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Counselling Children and Adolescents (CSL578)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Working with children and adolescents means engaging explicitly within a web of relationships. In this unit students are encouraged to become familiar with the experiences of children, adolescents and their families. In addition, students will become conversant with the theories, models and intervention approaches, which underpin and guide how the counsellor works with children and adolescents.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an applied knowledge of relevant theories that guide counselling with children, young people and families.
2. Demonstrate an ability to explore and critically examine current beliefs and values within societal and cultural contexts.
3. Understanding the child, adolescent and family within a network of relationships, cultural contexts and the ethical issues and responsibilities of working within family and community systems.
4. Be familiar with, and be able to critically evaluate, evidence based interventions for commonly encountered issues in children, adolescent and family relationship counselling.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/ Seminars: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is based on both theoretical and applied learning and will involve direct lecture-style teaching, experiential learning, case-based learning, and group-based activities which foster integrated learning.
Assessment Assessment comprises of Assessment Item 1:
Reflective Report on child play
Assessment Item 2:
Group Presentation in class
Assessment Item 3:
Interview with an adolescent
Video Recording, and Summary Essay Report.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate of Counselling, Graduate Diploma of Counselling or Master of Counselling. Other students wanting to study this unit can be interviewed by the Unit Coordinator for consideration by the Counselling Academic Chair.
Previously 2013: PSY578
2013: 'Counselling: Working with Children and Adolescents'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Counselling (GradCertCounsel)
Graduate Diploma in Counselling (GradDipCounsel)
Master of Counselling (MCounsel)
Master of Creative Arts Therapies (MCAT) (MCAT)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Mr Hugo Gonzales
Senior Lecturer in Counselling

e: Hugo.Gonzales@murdoch.edu.au
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Mr Hugo Gonzales
Senior Lecturer in Counselling

e: Hugo.Gonzales@murdoch.edu.au
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