Singapore University of Social Sciences

Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents

Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents (COU551)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


This course provides a practical introduction to developmental, familial, cultural, ethical, practical, and theoretical approaches to counselling children and adolescents. It examines both theoretical and technical components of child and adolescent psychotherapeutic work across a common structural-procedural psychotherapeutic process.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Presentation of problems in children and adolescents; treatment effectiveness research
  • Developmental Constructs and Principles
  • Evaluation of presenting problem: First step in effective treatment
  • Familial, Cultural, Special Needs, Ethical, and Professional Concerns
  • Overview of Four Approaches to Child & Adolescent Therapy (person-centered, CBT, Reality and Family Systems)
  • Case conceptualization and treatment planning
  • Treating problems of infancy and early childhood: sleep problems; toileting problems; autism and PDD’s
  • Treating problems of middle childhood: attention and over-activity problems
  • Treating problems of middle childhood (continued): Fear & anxiety problems; Somatic problems
  • Treating problems in adolescence: mood problems; eating disorders
  • Other problems that may warrant treatment: physical child abuse; foster care; separation and divorce

Learning Outcome

  • Review and analyze developmental issues in childhood and adolescents.
  • Discuss familial, cultural and special needs concerns of children and adolescents.
  • Examine ethical and professional issues in counselling children and adolescents.
  • Assess and conceptualise problems presented by children and adolescents.
  • Design appropriate therapy plans following formulation of a case.
  • Assemble a variety of counselling approaches to working with children and adolescents.
  • Appraise commonly used approaches to counselling children and adolescents.
  • Compare and contrast the theoretical bases of the different approaches.
  • Apply a repertoire of counselling strategies for use with individuals and groups in individual and school settings
  • Improve the use of non-verbal approaches to counselling children and adolescents. through practice
  • Select a counselling approach of personal preference with justification
  • Evaluate the usefulness of integrative models in counselling children and adolescents.
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