Children face mental health problems and difficulties in their lives which require help from counsellors, psychologists and other therapists. However, helping children with these problems usually requires a different approach to helping adults. You have to be mindful of legal issues, ethical issues, their level of emotional and cognitive development, and what is going to be meaningful to them in the context of their lives.
In order to counsel children effectively a therapist needs to understand the types of problems that can affect children and how they might have evolved. Like disorders of adulthood, childhood disorders can, and usually do, have more than one cause. Also, like adults, these causes may be of genetic or environmental origin. With children though, we must also consider developmental causes since childhood is a time when children are continually developing: intellectually, socially, emotionally and, of course, physically.
Take this course to find out more about what influences childhood mental health, the unique problems involved with interviewing and assessing children, and some different strategies for helping children with different types of mental health issues.
There are 9 lessons in this course:
- Introduction to Types & Causes of Childhood Problems
- Assessment of Childhood Problems (including ethical/legal considerations)
- Counselling for Internalising Problems & Disorders I: Anxiety
- Counselling for Internalising Problems & Disorders II: Depression
- Counselling for Externalising Problems & Disorders III: Eating Disorders
- Counselling for Externalising Problems & Disorders IV: Conduct Disorders
- Counselling for Other Problems & Disorders
- Other Counselling Approaches
- Problem based learning
Duration- 100 hours
12 months access
At the completion of this course you will be issued a Statement of Attainment in Counselling Children.