Change Certificate in Youth Counselling

The training includes assessment and therapeutic strategies for working with young people
Emphasis is placed on supporting practitioners to develop an open, present and creative way of working in order to facilitate the child or young person’s sense of self and develop their resilience.

Criteria for certification:
100% attendance
Successful completion of 1 written piece of work
A reflective journal
Feedback from course tutor
Placement supervisor’s report
Skills / Supervision

Delegates will need to demonstrate the ability to:
• reflect on theories covered in the course to inform their work with a child or young person
• to engage empathically with a child or young person
• communicate in a way that is appropriate for the age and development of the client and can draw upon a range of skills / interventions that are suitable for their development stage and personal circumstances
• work with feelings expressed verbally and non-verbally by a child or young person
• demonstrate their understanding of the child’s family context as well as issues with regard to culture, diversity and difference
• notice and interpret their responses to a child or young person and to assess the impact of the interventions they make
• demonstrate an effective use of supervision

It will be critical that delegates are able to demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to engage with a range of ethical, legal and multi-agency issues. Understanding of safeguarding and child protection policies, practice and procedures will be paramount.

Written Work
Specific criteria will be given for the piece of written work and the personal reflective journal.
Candidates will need to be able to demonstrate that they have read and understood the theoretical material covered on the course and understand its relevance to them personally and with regard to clinical work with children and young people.

Written work should have a coherent structure, include a logical argument where appropriate, be clear, grammatically correct, appropriately referenced and within the word count.

Entry Requirements
Applicants must have:
• Attained a Diploma in Counselling or Psychotherapy
• 150 hours of clinical work with clients
• Personal maturity and a willingness to reflect
• Current CRB check with enhanced disclosure
• An interest in and commitment to their own personal development
• Clinical Work / Placements

Ideally, successful applicants will have clinical work or a voluntary placement arranged before the start of the course and at the latest by the end of the fourth weekend of training.
Completion of the course will require a successful supervisors report following 24 hours clinical work with a minimum of 4 clients.

Opportunities for Progression
The Change Certificate in Youth Counselling provides a potential gateway into higher-level training programmes at Change Birmingham Brief Therapy and other educational providers. It may also enhance eligibility for application to other health, mental health, and management related training courses at other institutions.

Dates for 2017:

Please note we will not be running this course this year.

Unit 1: Foundation in Solution Focused Brief Therapy
The Foundation unit is an introduction to the Solution Focused Brief Therapy. The aim is to help participants to gain some basic knowledge and skills of the approach before they embark on the subsequent 4 units. Please see here for details.

Unit 2: The Changing Youth Culture
• The growth of Youth Culture
• Family network systems and the child’s place within them.
• Influences on the lives of young people in our society today
• The boundaries of confidentiality The Child – Counsellor relationship.
• Working transculturally with children and young people.
• Solution focused strategies and how they work best.

Unit 3: Working with Young People
• Safeguarding.
• Freedom of choice and equal opportunities.
• Living with Violence
• Bereavement and loss
• physical emotional and sexual abuse
• Ethical and legal issues when working with children and young people

Unit 4: Counselling Young People the Solution Focused way
• The therapeutic alliance with YPs
• The teenage brain.
• Smarter targets.
• Brief Therapy in Schools and collaborative practice.
• Group-work

Unit 5: Solution Focused Approach and Youth Issues
• Sexual Issues
• Body Image and Eating Disorder
• School phobia
• Divorce and separation
• Empowering the Young Client
• Working creatively and with Personal integrity with children and young people.
• Setting the framework for counselling sessions with children and young people whilst taking into consideration the location / setting of the work.

Youth Counselling learners must complete Unit 3 of the Certificate Course if they wish to progress to Diploma.
Please click here for details of the Certificate Course

Course Fee
There are five units. Each unit costs £200 but a discount fee of £700 is available for up-front payment.

Duration
The course duration is for one academic semester spread over 5 weekends.

Course Tutors:
Clive Whittaker, Paul Avard, Dr Dean-David Holyoake, Dennis Lines
Eva Golding

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