COUN2951 Counselling Children and Young People

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 200

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: Counselling Skills (COUN1001)

Unit Description

This unit introduces students to key theories of development in children and young people. Because of the dependence of children and young people on adults and their early stages of development, counselling practice with children and young people poses unique ethical and legal challenges.  A systems perspective for assessment of children and young people in their family, social and cultural contexts will be presented. Students will develop skills in a range of therapeutic interventions and critically compare approaches in terms of their effectiveness, the role of the client, and outcomes.  Students will also critically reflect on their personal history and its influence on their countertransference responses to children and young people, and develop skills in maintaining professional boundaries.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • Apply key theories of child and adolescent development to client presentations;

  • Apply a systemic perspective to the assessment of children, young people and their families;

  • Apply legal and ethical knowledge to counselling practice with children, young people and their families;

  • Apply therapeutic approaches and interventions in working with children, young people and their families to case presentations;

  • Identify cultural considerations and apply skills for working with diversity; 

  • Analyse and reflect on personal responses to counselling children and young people; including potential triggers, countertransference and boundaries.   

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link: 

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Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.