Counselling Children & Adolescents Level 4 Award Course – QLS


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    This online counselling children & adolescents course is aimed at students who wish to gain an understanding of counselling children and adolescents.

    Perfect for those individuals already working in this specific field as a piece of CPD (Continuing Professional Development), or indeed anyone who simply has a general interest in the counselling sector.

    This Counselling children & adolescents course has been designed to allow learners to:

    • Study the history and key thinkers that have contributed to counselling
    • Gain an understanding of children and their cognitive and psychological development
    • Develop a detailed knowledge of different counselling approaches, such as cognitive and person-centred methods
    • Learn about the ethics of counselling and considerations and how to create the right therapeutic environment

    Qualification: Counselling Children & Adolescents Level 4 Award – QLS
    Support: 1-year support included 
    Start Date: Anytime – We enrol 365 days a year 

    Course Syllabus

    Learners will complete 6 units of study in total as listed below.

    Unit 1: History of Counselling

    • History of counselling
    • Theories and theorists
    • Jung
    • Rogers
    • Skinner
    • Ellis
    • Maslow

    Unit 2: Childhood and Children

    • Defining childhood
    • Historical perspective of childhood
    • Child development related to counselling
    • Language
    • Cognitive structure and input
    • Vision
    • Hearing
    • Socialisation
    • Attachment
    • Bowlby’s theory

    Unit 3: The Cognitive Approach

    • Approaches within cognitive behavioural therapy
    • The ABC Model
    • The triadic structure of CBT
    • The Socratic method
    • Counselling techniques
    • Further cognitive strategies
    • Organising sessions and programmes
    • Reading emotional feelings in behaviour
    • Behaviour and beliefs

    Unit 4: The Person-Centred Approach

    • Background
    • The inner self
    • PCT process
    • PCT application
    • PCT and transference

    Unit 5: The Therapeutic Relationship and Ethics

    • The child-counsellor relationship
    • Ethics for counselling
    • BACP ethical framework
    • CPCAB model of service levels
    • Legislation and consent

    Unit 6: The Therapeutic Environment

    • The play therapy room
    • Selecting media
    • Imagination
    • Setting up a practice

    Entry Requirements

    There are no previous qualifications required. However, students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

    Be aged 16 Years or above
    Possess a solid knowledge of the English language
    Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
    Basic computer skills: e.g. Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
    Have a genuine desire to succeed

    Course Duration

    This course comes with 12 months of support included:

    Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 100 Hours
    Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 120 Hours

    On average, learners will complete this course within 8 months

    Qualification Awarded

    ABC Quality License Scheme – Certificate of Achievement

    At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course).

    The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme & is offered in partnership with Kendal Publishing. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.  The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

    The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.  To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by OFQUAL, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

    The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and /or employers requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. Abc Awards & Cert awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

    ABC Awards & Certs Awards have long-established reputations for providing high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards & Certa Awards combine over 180 years of experience combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

    Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards & Certs Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14: all are developed with the support of the relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

    Regulated qualifications refer to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual/CCEA/Qualification Wales

    Tutors & Support

    All learners have access to a qualified tutor via email for the stated support period. In addition to this, you are able to speak to our support team via telephone with any query you may have relating your course.

    Our tutors and support team have years of experience in delivering online and distance learning courses. If you require help, then we are only a phone call away.


    Learners will be required to complete a series of tutor-marked assignments ( normally 1 after each unit) as they progress through this course. Each assignment will contain a variety of tasks/questions. These assignments are assessed by your tutor to monitor progress. You will be provided with constructive feedback to help you in completing each unit to the required standard.

    There is no examination to complete as the course is completed using continual assessment.

    Study Method

    Learners are able to access their course lessons via our online learning platform.  Complete your assignments and access all correspondence in one convenient place. 

    As long as you have an internet connection you can access your course 24/7.

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