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Postgraduate Course: Counselling Children and Young People (CNST11034)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides a comprehensive exploration of the practice of counselling children and young people, as conceptualised within the person-centred approach and psychodynamic perspectives.
Course description Grounded in theoretical understandings of child and adolescent emotional and psychological development, the course examines the therapeutic relationship and process, and the adaptation of approach required, when working with young people. Topics include differentiating developmental and therapeutic needs, the impact of childhood abuse and neglect, understanding and working with family systems, the social and political contexts of therapeutic practice with children and young people, and interdisciplinary practice. A distinctive feature of the course is its focus on non-verbal therapeutic approaches, introducing students to methods and techniques from play, art and drama therapy. Students are required to draw on their own therapeutic work within class sessions. The ethical and confidentiality issues raised by this are discussed in the first session.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 4,000 to 5,000 word essay analysing a key theme in the practice of counselling children and young people.
Feedback Formative feedback will be given throughout the course by tutors observing student's listening practice.

Summative feedback will be given on the course paper via Learn.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Evidence an advanced understanding of theoretical concepts of child and adolescent emotional and psychological development.
  2. Critically appraise how these theoretical ideas inform the practice of counselling in this field
  3. Identify, analyse and evaluate the distinctive features of counselling practice with children and young people, including the contexts in which this practice takes place
  4. Evaluate and implement non-verbal approaches to therapeutic work with children and young people based on an advanced understanding of their theoretical underpinnings
  5. Conceptualise and analyse key themes in the practice of counselling children and young people with reference to the student - own practice.
Reading List
Hopper, L (2007) Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan

Behr, M and Corneluis-White, J (eds) (2008) Facilitating Young People┐s Development: International Perspectives on Person-Centred Theory and Practice, Ross-On-Wye: PCCS Books, Pages 40-51

Briggs, S (2002) Working with Adolescents: A Contemporary Psychodynamic Approach, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan

Bryant-Jefferies, R (2004) Counselling Young People: Person-Centred Dialogues, Abingdon: Radcliffe Medical Press

Cattanach, A (1994) Play Therapy: Where the Sky Meets the Underworld. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Geldard, K and Geldard, D (2008) Counselling Children: A Practical Introduction, London: Sage

Kegerreis, S (2010) Psychodynamic counselling with children and young people: an introduction. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan

Keys, S and Walshaw, T (eds) (2008) Person-Centred Work with Young People: UK Practitioner Perspectives. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books

McLaughlin, C and Holliday, C (2014) Therapy with Children and Young People: Integrative Counselling in Schools and Other Settings. London: Sage

Oaklander, V (2006) Hidden Treasures: A Map to the Child┐s Inner Self, London: Karnac

Scalzo, C (2010) Therapy with Children: An Existential Perspective, London: Karnac

Varma, V (1997) Troubles of Children and Adolescents, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Walker, S (2005) Culturally Competent Therapy: Working with Children and Young People, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Students completing this course will have enhanced their:
- communication skills, especially in relation to non-verbal communication and communicating in relation to emotions.
- capacity to give and receive feedback.
- Self-awareness and capacity to assess their skills and knowledge.
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Course organiserDr Jonathan Wyatt
Tel: (0131 6)51 3974
Course secretaryMs Leopoldine Barde
Tel: (0131 6)50 3890
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