Introduction to Counselling Young People


A short course exploring young people's development and relationships from a counselling perspective.

Participants will learn about key psychotherapeutic concepts and developmental theories, focussed on listening, helping and observational skills specific to young people aged 10 - 25 years. These skills are transferrable to those working with, or contemplating working with young people in a range of occupational settings.

Programme details

Courses starts: 26 Sept 2023

Week 1: Beginnings

Week 2: What is counselling?

Week 3: Childhood

Week 4: Adolescence

Week 5: Key concepts

Week 6: Listening skills

Week 7: The therapeutic relationship

Week 8: Theory into practice

Week 9: Working in different settings

Week 10: Review and endings


Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from the January 1st after the current full academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.


Description Costs
Course Fee £345.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit, you are a full-time student in the UK or a student on a low income, you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees. Please see the below link for full details:

Concessionary fees for short courses


Miss Laura McDonald

Laura McDonald is a counsellor and psychotherapist. She works with schools and colleges to set up and run counselling services, delivers professional development and training, writes about counselling issues and practices in Oxford.

Course aims

An introduction to counselling theory and listening skills focused on helping young people. We will develop interpersonal skills, explore relationships in everyday life and provide insights into human development from childhood to young adulthood. The course utilises participants' personal experience alongside a variety of teaching methods.

Course objectives:

  • Explore models of human development from ages 10 - 25 years.
  • Acquire a basic understanding of counselling theory.
  • Enhance participants listening and helping skills.

Teaching methods

The course will employ theoretical, practical and experiential learning.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to:

  • demonstrate a basic understanding of counselling theory and concepts specific to young people;
  • understand how to listen to young people effectively and empathically;
  • have an enhanced understanding of their personal and professional development.

Assessment methods

Students will be asked to complete a summative assignment in the form of an essay (approx 1500 words). Details will be given by the tutor in the last few weeks of the course.

Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form at the end of term when submitting your final piece of work. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form - Declaration of Authorship form


Applications are received on a first come, first served basis. All applicants are required to attend a brief informal interview with the course tutor prior to being accepted onto this course. Therefore, direct online enrolments are not available. Instead, please download and complete BOTH forms below and return them to the Weekly Class Programme Office:

It is anticipated that the interviews will take place approximately one month prior to course start.

Payment for the course will be arranged once places are officially offered.

1. Enrolment Form (Word) or (Pdf)

2. Counselling Application Form

If you have any questions about the enrolment process please contact us.

Level and demands

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)