Advanced Certificate in Child & Youth Counselling

Learn about the psychology of children & youth. Through an understanding of normal development learn how to assess problem behaviours. Develop skills to practice in child counselling. A solid foundation course.

Course CodeVPS048
Fee CodeAC
Duration (approx)900 hours
QualificationAdvanced Certificate

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Train Towards Becoming a Child & Youth Counsellor

This advanced level course is ideal training for people who are interested in a career providing counselling to children and adolescents.

Learn about how children develop normally and what types of disorders and other problems can interfere with normal development. Gain valuable counselling skills so that you can help children to find ways to cope with their problems.

Learn about how children think and act at home, school and beyond

This is a solid foundation course that can be a great help in forging career success in industries as child and youth counselling, school counselling, children's services, child care and similar roles, or managerial and educational positions in related industries. 

Counselling children is different to counselling adults. Children cannot always express themselves clearly and often find it difficult to explain how they are feeling. Children may also be afraid to talk about what is troubling them. Often children face challenges unique to being a child. There are also disorders of childhood which do not affect adults or which have different presentations in adults.

This course is designed to help students learn all about how they develop from infancy to childhood and into adolescence.  It combines this fundamental learning with counselling techniques to give you a broad platform from which to start a career working with young people.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Child & Youth Counselling.
 Child Psychology BPS104
 Adolescent Psychology BPS211
 Child and Adolescent Mental Health BPS214
 Counselling Children BPS218
 Developmental, Learning and Behavioural Disorders in Children and Adolescents BPS215
 Family Counselling BPS213
Stream ModulesStudied after the core modules, stream modules cover more specific or niche subjects.
 Research Project I BGN102
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 33 modules.
 Industry Project BIP000
 Anger Management BPS111
 Biopsychology I BPS108
 Counselling Skills I BPS109
 Counselling Skills II BPS110
 Introduction to Psychology BPS101
 Leadership BBS110
 Marketing Psychology BPS107
 Motivation VBS111
 Play Leadership VRE101
 Psychology & Counselling BPS102
 Sports Psychology BPS106
 Stress Management VPS100
 Supervision VBS104
 Workshop I BGN103
 Biopsychology II BPS204
 Conflict Management BPS201
 Counselling Techniques BPS206
 Developmental Psychology BPS210
 Ethics BPS217
 Grief Counselling BPS209
 Professional Practice in Counselling BPS207
 Relationships & Communication Counselling BPS208
 Research Project II BGN201
 Research Project III BGN202
 Social Psychology I BPS205
 Abnormal Psychology BPS307
 Children's Nutrition BRE304
 Criminal Psychology BPS309
 Neuropsychology BPS306
 Professional Supervision BPS301
 Psychological Assessment BPS308
 Psychopharmacology (Drugs & Psychology) BPS302

Note that each module in the Advanced Certificate in Child & Youth Counselling is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

The Benefits of Studying This Course

This advanced level course has broad appeal to people who are interested in the behaviour of children and youth and strategies for helping them with difficult and challenging behaviours. It encompasses elements of psychology and counselling to give a comprehensive understanding. Given its breadth of scope, it could serve as a standalone counselling qualification or be used for related roles in child and youth services. Alternatively, it could act as a stepping stone into higher level studies and further research.

This course may be of value to people in a wide range of fields including:

  • Health sciences    
  • Youth work
  • School counsellor
  • Child psychology
  • Child & youth counsellor
  • Child care
  • Psychotherapist



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