Ethical considerations and the law. Children Act 1999. Police clearance.
Supervision and self supervision
Keeping a log, journal.
Endings. Terminating the counselling. Grounded endings.
Working with peers, other professionals and groups
Research – evidence based practice issues.
Contexts where counselling is delivered: school counselling, community counselling.
Cognitive-behavioural counselling theory. Cognitive re-structuring. Skill building interventions
The Systemic approach
Solution focussed (SF) brief therapy with children and young people. Berg, de Shazer.
Family problems: parents and siblings. Sibling rivalry.
Adolescent development. Puberty. Body image.
Gender orientation. Homosexuality. Sexual abuse.
Mental health issues.
Autism, Asperger’s, Dyslexia and other learning difficulties.
The bereaved child and grief.
School phobia. Classroom issues.
Eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa.
Behaviour issues. ADHD
Aggression and anger
Bullying. The bully.
Problematic peer relationships
Counselling abused young people
Play therapy. Axline.
Story telling. Metaphor.
Sandtray. Dora Kalff .
Life Story books : Life story and context of a child
Not everyone who studies child counselling works specifically as a child counsellor. They might be a teacher, teaching assistant, social worker, police officer, or probation officer.Or you might work in a charity, either as a volunteer or paid professional. Equally you might be a clerical or admin person in health or education.Many professions require their staff to have an insight into the problems that affect children and adolescents. And child protection has risen in importance in recent years.
Working full time as a counsellor or as part of another job
Child counselling in voluntary and charity work
Child counselling in education
Child counselling in healthcare and social service
Child counselling in private practice
Using your skills in other areas such as police, prison or as a parent.
Getting a DBS
Learn what to do, once you’ve completed the course.