Add Child Counselling to your Counselling Skills.
Set yourself apart from other counsellors by focussing on children. Discover the key differences and things to look out for when interviewing children, and apply your understanding to different types of childhood problems.
Choose this course to:
- Learn approaches to counselling and how to interact positively with children during counselling.
- Understand the types of problems that children experience and how they may have evolved.
- Learn about the internalisation and externalisation of problems.
- The course includes a Problem Based Learning Project which enables the student to apply their learning.
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. Like disorders of adulthood, childhood disorders can, and usually do, have more than one cause. Also, like adults, these causes may be of genetic or environmental origin. With children though, we must also consider developmental causes since childhood is a time when children are continually developing: intellectually, socially, emotionally and, of course, physically.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
Course Duration: 100 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.
Lessons: The course comprises 9 lessons as detailed, below.
Introduction to Types & Causes of Childhood Problems
Assessment of Childhood Problems (including ethical/legal considerations)
Counselling for Internalising Problems & Disorders I: Anxiety
Counselling for Internalising Problems & Disorders II: Depression
Counselling for Externalising Problems & Disorders III: Eating Disorders
Counselling for Externalising Problems & Disorders IV: Conduct Disorders
Counselling for Other Problems & Disorders
Other Counselling Approaches
Problem based learning
Anxiety disorders are amongst the most common disorders in children. Anxiety is typified by unreasonable fear and is accompanied by physiological responses such has rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, and butterflies in the stomach.
It is estimated that nearly 300,000 children in the UK have an anxiety disorder, this is around 5 – 19% of all children and 2-5% of children under 12.
Kids Matter in Australia state that around one in seven school age children have a mental health problem including anxiety and depression, but only one in four get the help they need.
Most types of anxiety disorder can be experienced by both children and adults but there are two which have onset in childhood only. These are called separation anxiety disorder and reactive attachment disorder. A further disorder called sibling rivalry disorder is described in the ICD. In the DSM, sibling relationship problems are recorded under 'Other conditions which may be the focus of clinical attention'.
It should be noted though that anxiety is also quite normal in children. Normal anxiety typically evolves as the child develops. In early infancy, children are fearful of strangers and have a strong attachment to their mothers and caregivers. In early childhood, children are often fearful of animals, the dark, and monsters. In adolescence, children are often fearful about social situations and their self-adequacy. Anxiety disorders in childhood follow the same developmental courses as normal anxiety but symptoms are more exaggerated and they last longer. Age at onset can be variable, but onset for separation anxiety is ordinarily in early childhood and onset for social anxiety disorder is in adolescence.
Children may experience anxiety or be worried at times, that is perfectly normal, but if it starts to affect their well-being, they may need support to overcome and deal with their anxiety. Children can feel anxious about many different things and this can be part of normal development.
From six months to three years approximately, children can experience separation anxiety. This is when the child worries when they are not with their parent or usual caregiver. They will be clingy and cry when they are separated from their parents or primary care giver. This is normal and the child will tend to grow out of this naturally around the age of three. However, in older children it can be a sign that they are feeling insecure about something.
Pre-school children may also experience phobias or have specific fears, such as there is someone under the bed, monsters in the cupboard, insects, dogs, cats, thunder, the dark and so on. These fears usually go away on their own.
Children may also experience other anxieties as they go through childhood, starting new schools, exams, tests, new social situations and so on. However, in some cases, children (and adults) do not always recognise what causes their anxiety. They may not recognise the triggers to their anxiety, which can make it worse.
Anxiety can become a problem when it starts to affect the child’s daily life, when it becomes more regular and long term. It is perfectly normal for a child to feel nervous going to school on the day of an exam, but not to feel so anxious every day that they can’t go to school.
STUDYING WITH ACS
At ACS we provide you with more than just a set of course notes.
Your 'learning package' includes:
- Course notes.
- Self-assessment quizzes.
- Assignment feedback.
- You can interact one on one with a professional tutor with decades of experience - just email, phone or log on to chat to connect with them.
- Study when you want to - our courses are self-paced so you choose when to study, with unlimited access to tutorial support.
- Study where you want to - online or eLearning study method choices mean you choose where you study.
Benefits of Studying This Course
This course is designed to be of value to therapists so as to build on existing knowledge of childhood problems and learn ways of approaching treatment for them. Students are encouraged to think about treating children in age appropriate ways. Study this course to broaden your knowledge of counselling approaches for children.
The course is primarily aimed at people in the following fields:
- Youth work
- Child and adolescent counselling
- School counselling
- Child psychology
- Caring roles
- Health care roles
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
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Our tutors and course advisers will be more than happy to answer your questions and help you make the right course choice.