Module 6: Introduction To Psychopathology And The Adolescent

This postgraduate-level series of workshops has been created in response to the new BACP
competence framework for Counselling Children and Young People, which emphasises a relational way of working. The courses are for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists with at least a Level 4 Diploma
in Counselling (or equivalent) who have an interest in working with 11-19 year-olds within the education
or charity sector. Each module will consist of a combination of theoretical presentation, experiential
learning and presentation of case material. Students who attend will gain a CPD certificate of 6 hours for
each course.

Module 6: Introduction to Psychopathology and the Adolescent.
On this course we will consider the diagnosis of mental health conditions in adolescence in the light of the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and develop our awareness of the range of mental health problems that may arise in adolescence and which are outside the scope of traditional adolescent counselling practice. We will also explore the question of when a systemic approach is the more useful intervention, or when referral to other mental health professionals might be the intervention of choice.

Who is this course for

This course is designed for Counsellors with a Level 4 Qualification in Counselling who wish to ex-pand their practise to work therapeutically with Young People Aged between 12 and 18 years old in either an education or agency setting.

What does this course cover

This module aims to create awareness of the range of mental health problems in adolescence which are outside the cope of traditional adolescent counselling practise. We will look at where a systemic approach is a more useful intervention and where it is necessary to refer on to other mental health pro-fessionals as the intervention of choice.

An overview of Psychopathology as it applies to adolescence.
An Introduction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and
its application to adolescence.
An introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
We will provide sign posting to additional trainings and learning material

What will it be like

Course material will be delivered through formal presentation, discussion and experiential work.
The course will have components of casework presentation.

What else do you need to buy or do

Students should bring a notebook and pen. Handouts will be provided. Students will have access to Moodle our online learning tool. A recommended reading/resource list will be given and students will be signposted to additional learning resources/courses.

What this course could lead to

This course is designed as a C.P.D module in its own right or as part of evidence toward the BACP competencies required for Counsellors who have qualified on an adult training to work therapeuti-cally with adolescents within an agency or educational setting. Students who attend will gain a CPD certificate for 6 guided learning hours.

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