Children are increasingly experiencing mental health challenges and difficulties in their lives which require help from therapists, such as psychologists and counsellors. As a result, therapists need to be aware of the ethical, legal and development considerations required to treat young clients. This course is ideal for youth workers, counsellors, carers and health professionals.
The Certificate of Counselling – Children is an online program that will improve your skillset to offer counselling to children, taking into consideration the legal and ethical issues, as well as a young client’s emotional and cognitive development.
In this professional development course, you will gain an understanding of the type of problems that affect children, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and conduct disorders, as well as how they evolve. You will also explore other counselling approaches, such as medication, virtual reality and art, Lego and play therapy.
You will also learn about what influences childhood mental health conditions, interviewing and assessment techniques and important strategies to assist children with different types of mental health conditions.
On completion of this course, you have developed your understanding of childhood mental health and broadened your knowledge of counselling approaches for children.
Unit - Counselling Children
Unit 1 – Types and causes of childhood problems Childhood problems
Causes of childhood problems
Resilience and vulnerability
Unit 2 – Assessment of childhood problems
Understanding normal development
Significance of prevalence
Parental involvement in diagnosis
Psychological assessments and tests
Unit 3 – Counselling for internalising problems and disorders – anxiety
Types of anxiety
Symptoms of anxiety in adults and children
Anxiety in children
Why some children experience anxiety
Types of treatment
Unit 4 – Counselling for internalising problems and disorders – depression
Depressive disorders in children
Signs of depression in children
Bipolar depression signs and symptoms
Causes of depression
Counselling treatments for depression
CBT and depression in children
Unit 5 – Counselling for internalising problems and disorders – eating disorders
What are eating disorders?
Causes of eating disorders
Signs and symptoms
Binge eating disorder
Professional and parental help
Unit 6 – Counselling for externalising problems and disorders -conduct disorders
Symptoms of conduct disorder
Causes of conduct disorder
Diagnosis and treatment of conduct disorder
Unit 7 – Counselling for other problems and disorders
Counselling for bedwetting
Cross cultural counselling
Bullying and cyberbullying
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Treatment of ASD
ADHD counselling and treatment
Unit 8 – Other counselling approaches
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
I did have a rough time at the start of my course due to my mental health, but completing this course helped me so much. It was an easy-paced and very easily understandable course and taught me what I’d need to know before entering the industry!
A.Miliotis, South Wentworthville, NSW | Certificate of Counselling – Children
I have found from start to finish, instructions to be easy to follow and precise. I have found that overall it has been a very relaxing and positive experience. Thank you
T. Acutt, Mindarie, WAC | Certificate of Counselling – Children
I had absolutely no issues. Quick responses, easy access and very user friendly service
M. Nicholls, Runaway Bay, QLD | Certificate of Counselling – Children
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.
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