This unit explores and evaluates developmental stages, including attachment and neurodevelopment which is pertinent to childhood and adolescence. A range of challenges and presenting issues common to young people will be explored. Students will engage in case conceptualisation using sound theoretical frameworks to formulate an appropriate treatment plan informed by legal and ethical counselling practice. Theological perspectives will also be explored.

Unit code: DZ3222S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Counselling

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate how an understanding of human developmental theory, including neurodevelopment and attachment theory, can be included in practice for counselling children and adolesecents.


Identify a range of presenting issues and challenges to successful development and wellness, incorporating risk and protective factors, to inform assessment and treatment.


Examine a range of key counselling techniques and theoretical approaches which are suitable for counselling young people.


Develop an understanding of the legal and ethical principles and responsibilities involved with counselling children and adolescents.


Articulate a theological perspective that integrates faith and practice when counselling young people.

Unit sequence

This is an elective unit within the Bachelor of Counselling.


Pedagogy framework will include interactive lectures, guided discussions, directed reading, online learning activities and tutorials.

Indicative Bibliography

*(required texts)

Becker J. (2017). Expressive activities workbook. Beyond the Box Publishing.

Coulson. J. (2019). 9 Ways to a resilient child. Bolinda Publishing.

Fuller, A. (2006). From surviving to thriving. Acer press.

*Geldard D., Geldard K., & Yin Foo R. (2017). Counselling children. A practical introduction. Stage Publications Ltd.

*Geldard D., Geldard K., & Yin Foo R. (2020). Counselling adolescents. The proactive approach for young people. Stage Publications Ltd.

Hayde. M. (2017). Toddler to teen. How to equip, encourage and enjoy your children. Ingram Sparks.

Kirkbride, R. (2018). Counselling young people. A practitioner manual. Sage.

McConaughy, S. (2005). Clinical interviews for children and adolescents. Guildford Press.

Music, G. (2011). Nurturing natures. Attachment and children’s emotional, sociocultural and brain development. Psychology Press.

Pattison, S., Robson, M., & Beynon, A. (2015). The handbook of counselling children and young people. Sage.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Case Study - Case Conceptualisation 1250 30.0
Essay - Essay 2000 35.0
Oral Presentation - Presentation - Group Project 1750 35.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 18 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-09-18 15:33:25 +1000