This course has concessions available

Working Therapeutically With Adolescents – Online

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 with gain a CPD certificate of 6 hours for each course.
Module 1: Working Therapeutically with Adolescents
In this introductory course, we will explore adolescence as a distinct phase of development and consider the challenges of engaging this client group and creative approaches to support the therapeutic process.

Who is this course for

This course is designed for Counsellors with a Level 4 Qualification in Counselling who wish to expand 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

What is Adolescence
Adolescent development and theories of the adolescent process from a sociological and psychological perspective..
The Neuroscience of the Adolescent Brain.
The challenges of engaging the adolescent in counselling.
The needs of different age groups
Creative Strategies for engaging adolescents

By the end of the module participants will have an understanding of the theories of adolescent development as a distinct phase, an understanding of the specific therapeutic needs of this client group and some awareness of strategies for engaging this client group in the therapeutic process.

What will it be like

The course will be run online using Zoom for the live class sessions and either the Moodle page for the course or some other system for the distribution of the electronic resources for the session sitting alongside this. Although there will be some adjustments that need to be made for the online version of this course, we will aim to keep the experience as close as possible to that of a face to face course taught in the Centre.

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

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

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 towards the BACP competencies required for Counsellors who have qualified on an adult training to work therapeutically 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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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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