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WS5102 - Counselling Children and Adolescents

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

This subject introduces postgraduate students to the specialised area of working with children and adolescents in the helping professions. The subject has four primary components. The first enables students to engage with the human developmental stages of childhood and adolescence. Through an analysis of case studies across the lifecycle students will be able to articulate the different impacts of certain life events and traumas across ages. The second major component is that of locating children and adolescents socio-economically and politically. This moves from a general orientation through to the more specific location of Indigenous children and youth. This structural positioning of young people provides them with both opportunities and constraints for self actualisation in their development towards adulthood. The third component is that of assessing children and youth around child abuse, mental health and behavioural issues. The fourth component focuses on psycho-social and behavioural interventions and advocacy for and with young people.

Learning Outcomes

  • assess children and adolescents through a human development lens;
  • assess children and young people in structural socio-political and material terms;
  • engage appropriate assessments and interventions with Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people;
  • intervene and work with children and young people through approriate theories and therapies which account for their psycho-political location.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to use a variety of media and methods to retrieve, analyse, evaluate, organise and present information.


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Method of Delivery: CDROM
Assessment: essays (60%); assignments (40%).

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