(Child and Young Person)
Part time undergraduate (4 years)
Become a professional counsellor who specialises in working with children and young adults. Studying at Renew Counselling in Chelmsford, you’ll get modern, specialist clinical training in an exciting and authentic environment.
Our course will help you develop into a competent, reflective counsellor who can work effectively and ethically with children and young people.
Through your studies, you’ll develop understanding in areas including child development, psychopathology, creative techniques, art materials and play. There’s a strong focus on developing your self-awareness as well as practical skills, and so you’ll engage in observed groups to develop your understanding. From Year 3 all our students start a placement totalling 150 clinical hours.
We’ve designed this course so that you develop British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) competences, enhancing your employability.
Basic Counselling Skills for Counselling Children and Young People
This module aims to provide you with opportunities to develop basic counselling skills, and includes an observed session in a school. You will practice active listening, empathy, responding, reflecting content and feeling.
Basic Theory for Counselling Children and Young People
You will be introduced to Carl Rogers’ Person-Centred Theory, with emphasis on the six necessary and sufficient conditions for therapeutic change.
Understanding Children’s Psychosocial Development
This module gives you an overview and develops your insight into the significance of early experiences on emotional well-being and mental health.
Counselling Practice (Young Person)
This module aims to develop your ethical counselling practice and competent person-centred counselling skills in relation to young people, before you progress on to a clinical placement.
Personal Development and Peer Group Participation
This exciting experiential module helps you develop qualities necessary for therapeutic work such as sensitivity, self-awareness and a non-judgemental attitude.
Counselling Practice (Child)
This module will further develop, and assess skills in practical work using play and art materials. You will develop your own set of resources to support therapeutic creative expression.
Historical Perspectives – Counselling Children and Young People
This provides you with an overview of historical foundations from which current therapeutic work has evolved. You will use self-reflection to deepen your understanding of theoretical approaches.
Investigating Your Own Practice
The purpose of the module is to prepare counselling practitioners for the process of investigating and evaluating their own practice in counselling. The module introduces you to current quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods in practice and considers their strengths and weaknesses.
This module underpins the practical experience of clinical supervision with theory. You are supported in becoming autonomous reflective practitioners, and will explore ethical boundaries and issues within supervision.
Contemporary Perspectives and Psychopathology
This module engages you in a critical analysis of contemporary psychopathology. It explores dilemmas and contradictions in clinical practice, and in working within the wider context of interagency working with children and young people. Central to the module is a focus on psychological problems and recent developments in neuroscience.
Counselling Case Study
The purpose of this module is to encourage you to appreciate the links between client work, personal development, professional development and supervision. In addition it gives you the understanding and tools needed to present their client work within a professional arena.
As well as conventional forms of assessment, you’ll keep personal journals which our tutors will review every week.