EDF4533 - Counselling children and adolescents - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Angela Mornane (Semester 1, Term 1)

Dr Emily Berger (Term 3)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Flexible)

Hong Kong



This unit is an introduction to counselling child and adolescent clients and explores the childhood and teen years in which specific developmental milestones are reached. This challenging time for parents and teachers, during which children are learning about their place within the family, their school and local community, is examined. Students are assisted to understand adolescence as the period during which children begin the transition to adulthood but are still developing maturity and their identity. Students analyse how adolescents expand their horizons and move into the adult world, and the range of challenges that can present as they move towards greater independence.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the major developmental milestones of children and adolescents
  2. demonstrate an understanding of typical challenges faced by children and adolescents
  3. recognise the process of development of 'self' within society
  4. reflect on and analyse their own responses as a counsellor to working with children and adolescents
  5. examine the effectiveness of various approaches to counselling children and adolescents
  6. become familiar with the counselling agencies specific to these age groups
  7. develop counselling skills suitable for child and adolescent clients.


Vignettes of developmental stages (4000 words, 50%)

Case study analysis (4000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face-to-face component over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus* flexible students:
    • 36 contact hours of face-to-face and/or online activities
  2. Contact hours for off-campus* flexible students:
    • 36 contact hours of online activities
  3. Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:
    • one intensive block (usually from Thursday to Sunday)
    • at least 14 hours of online study per term
  4. Additional requirements (all students):
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per semester

    *This refers to the student's course enrolment mode.

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