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. This course is perfect for gaining a diploma in counselling and psychology relevant to teenagers.

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
  • The impact of social media
  • Skills for running groups with teenagers
  • Sexuality, gender and body image
  • Psycho-education: what every teenager needs to know about life to live it well


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