Duration: 12 days (weekend days only)
When: Academic Year 2019 / 20 (provisional dates not yet available)
Costs: Please view all of our training courses and fees
About the Course
"For too long, policy makers have failed to tackle the crisis in adolescent mental health – so much so that it is now becoming a hidden epidemic. Nearly 80,000 suffer from severe depression, and incidents of suicide and self-harm amongst young people in the UK have not decreased over the last 30 years."
(Dr Hilary Cass, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 2014)
This course, offering a wealth of practical tools and techniques and fascinating theory (psychology and brain science), is a must for any professional who is motivated to work with teenagers. There is such a dearth of support for troubled teenagers and so few people actually trained in the specific skills of counselling teenagers. As a result of this desperate situation, professionals with a qualification in counselling teenagers are usually extremely sought after by employers and educational establishments in particular.
Certificate in Counselling Teenagers
For any professional working in education, social work, therapy or any other helping profession who want to acquire skills in counselling teenagers, but who have no recognised qualification in counselling or therapy. If candidates at this level have not attended any counselling skills or therapy skills training in another setting, they will be required to attend 6 additional weekend days on Counselling Skills for Children and Teenagers. In addition, candidates must have warmth, empathy, self- awareness and a good ability to play.
Diploma in Counselling Teenagers
For professionals with a recognised qualification in counselling or psychotherapy or who are on their second, third or fourth year of a recognised psychotherapy or counselling training and who have already accrued some supervised counselling or therapy client hours as part of their course. Proof of clinical log of client hours signed by a supervisor will be required for entrance at this level. In addition, candidates must have warmth, empathy, self- awareness and a good ability to play.
Curriculum to include:
The curriculum focuses on essential practical skills and underlying psychological theories necessary to provide a therapeutic space for teenagers to reflect on their life, develop emotionally and socially, so they can go on to thrive in adulthood. Core issues integral to adolescence will be explored, with particular focus on common mental health problems and behavioural difficulties including:
- The adolescent brain: what its vital to know
- Key tools and techniques for counselling teenagers
- Working with teenagers suffering from anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self harm and suicidal feelings
- Sexuality and body image, drug and alcohol abuse, addictions to food/sex
- Using art media and sandplay with teenagers to help them explore feelings
- Understanding Adolescent Culture: Media, film, literature, computer games, fashion, music,
- Family Relationships/ Problems with Friends, Love and rejection
- Bullying, on-line bullying, peer pressure, gangs, loneliness, issues of belonging.
- Supervised counselling practice, case presentations
- Adolescent psychiatry