Details for Working with Children and Young People

This subject examines developmental, psychological and behavioural aspects of child and adolescent development, providing knowledge, understanding and insights that will help counsellors function as members of management teams.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC339
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Working with Children and Young People

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of attachment theory; generational, sociological and cultural differences impacting childhood and adolescents; the aetiology, diagnosis and management of a range of disorders, including the child and family’s right to be involved in decision making;
  2. Develop a professional, ethical and holistic approach to working with children and adolescents; and demonstrate an advanced ability to report or refer appropriately and deal with issues of transference;
  3. Critically analyse the effectiveness of different therapeutic approaches currently used in working with children and adolescents;
  4. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the stresses experienced by family and communities of children and youth experiencing problems and how to provide support, counsel and/or referral to support groups for them when appropriate.

Subject Content

  • Introduction to theories of child development including attachment theory
  • The developmental tasks of adolescence, adolescent worldviews and perspectives, cultural diversity and adolescent spirituality
  • Counselling in relation to adolescent issues, e.g. sexual concerns, alcohol & drug problems, eating disorders, suicidal intentions and behaviour, unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV-AIDS, and abuse
  • The role of the professional as a member of the management team
  • Acts and regulation relating to children; i.e. mandatory
  • Indicative policy frameworks for the provision of services to children and youth
  • Diagnosis and therapy on some of the following:
    • learning disorders
    • intellectual disabilities
    • pervasive developmental disorders e.g. autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity
    • mental health issues
    • the experience and effects of trauma and abuse on children and youth
  • Practising skills required for working with children and youth e.g. creative therapies, narrative therapies

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (eLearning)
  • Intensives
  • Extensives

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Interview Reflection (25%)
  • Case Study Report (25%)
  • Oral Presentation and Write-up (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • Kirkbride, R. (2018) Counselling children and young people in private practice: A practical guide (1st ed.; e-book). Routledge.

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any textbooks.