COUN6341 Counselling Children and Young People

Master Course Unit

COUN6341: Counselling Children and Young People

Duration: One trimester

Level: 2nd year

Credit points: 6 (out of a total of 96 points)

Prerequisites: 5 Year 1 units must be completed

Mode(s) of delivery: Blended Delivery

Core/elective: Elective

Unit Description

Counselling Children and Young People is an elective unit within the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy which is designed to equip students to provide effective counselling and therapy to children and young people experiencing a diverse range of presenting issues. Students will discuss and evaluate a systemic approach to counselling children and adolescents that emphasises the importance of engaging and understanding young clients and their difficulties within a multidimensional framework that includes developmental, familial, broader relational, educational, cultural and societal domains. Building on this systemic foundation, the unit will then examine theory and skills related to a range of evidence-based therapeutic modalities that can be applied with children and young people from diverse backgrounds who present with a breadth of concerns and difficulties. Important ethical dimensions of working with young clients will also be canvassed, including child safety issues and managing boundaries, multiple relationships, and transference/ counter-transference.

Learning outcomes

By the completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate comprehension of an integrated systemic perspective to assessment and intervention with children, young people and their families
  • develop and apply in depth knowledge of a range of experiential counselling and psychotherapy models for counselling children and young people
  • analyse and evaluate their own responses to working with children and young people; including potential triggers, countertransference, and maintaining ethical boundaries
  • critically analyse and compare the effectiveness and evidence base of a range of approaches to therapy with  children and young people
  • demonstrate and apply knowledge of ethical issues related to counselling children and young people, including confidentiality and reporting of risk to safety

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.

Graduate attributes

The material covered in this unit will contribute to the development of the following graduate attributes:

  • Communication

The ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in a range of contexts using literacy, numeracy and information technology skills. 

  • Independent and Lifelong Learning

A commitment to continued and independent learning, intellectual development, critical analysis and inquiry, integrative thinking, and creativity.

  • Problem Solving

The ability to problem solve across a range of settings including professional, social and cultural contexts. 

  • Information Literacy

The ability to assimilate, analyse and utilise information effectively in a range of contexts, genres and texts types.

  • Innovation and Sustainability

A capacity to promote innovation within a socially sustainable environment.

  • Social Justice

An acknowledgment of and respect for equality of opportunity, individual and civic responsibility, indigenous and other cultures and times, and an appreciation of cultural diversity.

  • Discipline Knowledge and Skills

A command of a significant body of discipline knowledge and relevant professional skills.

  • Ethics and Ethical Practice

An awareness of, and sensitivity to, ethics and ethical standards on interpersonal and social levels, and within a field of study and/or profession.  To demonstrate integrity on social, cultural, and environmental issues.

  • Teamwork and leadership

A capacity for and an understanding of teamwork and leadership.

  • Global Perspective

An appreciation, respect and valuing of cultural and intellectual diversity.

Special provisions

Students will attend an intensive workshop of 14 hours in this unit, which will include lectures, experiential counselling activities and case discussions of clinical presentations of children and young people.


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:

Relevant journals and resources

Knowledge and understanding of these topics will be enhanced by wide reading of international peer-reviewed journal articles from various domains of counselling and psychotherapy, which can be accessed via the ACAP Library’s journal databases.

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


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.