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Counselling Children

This is an advanced course for professionals in education or counselling. It is suited to child care practitioners who find themselves working with children in a counselling or support context. It is also designed to meet the needs of experienced counsellors who require CPD training in this specialised area. It has been written by professionals and experts in their field, and as such is based on practical experience, up-to-date research and a strong theoretical foundation.

A comprehensive introduction to working effectively and therapeutically with children up to 12 years. Study topics include: the child-counsellor relationship; theoretical and practical foundations; child counselling skills and approaches; play therapy; self-esteem building; social skills; developing protective behaviours.

We also offer a course in Counselling Children and Young People (10 – 18 years) – click here for more details.

Course Outline

Course book: Client-centred Play Therapy, Janet West.

Module 1: Counselling Children: An Introduction
Module 2: Theoretical Perspectives
Module 3: Children and Families
Module 4: Understanding Children’s Problems
Module 5: Counselling Through Play Therapy
Module 6: Useful Approaches and Techniques

Students have up to 12 months to complete this course, allowing them to work through the modules at their own pace. On average, however, it takes students around 10 months to complete the course, based on 3 – 4 hours study time per week. Students can also purchase an extra 12 months of tutor support for just £20 if required.

Tutor Support

You are assigned a personal tutor when you first enrol on the course who will work with you throughout your studies. Tutor support is by email or instant chat. You can contact your personal tutor at any time by email. You can also talk to a member of your tutorial team by instant chat between 9am and 9pm each day, 7 days a week.


  • CPD Certificate in Counselling Children

All of our certificates are accredited and recognised by employers as well as professional bodies.

Payment Options

Cost – Online Course – £180

Postal Course – £267

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Borders Connect is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers. All of our home study courses include study material, which is sent out in an attractive, hardwearing folder, essential course books and full tutorial support or delivered online directly to your email address. We are accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council and registered as providers with the Learning Skills Council.