Child & Adolescent Counselling Skills
(Dip. C. A. Couns.)
has been upgraded from the previous Certificate course to a Diploma and
is now accredited by both
and GSMTS - see links in left-hand column.
The course now
includes over 600 pages of textbook material plus a
52-page manual and links to further on-line resources. We believe it
provides more useable quality content than any comparable home study
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
Course accredited by
ACCPH and gsmts (See links in left-hand
recommended period of study: approx.
4 to 8
months. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£365.00 (Three hundred and sixy-five Pounds
Sterling) for currency conversion see www.xe.com
(A FREE set of 2 textbooks will be included for students from the UK. Students
outside the UK will need to buy their own textbooks or to download the Kindle
editions from Amazon. See links
on this page to buy hard copies on-line.)
Method of study:
Textbook study. Written assignments based on
textbook study and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and
students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by
Course description and
This course gives very
clear and step-by-step practical guidance with
many worked examples, backed by relevant theory
so you understand what you are doing and why.
The child counselling
skills module takes a practical all-round
approach to child counselling, including the use
of play therapy techniques. The basic
counselling framework is explained in terms of
goals, the relationship between counsellor and
child, and the qualities needed by a children’s
counsellor. The history of work with children is
reviewed and a theoretical chapter explains the
processes of change. Essential child counselling
skills are introduced in a step-by-step way with
examples. The psychodynamics of child
counselling is outlined. A range of instructions
and techniques for play therapy is given using
different media and activities. The use of
worksheets is introduced and a range of sample
worksheets is given. This module has been
updated in accordance with the fourth (2013/14)
edition of the textbook.
counselling module takes a practical
all-round approach to adolescent counselling
incorporating knowledge of adolescent peer
communication. The unit begins with an
understanding of the nature of adolescence and
the changes and problems that occur during that
period, identifying particular hazards of the
adolescent period. A proactive counselling model is then
given, outlining the particular communication
skills and counselling skills needed. A range of
counselling strategies (symbolic, creative,
behavioural/ cognitive-behavioural and
psycho-educational) is explored and case
studies are given showing adolescent counselling
in practice. A discussion of professional
ethics is also provided. The course has been
revised and extended in line with the 4th
edition of the textbook (2016).
criteria and suitability
This course is for parents,
qualified counsellors and helpers, teachers, and
anybody who looks after or works with children
or adolescents. It is an introductory or
supplementary course and is not accredited by a
government-recognised agency: therefore this
course by itself is insufficient to qualify you
to work with children or to meet any legal
requirements for such work. However this course
can act as a complement to other courses or
refresher (especially if you have trained in the
past and want to know the latest counselling
thinking), and it might also increase your
chances of finding a place on an approved child
care or other course qualifying you to work with
Qualified and practising
counsellors, psychotherapists and
hypnotherapists who already work with youth but
have no specific certificate in that area will
find this course a welcome addition to their
professional portfolio, providing a key area of
professional development. Professional societies
that operate an unrestricted CEU policy may
consider this qualification for CEU purposes.
Successful graduates will receive the Diploma
in Child and Adolescent Counselling Skills awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK
qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for
Distance Learning. The course is accredited by ACCPH and gsmts (see links in
left-hand column). Course graduates may use the postnominal initials Dip. C. A.
Students will be able to apply for membership of several
professional associations in the UK.
Non-UK students are responsible for checking whether they need
any form of accreditation or licensing to practise as a counsellor or
psychotherapist, or to work with children, in their own country. UK College of Holistic Training is unable to give advice on
local regulations in your country.
Conversion to Diploma for those who already have
A conversion course will be available. Please contact us
for details and cost. Students will need to obtain the 4th edition of
Counselling Adolescents (UK and non-UK students will need to buy their
own copies of the book).
Please see our FAQs page for general information about
practising counselling and psychotherapy in the UK and elsewhere.
We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at
Please note that this course is not accredited or approved by
the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or the British
Psychological Society. It does not lead to UKCP or BACP accreditation
and is not accredited by any body that is recognised by the UK government.
In the UK, counselling and psychotherapy are not government-controlled and there
are many independent routes to private qualifications & professional society memberships.
To apply for this course
now, go to our Application page