employment as a Youth Worker.
- Gaining employment as a Counsellor, specialising in children and youth.
- Applying yourself to providing careers counselling.
Develop and use your skills to compliment a range of other professions, such as
- Teaching, child care, allied health.
- Running parenting seminars.
- Working with natural disaster victims.
- Understanding your own children better.
How do you want to help young people? What area will you specialise in?
The Core Modules will provide core knowledge in the areas of child
psychology and counselling skills, while the selection of Elective
Modules gives students the opportunity to specialise in key areas of
interest to them.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
Course Duration: 600 hours.
Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.
Content: Study two Core Modules and then choose four Elective Modules.
All modules for the Certificate In Child And Youth Counselling are
summarised below. Follow the title link for further information on
THE CORE MODULES
Child Psychology BPS104
This 12 lesson module is concerned with the developmental stages of
children from newborn 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
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.
THE ELECTIVE MODULES
Students are to select four modules to study from the modules summarised, below.
Abnormal Psychology BPS307
This is an 11 lesson module. Students will study the signs and symptoms
of different psychological conditions. Disorders may be caused by
environmental, physical, or genetic influences. The module starts by
looking at disorders that are usually diagnosed during infancy, which is
then followed by a series of lessons which focus on the causes,
symptoms, and diagnosis of different types of disorder. The disorders
covered in the module include cognitive disorders, substance-related
disorders, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders,
dissociative disorders, sexual/gender disorders, eating and sleep
disorders, control disorders, and personality disorders. Students will
be expected to describe and distinguish between different types of
disorders and their work will include the diagnosis and development of
treatment for specified disorders.
Adolescent Psychology BPS211
This 10 lesson module looks at the theories of human development, taking
in all aspects of an adolescents 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.
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 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.
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
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
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.
A CERTIFICATE CAN KICK START A CAREER
... but life-long success requires a lifelong learning
Today's world is continually changing - and faster than ever before.
This means that our knowledge and understanding of child behaviour keeps
changing, and the way in which children behave is changing too as the
things that affect them in the world change.
This constant state of flux presents both challenges and opportunities
to anyone working in the field of child and youth support services.
The key to success in your career will be to embrace change and be
prepared to keep learning, improving, and advancing your ability to work
with children and youth.
Keep Learning Beyond Your Studies
Certificates, diplomas or degrees are only a foundation for your career.
Recognise this - whatever level qualification you start with.
We are learning more all the time about child psychology. It is an area
that is constantly changing as our knowledge of the subject evolves.
Things that were never heard of a hundred years ago are now common
knowledge – think of autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder –
these conditions were not even recognised in the past, but now are now
Never assume that what you know now will not be expanded upon, or
changed to meet with contemporary thinking, in the future. Using ADHD as
an example once again, not only has it become a recognised childhood
disorder but at the beginning of the twentieth century it was thought to
be a result of poor parenting techniques and should be resolved with
discipline. By the 1960's it was thought to be due to brain damage, in
the 1980's it became known as attention deficit disorder or ADD, and
only more recently has it been renamed ADHD and different subtypes named
according to the predominance of hyperactivity and inattention, or the
presence of both. The classification of this disorder may well change
further as we learn more about it.
You can continue learning through your own personal experiences,
observations, and research, as well as through keeping abreast of
HOW THE COURSE WORKS
You can start the course at any time.
It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of
your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.
Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every
step of the way. If you have any questions at all, they are always
happy to help.
Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment
which the student submits to their course tutor. The tutor will mark
the assignment and return this to the student with comments and
suggestions for further reading.
HOW THE CERTIFICATE IS ASSESSED
The Certificate In Child And Youth Counselling requires around 600 hours of study. This is made up of six 100 hour modules.
To pass the course –
- Pass all assignments on the six 100
hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to
submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
- Pass six 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.
This qualification is accredited by IARC (International Accreditation and Recognition Council).
WHY STUDY WITH ACS
- Our courses are written and taught
by experienced professionals, so you know you can expect a high quality
of teaching and support.
- You can start the course at any time
and study at your own pace (we do not impose a time limit for you to
complete your studies).
- Fit your studies around your own busy lifestyle - we provide full tutor support for all the time you are studying.
- Study where you want to – the choice
of online studies or eLearning offer the flexibility for you to
determine where and when you study.
So - Are you interested in helping children and teenagers through difficult periods in their lives?
- Do you want a rewarding and interesting career?
- Do you want to improve your job and career prospects?
- If so, then this is the course for you!
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