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Counselling Children and Adolescents at QLS Level 3

Counselling Children and Adolescents at QLS Level 3
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This course is available in Paper format and Online.


Interested in counselling children and adolescents? Currently working with children? Then this may be the course for you. It covers child counselling skills, child development, behavioural psychology, abuse, bullying, grief and bereavement.

This distance learning course in Counselling Children and Adolescents can be taken at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home.


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Counselling Children and Adolescents at QLS Level 3

Course code: CNL04

Delivery method: Paper Based or Online

Course duration: 12 Months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: ABC Awards and Certa Award Certificate of achievement at QLS Level 3

This course will be invaluable for those currently working with children or looking to pursue a career in counselling, providing unique insight into the behaviour and psychology of children.

This distance learning course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of the role of a Child and Adolescent Counsellor, and will provide you with a good understanding of how to counsel children and adolescents.

Previous counselling experience is an advantage but not essential.


Unit 1: Understanding the Relationship between Counsellor and Client

  • Listening skills
  • Vocabulary of Counselling
  • The Initial Interview

Unit 2: Child Counselling Skills

  • Active listening
  • Observation
  • Opening up and sharing experiences
  • Children’s emotions

Unit 3: An Insight into Child Development

  • Babies from birth to twelve month, emotional & social development
  • Children from twelve to eighteen months, emotional & social development
  • Children from eighteen to twenty four months, emotional & social development
  • Children from twenty four to thirty six months, emotional & social development
  • Children from thirty six months to fifty months, emotional & social development
  • Children from fifty months to five years, emotional & social development
  • Children from five to six years, emotional & social development
  • Children from six to eight years, emotional & social development
  • Children from eight to twelve years, emotional & social development
  • Children between twelve to sixteen years, emotional & social development
  • Antenatal
  • Prenatal
  • Postnatal
  • Accidents
  • Breakdown of relationships/marriages
  • Culture
  • Environment
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Loss or Bereavement
  • Behaviour

Unit 4: Behavioural Psychology and Fears and Phobias

  • Behavioural Psychology
  • Fears and phobias

Unit 5: Child Abuse

  • What is Physical Abuse?
  • Accidental injuries
  • Non-accidental injuries
  • What is Emotional Abuse?
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Protecting a child from Sexual Abuse
  • Neglect

Unit 6: Bullying

  • What constitutes Bullying?
  • Feelings
  • Who is affected?
  • The Victim
  • The Bully

Unit 7: Grief and Bereavement

  • Typically normal grief
  • Inhibited grief
  • Delayed grief
  • Chronic grief

Unit 8: Dysfunctional Families

  • Deficient parents
  • Abusive parents
  • Physical Abuse
  • Alcoholic parents

Unit 9: Play Therapy

  • Toys and Play equipment
  • Feelings
  • Imaginary environment

Qualification Information

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

This course has been endorsed by ABC Awards and Certa Awards for its high-quality. The Quality Licence Scheme, endorses high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course and/or training programme has been endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course and/or training programme is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.

Method of Study

Paper Based Version

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.

Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

Course Length Information

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course and will assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.