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Counselling Children

Course CodeBPS218
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Learn to Counsel Children in Ways They Understand

Discover the key differences between counselling children and adults, and the differences between childhood mental health problems compared to those which affect adults.  

This is a course for professionals who work with children, and is mainly aimed at counsellors, therapists, and other health professionals. It may offer value for people in related field too, such as teachers and social workers.

Psychological and Behavioural Problems of Childhood

In order to counsel children effectively a therapist needs to understand the types of problems that can affect children and how they might have evolved. Like disorders of adulthood, childhood disorders can, and usually do, have more than one cause. Also, like adults, these causes may be of genetic or environmental origin. With children though, we must also consider developmental causes since childhood is a time when children are continually developing: intellectually, socially, emotionally and, of course, physically.   

Lesson Structure

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction to Types & Causes of Childhood Problems
  2. Assessment of Childhood Problems (including ethical/legal considerations)
  3. Counselling for Internalising Problems & Disorders I: Anxiety
  4. Counselling for Internalising Problems & Disorders II: Depression
  5. Counselling for Externalising Problems & Disorders III: Eating Disorders
  6. Counselling for Externalising Problems & Disorders IV: Conduct Disorders
  7. Counselling for Other Problems & Disorders
  8. Other Counselling Approaches
  9. Problem based learning

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Anxiety in Children

Children may not always show their anxiety in the same ways as adults. Other signs that a child is anxious are –

  • Being clingy differently to other children (for example, many children are clingy before the age of three, but if they are older than three and still clingy, it can be a sign of anxiety. Or if they are more clingy than their siblings were/are etc).
  • Not sleeping properly.
  • Bad dreams.
  • Finding it hard to concentrate at school.
  • Angry outbursts.
  • Irritability.
  • Being out of control.
  • Tense and fidgety.
  • Frequent toilet visits.
  • Wetting the bed.
  • Constant worrying.
  • Negative thoughts.
  • Crying frequently.
  • Frequent stomach aches.
  • Frequently saying they feel ill.
  • Teenagers with anxiety may also show other symptoms, such as drug use, alcohol use, clinical depression or risky behaviours.
  • Older children may have problems with eating.
  • They may have negative thoughts that go round and round in their head.
  • Expressing thoughts of suicide (although this is not solely demonstrated by teenagers, younger children may also express suicidal thoughts. Any comments about suicide should be taken very seriously and help sought immediately). 

The child may not recognise why they feel this way, so it is important for adults to observe children if they appear anxious.


Reasons to Study This Course

Children can exhibit a range of emotional and behavioural problems. Sometimes these relate to difficulties in their home or school life, and sometimes they may be due to a mental health problem. Whether their behaviour causes short term or long term distress to them or others around them, they need help from people who are trained to understand what is happening to them.

Study this course fi you are interested in any of the following:

Youth work
Child and adolescent counselling
School counselling
Child psychology
Caring roles
Health care roles



Any questions?

Our tutors are more than happy to help and advise you with any questions regarding the course. Please contact us if you have any questions at all.

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Meet some of our academics

Gavin ColePsychologist, Educator, Author, Psychotherapist. B.Sc., Psych.Cert., M. Psych. Cert.Garden Design, MACA Gavin is both a highly experienced Psychologist and tutor. Gavin has over 25 years experience in the Psychology industry, and has been working with ACS since 2001. He has worked in both Australia and England, and has been involved in writing numerous books and courses in Psychology and Counselling
Lyn QuirkM.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.
Tracey JonesWidely published author, Psychologist, Manager and Lecturer. Over 10 years working with ACS and 25 years of industry experience. Qualifications include: B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), Dip. SW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies).

Check out our eBooks

Counselling HandbookFull of interesting case studies, this ebook is a wonderful introduction to the complex world of the human psyche. Chapters include: Using Counselling, Seeing Behind the Mask, Emotions and Attitudes, Communicating Better, Theory vs Practice, Diffusing Difficult Situations and Golden Rules for Counselors. 43 pages
Family & Relationships CounsellingThe Family and Relationships Counselling ebook is an informative and helpful read for anyone who wants to improve their relationships or even help other people improve or nurture their own relationships.
Coping Better with Negative EmotionsThis book is designed to help you understand the things that cause stress, the problems that can arise, and the broad range of ways people might manage their stress.
Drug and Addiction CounsellingThis eBook examines what addiction is, the physical and emotional effects of substance related disorders, and the different treatments available to help a person to control their disorder.