College of Management and IT (CMIT)

Care Counselling for Children

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Course Details

This Care Counselling Course 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 Care Counselling Course?
  • Aspiring Child Counsellors: Ideal for those considering a career in counselling, particularly focusing on children and youth, offering insights into ethical issues, types of counselling, and effective counselling techniques.
  • Parents and Guardians: Parents or guardians seeking to better understand and support the emotional and psychological needs of children will find this course beneficial, enhancing their skills in observing, listening, and creating positive environments for children.
  • Teachers and Childcare Workers: Professionals in education and childcare can apply the knowledge gained in behavioural counselling and dealing with child abuse issues, aiding in the development of a supportive and safe environment for children.
  • Individuals Interested in Child Psychology: Those interested in gaining an introduction to child counselling can deepen their understanding of the needs and rights of children, the ethical aspects of counselling with children, and effective communication strategies.
  • Youth Workers and Social Workers: Youth workers and social workers involved in child and adolescent care settings will find the course valuable for developing skills to deal with problem behaviours and provide career and vocational guidance to children.
Entry Requirements / Prerequisites
  • None.
  • For technical requirements required to access CMIT eLearning click here>
  • For more details on the suitability of this course click here>


How CMIT eLearning Works…
Topics covered in this Care Counselling Course
Unit 1: Introduction to care counselling
  • Introduction
  • What is counselling
  • Characteristics of a good counsellor
  • Types of counselling
  • Three phases of counselling
Unit 2: Ethical and cultural issues in counselling
  • Introduction
  • The needs and rights of children
  • The ethics of counselling with children
  • Ethical decision-making process
Unit 3: Behavioural counselling
  • Introduction
  • Behavioural counselling
  • Observing and listening to children
  • Creating a positive environment
  • Dealing with problem behaviour
Unit 4: Dealing with child abuse issues
  • Introduction
  • Types of abuse
  • Child abuse and community standards
  • Coping strategies
  • Helping abused children cope
  • ‘Children First’ guidelines
Unit 5: Dealing with substance abuse
  • Introduction
  • What is substance abuse?
  • The effects of substance abuse on physical and emotional health
  • The effects of substance abuse on our community and society
  • Personal exploration
  • Planning to prevent substance abuse
Unit 6: Counselling for the effects of HIV/AIDS
  • Introduction
  • What you need to know about HIV/AIDS
  • Prevention of HIV/AIDS
  • Working with HIV-infected children
  • Strategies for counselling children and youths affected by AIDS
Unit 7: Grief Counselling
  • Introduction
  • The Grieving Process
  • Children from birth to two years of age
  • Children from 2-6 years of age
  • Children from 6-9 years of age
  • Children from 9-12 years
  • Adolescent children from 13-18 years old
  • Some ways to help children talk about grief
  • Unresolved and complicated grief
  • Resolving grief: the positive effects
Unit 8: Career and Vocational Counselling
  • Introduction
  • Career possibilities
  • Helping youth explore possible careers
  • Recognising the talents of children and youths
  • Planning a career programme
  • Preparing a Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • How to prepare for an interview
  • Supporting youths in pursuing further education or training
  • Job application activities
  • This course is assessed through a series of tutor-marked assignments. There is no exam for this course.
  • This course has been endorsed by ABC Awards and Certa Awards. The Quality Licence Scheme endorses high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes.  This course and/or training programme is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. CMIT can advise you on any further recognition, for example, progression routes into further and/or higher education.
  • A QLS award at level 2 is roughly equivalent to a Level 4 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for Accreditation Details

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