Child & Adolescent Counselling Skills
(Cert. C. A. Couns.)
Updated and revised 2013
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
Course accredited by Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy.
Possibility of registration with certain other UK professional
recommended period of study: approx.
2 to 4
months. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£275.00 (275 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
www.xe.com ) Course fee
revised from May 2013 for new version of course.
(A FREE set of 2 textbooks will be included for students from the UK. Students
outside the UK will need to buy their own textbooks. See links
on this page to buy on-line.)
Method of study:
Textbook study. Written assignments based on
textbook study and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and
students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by
Course description and
This course gives very
clear and step-by-step practical guidance with
many worked examples, backed by relevant theory
so you understand what you are doing and why.
The child counselling
skills module takes a practical all-round
approach to child counselling, including the use
of play therapy techniques. The basic
counselling framework is explained in terms of
goals, the relationship between counsellor and
child, and the qualities needed by a children’s
counsellor. The history of work with children is
reviewed and a theoretical chapter explains the
processes of change. Essential child counselling
skills are introduced in a step-by-step way with
examples. The psychodynamics of child
counselling is outlined. A range of instructions
and techniques for play therapy is given using
different media and activities. The use of
worksheets is introduced and a range of sample
worksheets is given. This module has been
updated in accordance with the fourth (2013)
edition of the textbook.
counselling module takes a practical
all-round approach to adolescent counselling
incorporating knowledge of adolescent peer
communication. The unit begins with an
understanding of the nature of adolescence and
the changes and problems that occur during that
period, identifying particular hazards of the
adolescent period. A proactive counselling model is then
given, outlining the particular communication
skills and counselling skills needed. A range of
counselling strategies (symbolic, creative,
behavioural/ cognitive-behavioural and
psycho-educational) is explored and case
studies are given showing adolescent counselling
in practice. A discussion of professional
ethics is also provided.
criteria and suitability
This course is for parents,
qualified counsellors and helpers, teachers, and
anybody who looks after or works with children
or adolescents. It is an introductory or
supplementary course and is not accredited by a
government-recognised agency: therefore this
course by itself is insufficient to qualify you
to work with children or to meet any legal
requirements for such work. However this course
can act as a complement to other courses or
refresher (especially if you have trained in the
past and want to know the latest counselling
thinking), and it might also increase your
chances of finding a place on an approved child
care or other course qualifying you to work with
Qualified and practising
counsellors, psychotherapists and
hypnotherapists who already work with youth but
have no specific certificate in that area will
find this course a welcome addition to their
professional portfolio, providing a key area of
professional development. Professional societies
that operate an unrestricted CEU policy may
consider this qualification for CEU purposes.
Successful graduates will receive the Certificate
in Child and Adolescent Counselling Skills awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK
qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for
Distance Learning. Course graduates may use the postnominal initials Cert. C. A.
The course is accredited by
The Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy
(which is linked to UKCHT) and graduates may apply for membership.
Students and graduates of the
course will be eligible to apply to register
with "Counselling", a registered charity - see
www.counselling.ltd.uk, and on successful
registration the graduate will be entitled to
the style "CCC Registered Counsellor."
(Applies to UK only. "Counselling" does not
accredit or approve the UKCHT course.)
If you have other
relevant qualifications in counselling you may also be recommended to apply for the
appropriate grade of membership of the National Counselling Society (UK). The
http://www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org/ will consider a
wide variety of qualifications towards entry
levels of membership and will advise on further
study towards becoming an Accredited Counsellor.
Prospective students are responsible for checking whether they need
any form of accreditation or licensing to practise as a counsellor or
psychotherapist in their own country. UK College of Holistic Training is unable to give advice on
local regulations in your country.
This diploma is accepted by
Calamus International University (a
non-UK, private distance university with private accreditation) for credit towards
Please see our FAQs page for general information about
practising counselling and psychotherapy in the UK and elsewhere.
We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at
any time. If any key textbook becomes unobtainable we will provide a substitute
module based on another book.
Please note that this course is not accredited or approved by
the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or the British
Psychological Society. It does not lead to UKCP or BACP accreditation
and is not accredited by any body that is recognised by the UK government.
In the UK, counselling and psychotherapy are not government-controlled and there
are many independent routes to private qualifications & professional society memberships.
To apply for this course
now, go to our Application page