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COU8022 Child and Youth Counselling

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 18 May 2022


Examiner: Elisa Agostinelli


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH


Children and adolescents represent a special population with regards to therapeutic intervention. This course will expand on the foundation of counselling practice to develop knowledge of the issues related to counselling young people, and the skills to provide evidence-based interventions for this group.

The course will expand upon notions of counselling theories and practice to explore the application of interventions with children and youth particularly. Developmental considerations, ethical and professional issues, core therapeutic processes relevant to the age and development of child and adolescent clients, and evidence-based and practice-based counselling interventions for this age group will be presented. The use of particular types of therapies with social, emotional and behavioural concerns common to this age group (e.g., anxiety) will be explored.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Articulate advanced and integrated knowledge of the need for particular methods of engagement and intervention with child and youth clients, given developmental considerations and issues common to this population
  2. Identify and critically analyse ethical and professional issues as they relate to providing intervention to children and young people
  3. Independently search and critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise interventions for children and young people
  4. Display basic competency and responsibility as a practitioner with regard to working therapeutically with children and young people


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to child and youth counselling 10.00
2. Ethical and professional issues for child and youth counselling 10.00
3. Counselling theories and approaches to assessing and working with children and young people 15.00
4. Process skills for working with children and youth 15.00
5. Creative therapy and engagement 10.00
6. Evidence-based and practice-based interventions for children and youth (internalising and externalising presentations) with diverse presenting issues 15.00
7. Evidence-based and practice-based interventions for children and youth with diverse background 15.00
8. Group processes and interventions 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Geldard K, Yin Foo Y, & Geldard D 2018, Counselling Children, A Practical Introduction, 5th edn, Sage, LA.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Case Study No 15 2
Assignments Written Essay No 45 3
Assignments Practical Demonstration No 40 1,4
Date printed 18 May 2022