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.
Become more sensitive to the needs of children, and more capable of interacting in a positive way with children during counselling.
Learn different types of addiction and ways of counselling.
- Enrol anytime
- Start leaning straight away or when the time is right for you
- Study your way, any time, any place
- Work through at a pace that suits your needs
Lesson 1- Introduction to Types & Causes of Childhood Problems
Lesson 2- Assessment of Childhood Problems (including ethical/legal considerations)
Lesson 3- Counselling for Internalising Problems & Disorders I: Anxiety
Lesson 4- Counselling for Internalising Problems & Disorders II: Depression
Lesson 5- Counselling for Externalising Problems & Disorders III: Eating Disorders
Lesson 6- Counselling for Externalising Problems & Disorders IV: Conduct Disorders
Lesson 7- Counselling for Other Problems & Disorders
Lesson 8- Other Counselling Approaches
Lesson 9- Problem based learning
How do our short courses work?
As you progress through this short course you will become familiar with a variety of different ways to expand your learning and be able to choose the tasks that you do/don’t wish to take. You will also be able to develop in the areas that take your fancy more than others that just don’t do it for you. You won’t miss anything important so long as you read the “learn more” suggestions. Following each lesson, there will be a short interactive test to complete. This will give an indication of how you are progressing through the course and ensuring that you are on the right track. Upon completion of the last lesson in the course, a more thorough automated test will need to be completed to finalise your learning level. This can be completed any time and if an overall pass is gained you will receive a “certificate of completion”.