It is appropriate for those working directly with children and young people in education or other settings such as youth work, health, or social care. It is also the entry course for those wishing to pursue the Postgraduate Diploma or Master's courses in counselling which, together, constitute a nationally accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor programme.
This course aims to explore counselling with children and adolescents and develop the skills and theoretical base for such work. Course members will be supported to use these skills in their own work setting during the course.
All participants are expected to attend regularly and to complete a related assignment to the satisfaction of the course tutor. The course takes an integrative approach, which means elements from different theories are brought together to make a coherent whole. There is an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and the relational processes involved in using counselling skills with children and young people.
Consideration is be given to specific areas including:
- counselling in schools and other settings; - safeguarding and child protection; - working with diversity; - practical and ethical issues; - working with parents and adults around the child; - students' own work settings.
There is a focus on working therapeutically with the arts and with play. This includes practical sessions making and working with art images, sand tray work, as well as exploring the value of therapeutic story work. The course is taught through an active learning approach that centres on experiential work. Teaching also takes place through interactive workshops, mini lectures, group discussions, practice sessions with peer and tutor feedback, and student presentations.
- A presentation is given at the end of the course - 1 x 4,000 word essay to support the final presentation
Students receive written comments on their assignments and informal feedback throughout the course (including through supervision).