Not offered in 2019

Unit description

Provides 'front line' professionals with the knowledge and skills required to effectively support children and young people who are experiencing personal difficulties and require emotional support. Emphasis is placed on recognising when such support is needed and why, when and how to refer to other support services, such as counselling.

Unit content

MODULE 1 - Recognising why and when young people need emotional support - Theoretical contexts for understanding children's emotional concerns - Contexts of engaging with children and young people (eg. Schools, families, peer-interaction) - Causes of emotional distress (issues such as friendship issues, family dynamics, abuse, loss and grief, bullying, suicide).

MODULE 2 - Responding to children and young people's emotional needs -  The role (and limitations) of 'front line' professionals - Building self-esteem and promoting resilience - Identifying appropriate means of providing support practical support - Ethical and legal considerations - The importance of reflective practice. 

MODULE 3 - Referring to other service providers - Distinguishing between the need for social and emotional support and issues related to mental health, care and protection - An overview of relevant services and service models for children needing specialised support - counselling/therapy, mental health and child protection - Theoretical frameworks and therapeutic modalities for counselling and therapy with young people.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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