Care Counselling for Children


Course Details

This programme is designed for people who wish to improve their skills or gain knowledge in child and youth counselling in specific areas of the care facilities. It will be helpful to anyone who is or who wishes to undertake any form of caring role, which involves children, and provides the skills to provide counselling for those in their care. The objectives of the course are: (1) to develop an understanding of the value of counselling in a variety of child caring roles, (2) to understand a range of ethical and cultural issues related to counselling, (3) to develop the skills to offer counselling for those affected by substance misuse, child abuse, HIV/AIDS and grief, and (4) to develop a range of skills to be able to offer career and vocational guidance to children.

Your Tutor will support you throughout the duration of the course. You complete the course by undertaking activities and assignments. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that support is available for your course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.

By choosing to study this course with CMIT, Students have 24×7 access to CMIT eLearning for the duration of the course. This includes a comprehensive Course Manual, Video, Quizzes and personalised Tutor Support. The course documentation for this course is detailed and easy to read. You will also be able to upload assessments online and receive online feedback. You can use the eLearning system from any computer that has internet access.

Who should complete this course?
  • People considering a career in Counselling.
  • Parents, Teachers and Childcare workers.
  • People who wish to gain an introduction to Child Counselling and wish to study at their own pace, and in their own time.
Entry Requirements / Prerequisites
  • None.
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Topics covered in this Course

Unit 1: Introduction to Care Counselling

  • Explain the importance of counselling
  • Explain communication and its role in counselling
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different forms of counselling.
  • Conduct a counselling session.

Unit 2: Ethical and Cultural Issues in Counselling

  • Explain why children hold a special position in society and discuss their rights and needs.
  • List ethical values associated with counselling children.
  • Discuss the impact of culture and gender in counselling.
  • Explain the role of the carers values and attitudes in counselling.
  • Identify some of your own deeply held beliefs and values and describe how they might influence a counselling decision

Unit 3: Behavioural Counselling

  • Define behavioural counselling.
  • Describe factors involved in effective behavioural counselling and guidance; understanding self, understanding and learning about children, creating a positive environment.
  • Recognise types of problem behaviour and identify strategies to deal with them.
  • Explain the importance of referrals and collaboration with relevant individuals and agencies.

Unit 4: Dealing with Child Abuse Issues

  • By the end of this Unit you will be able to:
  • Identify and describe various forms of child abuse.
  • Identify signs and characteristics of an abused child.
  • Explain the various coping strategies employed by survivors of abuse.
  • Develop effective intervention programmes for abused children.
  • Outline the referral system available for abused children in your community

Unit 5: Dealing with Substance Abuse

  • Describe substance abuse and identify substances that are abused
  • Describe signs/symptoms in children who abuse substances
  • Explain the consequences of substance abuse
  • Identify strategies that assist children who abuse substances
  • Organise a programme for the prevention of substance abuse
  • Identify available referral networks for substance abuse.

Unit 6: Counselling for the effects of HIV/AIDS

  • Explain what the HIV/AIDS virus is, how a person can be infected by it, and what symptoms he/she may experience.
  • Explain cultural beliefs and practices that contribute to HIV/AIDS.
  • Identify children who are infected by HIV/AIDS and provide help to them through counselling.
  • Identify available networks and resources for referral of children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Unit 7: Grief Counselling

  • Define loss, bereavement, grieving and mourning
  • Outline the process of grieving
  • Explain the role of culture in bereavement
  • Identify strategies that you can use to help children and youths who have suffered the loss of a loved one

Unit 8: Career and Vocational Counselling

  • Differentiate between a career, a vocation, and life skills.
  • Identify sources of information and disseminate information on careers and life skills.
  • Discuss gender biases and stereotypes in vocational and career choices and suggest ways of eliminating them.
  • Recognise the talents of children and youth.
  • Advise youth on career programmes and help them to plan for these.
  • This course is assessed through a series of tutor marked assignments. There is no exam for this course.
  • At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a certificate of achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.  The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.  The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.  To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.  The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.   ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met.  A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.
  • An ABC Awards Level 2 is roughly equivalent to a Level 4 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications but is not an award on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Please note that there is a Eur60 fee payable for administration, moderation and certification.
  • Click here for Accreditation Details
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