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A FREE set of 2 textbooks will be included for UK students.

Required textbooks:

Geldard, K., Geldard, D. and Yin Foo, R., Counselling Children: A Practical Introduction. 5th edition. Sage, 2018.

Geldard, K., Geldard, D. and Yin Foo, R., Counselling Adolescents: The Proactive Approach for Young People. 4th edition. Sage, 2016.





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wise owl imageDiploma in
Child & Adolescent Counselling Skills

(Dip. C. A. Couns.)

Distance Learning Course Details


February 2018 - this course has been upgraded in line with publication of the 5th edition of "Counselling Children". The course price has remained unchanged.

The course now includes over 600 pages of textbook material plus a 58-page manual, curated web links and links to further on-line resources (provided by the textbook publishers). We believe it provides more useable quality content than any comparable home study course.


Course Manual image - Dipl. Child and Adolescent Counselling Skills


   College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
Course accredited by ACCPH (See link in left-hand column)

Total recommended period of study: approx. 4 to 8 months. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.

Cost: 365.00 (Three hundred and sixy-five Pounds Sterling) for currency conversion see www.xe.com

(A FREE set of 2 textbooks will be included for students from the UK.   Students outside the UK will need to buy their own textbooks or to download the Kindle editions from Amazon. See links on this page to buy hard copies on-line.) 

Method of study: 

Textbook study. Written assignments based on textbook study and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by email.

Course description and syllabus

This course gives very clear and step-by-step practical guidance with many worked examples, backed by relevant theory so you understand what you are doing and why.

The child counselling skills module takes a practical all-round approach to child counselling, including the use of play therapy techniques. The basic counselling framework is explained in terms of goals, the relationship between counsellor and child, and the qualities needed by a children’s counsellor. The history of work with children is reviewed and a theoretical chapter explains the processes of change. Essential child counselling skills are introduced in a step-by-step way with examples. The psychodynamics of child counselling is outlined. A range of instructions and techniques for play therapy is given using different media and activities. The use of worksheets is introduced and a range of sample worksheets is given. This module has been updated in accordance with the fourth (2013/14) edition of the textbook.

The adolescent counselling module takes a practical all-round approach to adolescent counselling incorporating knowledge of adolescent peer communication.  The unit begins with an understanding of the nature of adolescence and the changes and problems that occur during that period, identifying particular hazards of the adolescent period. A proactive counselling model is then given, outlining the particular communication skills and counselling skills needed. A range of counselling strategies (symbolic, creative, behavioural/ cognitive-behavioural and psycho-educational) is explored and case studies are given showing adolescent counselling in practice. A discussion of professional ethics is also provided. The course has been revised and extended in line with the 5th edition of the textbook (2018).

Entry criteria and suitability 

This course is for parents, qualified counsellors and helpers, teachers, and anybody who looks after or works with children or adolescents.  It is an introductory or supplementary course and is not accredited by a government-recognised agency: therefore this course by itself is insufficient to qualify you to work with children wherever special regulations occur. However this course can act as a complement to other courses or refresher (especially if you have trained in the past and want to know the latest counselling thinking), and it might also increase your chances of finding a place on an approved child care or other course qualifying you to work with children. 

Qualified and practising counsellors, psychotherapists and hypnotherapists who already work with youth but have no specific certificate in that area will find this course a welcome addition to their professional portfolio, providing a key area of professional development. Professional societies that operate an unrestricted CEU policy may consider this qualification for CEU purposes.  


Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in Child and Adolescent Counselling Skills awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning. The course is accredited by ACCPH  (see links in left-hand column). Course graduates may use the postnominal initials Dip. C. A. Couns.

Students will be able to apply for membership of professional associations in the UK.

Non-UK students are responsible for checking whether they need any form of accreditation or licensing to practise as a counsellor or psychotherapist, or to work with children, in their own country. UK College of Holistic Training is unable to give advice on local regulations in your country.


Conversion to Diploma for those who already have the Certificate

A conversion route can be made be available for those who have the Certificate and wish to upgrade to Diploma. Students will need to obtain at least one new textbook. (UK and non-UK students will need to buy their own copies of the book for the conversion route).


Further information

Please see our FAQs page for general information about practising counselling and psychotherapy in the UK and elsewhere.

We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at any time.


Please note that this course is not accredited or approved by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or the British Psychological Society.  It does not lead to UKCP or BACP accreditation and is not accredited by any body that is recognised by the UK government. In the UK, counselling and psychotherapy are not government-controlled and there are many independent routes to private qualifications & professional society memberships.


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