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The PG Dip Counselling Children and Young People is one of the only postgraduate courses of its kind and offers a unique blend of knowledge and skills practice, and provides a pathway to many exciting opportunities within the field of therapeutic work with young people.

The programme is for you if you are a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist looking to continue your professional development and enhance your career prospects with in-depth training in counselling children and young people.

You will develop an appreciation of the differences in working with this group as opposed to adults, and of the theories and practical skills necessary to communicate and connect with this client group. The course is highly experiential in nature and you will use your own ‘inner adolescent’ and a wide range of creative tools in learning how to work therapeutically with children and young people in both formal and informal settings.

Additional benefits of this course include the opportunity to gain an insight into children’s services and the legal and ethical challenges of working with this age group, a practice placement in a school or youth setting and a learning package which includes block teaching and distance learning, enabling you to study and work in tandem.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1649-pg-dip-in-counselling-children-and-young-people

What you will study

- Module 1: Counselling Children and Young People: Contexts and Practice Settings (30 Credits)

This module positions counselling services and practice settings within the wider network of provision and encourages you to examine and understand the policies and aims of the settings in which you work as well as to work, in partnership with other professionals and with parents.

It encourages you to examine the ethical issues and dilemmas which face those working with this client group as well as the issues of diversity and equality within their settings. It addresses those important areas of safe, ethical practice and encourages you to find a balance between a children’s rights perspective and child protection.

The module incorporates a practice placement and invites you to use this practice learning to address all the necessary practice issues, including those of assessment and evaluation of service.

- Module 2: Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People (30 Credits)

This module has an explicit focus on the skills and knowledge necessary to create a framework within which to counsel children and young people. It provides a sound base in the theories of child development and attachment which affect the child and adolescent’s emotional and cognitive growth, and also examines the social and personal issues which are common to many young people seeking help. It explores the ways in which many mental health problems manifest themselves in young people and equips you with the necessary creative tools with which to address these issues and to connect with young people with diverse needs.

Students may choose to exit the course or continue to complete the
MA Counselling Children and Young People course by studying a research Dissertation.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This course will enable you to become part of a new generation of professionals working within schools and other formal and informal youth settings.

On completion of the Masters, there may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, both at the University of South Wales and other UK Universities.

Assessment methods

The diploma is assessed through a combination of essays and skills practice as well as through a supervisor’s report on practice based learning and a portfolio of reflective practice.


The course is taught over six blocks of Fridays/Saturdays once a month from October to March with an additional two Fridays, one in September and one in April.

Visit the Counselling Children and Young People (PGDip) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!




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