Need Assistance? 01384 442752 (UK)


Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate

Study the Child and Youth Counselling Certificate - learn more about supporting children and adolescents through difficult periods in their lives. 

  • This course has a focus on counselling, specifically for children and young people.
  • It is a flexible course that includes options to specialise in areas that most interest you.
  • Deepen your understanding of children and young people, learn about theories and practices to provide aid and counselling to difficult and emotional situations that arise.

It's easy to enrol...

Select a payment plan:  

Select a learning method  


Study the Certificate In Child And Youth Counselling - gain and develop a range of skills to apply to the field of child and youth counselling.

  • Study child development - learn about child development theories, their learning, development of their emotions, socialisation and more.
  • Learn about counselling theories and techniques - applicable to a wide variety of applications including parenting, 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 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 each.


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 peers.

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.


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.

Child And Adolescent Mental Health BPS214
This 10 lesson module aims to provide students with the knowledge to identify mental health conditions in children and adolescents. Students are guided through a wide range of conditions and disorders, including depression, anxiety, motor disorders, elimination disorders, reactive attachment disorder, the impact of environmental problems, eating disorders, and substance abuse. As well as understanding types of treatment and support available, the module also considers alternative approaches to treatment, such as homoeopathy, aromatherapy, behavioural optometry, and diet. The module is completed with a special project in an area of interest to the student and which they will complete under the expert guidance of their tutor.

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.

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, 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.

              ... 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 well-known conditions.

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, 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 current findings.


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.


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 –

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


  • 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.
  • 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!


If you have any questions, please do get in touch with us -

Phone us today on (UK) 01384 442752 (International: +44 (0) 1384 442752), or

submit your questions to our expert Psychology and Counselling tutors.

Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!

Towergate Insurance welcomes Professional Liability insurance applications from ACS graduates across all disciplines. Click here for more details.

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.
Lyn Quirk M.Ed.,Dip.Med.,Dip.SportsOver 35 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.M.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy

Check out our eBooks

Family & Relationships CounsellingThe Family and Relationships Counselling ebook is an informative and helpful read for anyone who wants to improve their relationships or even help other people improve or nurture their own relationships.
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
How Children ThinkAnyone who has ever tried to make a child do anything (clean up their mess, desist from throwing mud, stop drawing on the walls) knows that children think differently to adults. This book attempts to provide the skills and knowledge to develop a greater understanding of children.
The Environment of PlayFull of inspiring colour images of playgrounds around the world, this book is ideal for designers, park managers, schools and parents! First published in the USA in 1982. Used in the past as a university text (in landscaping and education degrees). Completely revised in 2012. Full of inspiring colour images of playgrounds around the world, this book is ideal for designers, park managers, schools and parents! Play is the most important and effective method of learning for adults as well as children. It can be active or passive, planned or spontaneous. If you want to learn about the relationship between PLAY and the ENVIRONMENT, this is the ebook for you.