The PG Dip Counselling Children and Young People, one of the only postgraduate courses of its kind, offers a unique blend of knowledge and skills practice, and provides a pathway to many exciting opportunities within the field of therapeutic work with young people. It is designed for qualified Counsellors and Psychotherapists who want to continue their professional development and enhance their career prospects with in-depth training in counselling children and young people.
You will develop an appreciation of the differences in working with this group as opposed to adults, and of the theories and practical skills necessary to communicate and connect with this client group. The course is highly experiential in nature and you will use your own ‘inner adolescent’ and a wide range of creative tools in learning how to work therapeutically with children and young people in both formal and informal settings.
Additional benefits of this CYP Counselling course include the opportunity to gain an insight into children’s services and the legal and ethical challenges of working with this age group, a practice placement in a school or youth setting and a learning package which includes block teaching and distance learning, enabling you to study and work in tandem.
Module 1: Counselling Children and Young People: Contexts and Practice Settings (30 Credits) – This module positions counselling services and practice settings within the wider network of provision and encourages you to examine and understand the policies and aims of the settings in which you work as well as to work, in partnership with other professionals and with parents. It encourages you to examine the ethical issues and dilemmas which face those working with this client group as well as the issues of diversity and equality within their settings. It addresses those important areas of safe, ethical practice and encourages you to find a balance between a children’s rights perspective and child protection.
The module incorporates a practice placement and invites you to use this practice learning to address all the necessary practice issues, including those of assessment and evaluation of service.
Module 2: Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People (30 Credits) – This module has an explicit focus on the skills and knowledge necessary to create a framework within which to counsel children and young people. It provides a sound base in the theories of child development and attachment which affect the child and adolescent’s emotional and cognitive growth, and also examines the social and personal issues which are common to many young people seeking help. It explores the ways in which many mental health problems manifest themselves in young people and equips you with the necessary creative tools with which to address these issues and to connect with young people with diverse needs.
Students may choose to exit the course or continue to complete the MA Counselling Children and Young People course by studying a research Dissertation.
The diploma is assessed through a combination of essays and skills practice as well as through a supervisor’s report on practice based learning and a portfolio of reflective practice.
The course is taught over six blocks of Fridays/Saturdays once a month from October to March with an additional two Fridays, one in September and one in April.
Suitably qualified students have the option of a practice placement in a school or an agency which offers counselling to Children and Young People via our Newport Independent School Based Counselling Service.
We want to give you the opportunity to ask us questions that are important to you in addition to us assessing your suitability for the course. This can be via Skype if you are unable to get to campus. Tutors will take time to explain the content of the programme to you and answer questions you have about the course. You will be asked about why you want to study the course and your reasons for choosing USW as well as more detailed questions about your studies and interests
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
|DBS Updating Service||£13||
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
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Costs are per session. Some agencies offer this free.
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Cost varies depending on individual circumstances. Each year if not already covered.
This course will enable you to become part of a new generation of professionals working within schools and other formal and informal youth settings.
On completion of the Masters, there may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, both at the University of South Wales and other UK Universities.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.