Institute of Commercial Management | Qualification Subject

Understanding the Practice of Counselling

Main Topics of Study

Child and Adolescent Psychology

  • The role and qualities of a child counsellor
  • Child and adolescent developmental psychology
  • Child psychology dynamics and special needs

Moral Development in Children

  • Levels of moral development
  • Factors that influence moral development

Issues Requiring Adolescent Counselling

  • Personal hygiene and self care
  • Sexuality, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy and abortion
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Suicide and self harm
  • Parenting relationships and styles

Marriage and Family Counselling

  • Marriage and family counselling theories
      - Psychoanalysis
      - Object relations theory
      - Family systems theory
  • Family values and ethics
  • Marriage conflicts

Loss, Death and Grief Counselling

  • Types of loss
      - Loss of relationship
      - Loss of the self
      - Loss of objects
      - Developmental loss
  • Perspectives of managing loss
      - Philosophical
      - Spiritual
      - Psychological
      - Physiological
      - Sociological
  • Types of grief
      - Normal
      - Complicated
      - Delayed
      - Masked
      - Chronic
      - Exaggerated
      - Disenfranchised
  • Considerations in grieving therapy
  • Experiences and risk factors in bereavement

The Grieving Process

  • Stages of grieving (Kübler-Ross 1969)
  • Grieving theories
      - Worden 1982
      - Kavanaugh 1992

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