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Duration (approx) 1000 hours
Qualification Foundation Diploma

A Foundation Diploma course to develop your counselling skills further and improve your knowledge of child and adolescent mental health.

  • Learn about the psychological development of children and adolescents.
  • Gain an understanding of and be able to identify mental health conditions in children and adolescents.
  • This foundation course is studied by distance learning.
  • You can start at any time to suit you.

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Professional development and training in child counselling.

  • Learn about the psychological development of children and adolecents.
  • Gain an understanding of and be able to identify mental health conditions in children and adolescents.
  • Choose Elective Modules to specialise in areas of interest to, including Counselling, and Life Coaching.
  • This foundation course is studied by distance learning.
  • You can start at any time to suit you.
  • The course requires the completion of ten 100 hour modules.

The course will also look at counselling skills in general and counselling children in particular.  It is suitable for anyone who wants to improve their knowledge of children and adolescent and their mental health. 

For example – 

  • Counsellors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Foster Carers
  • Childcare professionals
  • Teachers 
  • Parents
  • Care workers
  • Youth Workers



Course Duration: 1000 hours.
Start Date: To suit you.
Course Structure: Study 4 Core Modules then choose 6 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.


There are 4 compulsory core modules, as shown below, with summaries and lesson listings. For further information on each, please follow the links to the module pages.


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


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.

The lessons are:

  1. Nature and Scope of Mental Health
  2. Childhood Depression
  3. Anxiety Disorders
  4. Tic Disorders
  5. Brain Disorders (Injury and Disease)
  6. Other Disorders
  7. The Impact of Environmental Problems on Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  8. Problems of Adolescence
  9. Holistic and Alternative Approaches to Treatment
  10. Special Project


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



Students are to select 6 Modules from those listed below. Summaries of the modules are shown below. Follow the links to the Module page for more detailed information on each.


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.

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.

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.

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.


How the Foundation Diploma is Assessed

The Foundation Diploma requires approximately 1000 hours of study. It is made up of ten 100-hour modules.

To pass the course –

  1. Pass all assignments on the ten 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 ten 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).


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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

Grief and Crisis CounsellingA guide to understanding and helping people through difficult times
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.
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.
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