The Counselling Children & Adolescents - Level 3 Course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of the role of a Child and Adolescent Counsellor and will help students to gain a good understanding of how to counsel children and adolescents in general day to day environments.

There are a wide range of factors that effect children and adolescents and this informative course is designed to cover some of the main issues.

In many ways, counselling for children is very similar to counselling for adults as both depend on the building of a trusting relationship.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate of Achievement.

For further studies in this area we would also recommend the Counselling and Psychotherapy Level 4 Course.

The Course Includes the Following Units:-

  • Unit 1 – Understanding the Relationship between Counsellor and Client

The following topics are covered: Listening skills; Vocabulary of Counselling; and The Initial Interview.

  • Unit 2 – Child Counselling Skills

The following topics are covered: Active listening; Observation; Opening up and sharing experiences; and Children’s emotions.

  • Unit 3 – An insight in to Child Development

The following topics are covered: Babies from birth to twelve months; Children from twelve to eighteen months; Children from eighteen to twenty four months; Children from twenty four to thirty six months; Children from thirty six months to fifty months; Children from fifty months to five years; Children from five to six years; Children from six to eight years; Children from eight to twelve years; Children between twelve to sixteen Years; Antenatal; Prenatal; Postnatal; Accidents; Breakdown of relationships/marriages; Culture; Environment; Learning Difficulties; Loss or Bereavement; and Behaviour.

  • Unit 4 – Behavioural Psychology and Fears and Phobias

The following topics are covered: Behavioural Psychology; and Fears and phobias.

  • Unit 5 – Child Abuse

The following topics are covered: What is Physical Abuse?; Accidental injuries; Non-accidental injuries; What is Emotional Abuse; Sexual Abuse; Protecting a child from Sexual Abuse; and Neglect.

  • Unit 6 – Bullying

The following topics are covered: What constitutes Bullying?; Feelings; Who is affected; The Victim; and The Bully.

  • Unit 7 – Grief & Bereavement

The following topics are covered: Typically normal grief; Inhibited grief; Delayed grief; and Chronic grief.

  • Unit 8 – Dysfunctional Families

The following topics are covered: Deficient parents; Abusive parents; Physical Abuse; and Alcoholic parents.

  • Unit 9 – Play Therapy

The following topics are covered: Toys and Play equipment; Feelings; and Imaginary environment.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the home study courses are self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive a Counselling Children & Adolescents Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

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 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.  This means that the course developers (Kendal Publishing) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.

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