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Student Profile


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 to:


Develop an understanding of the value of counseling in a variety of child caring roles


Understand a range of ethical and cultural issue related to counselling


Develop the skills to offer counseling for those affected by substance misuse, child abuse, HIV/AIDS and grief


Develop a range of skills to be able to offer career and vocational guidance to children


Study Method


The course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home.  Students receive course manual, assignments and studyguide plus tutor support by mail and email.  You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of enrolment. 




Each element is followed by a written assignment, which is submitted and then marked by your tutor.  There is no external examination required.


Course Accreditation


At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by Kendal Publishing Limited which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to our courses. We have designed our training courses specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 2 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.


Course Duration


Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies.  The course will take around 90 hours of study to complete.


Pack/Course Contents


Your study pack is dispatched in full at the time of enrolment and provides all you need to complete your studies:



Comprehensive study notes for each element of the course

Self-assessment activities


Tutor support

Assignment marking & feedback



Price and Payment Methods


Please refer to current price list


Course Contents

This course consists of eight units of study:


Unit 1: Introduction to care counselling

By the end of this Unit you will be able to:

Explain the importance of counselling

Explain communication and its role in counselling

Demonstrate understanding of the different forms of counselling.

Conduct a counselling session.


Unit 2: Ethical and cultural issues in counselling

By the end of this Unit you will be able to:

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

By the end of this Unit, you will be able to:

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

This unit of your course will cover the following objectives and allow you to be able to:

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 affects of HIV/AIDS

By the end of this Unit you will be able to:

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.

Design activities which will help you to communicate when counselling children and youths infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Identify available networks and resources for referral of children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.


Unit 7: Grief Counselling       

By the end of this Unit you will be able to:

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

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

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.

Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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