Counselling Children and Young People

Learn how to work effectively with children and young people!

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  • Accredited training with one-to-one tutor support.
  • Study at home in your own time.
  • Suitable for both education and counselling professionals.
  • Our accredited certificate is a useful addition to your CV and as evidence of Continuing Professional or Personal Development for counsellor accreditation purposes.

Flexible Distance Learning

There are no set class times, so you can fit study into your life in a way that suits you. You’ll benefit from one-to-one support from an expert personal tutor who you can contact by email or instant chat at any time. We offer extensive tutor support. You are assigned a personal tutor when you first enrol who will work with you throughout the course. You can contact your tutor at any time if you have any questions or there is anything you would like to discuss as you work through the course. You can also speak to an expert member of your tutorial team between 9am and 9pm each day, 7 days a week.

This is a comprehensive introduction to working effectively and therapeutically with children and young people up to the age of 18 years. Study topics include: the child-counsellor relationship; theoretical and practical foundations; child counselling skills and approaches; understanding adolescence; the process of therapeutic change; play therapy; self-esteem building; social skills; developing protective behaviours.

We also offer a course in Counselling Children (up to the age of 12 years) – click here for more details.

[testimonial company=”Counselling Children and Young People” author=”Susan Osborne” image=””]I’ve worked in education for over 20 years, but in recent years I’ve spent more and more time offering emotional support to children, some of whom are wrangling with quite difficult issues. Although I had a basic counselling skills certificate, that didn’t seem enough. Counselling Children and Young People gave me a range of practical strategies I could use in my every day work with young people, as well as understanding more about the underlying issues. It was also useful to have contact with other students who were experienced counsellors – it gave me a completely different perspective on some issues. [/testimonial]


  • CPD Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People


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Online Study Option

This course is also available online. Our online courses are delivered as pdfs direct to your email inbox. Our online courses are exactly the same as the postal version, but include a range of supporting study material instead of textbooks.

Course Outline

Course book: Counselling Adolescents, by Geldard and Geldard. (Textbook is not supplied with the online version of this course, instead we supply alternative supplementary reading.)

Module 1: Counselling Children and Young People: An Introduction
Module 2: Theoretical Perspectives
Module 3: Working with Families
Module 4: Understanding Common Challenges
Module 5: Play Therapy
Module 6: Life Skills and Group Work

Borders Connect is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers. All of our home study courses include study material, which is sent out in an attractive, hardwearing folder, essential course books and full tutorial support. We are registered with the Online Learning Council and accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council. We are also listed on the UK Register of Learning Providers.