Adolescent Counselling (Professional Certificate)

When working with adolescents as a counsellor, confidante or mentor, you are not always prepared for the often highly sensitive nature of the information with which you are confronted. This course introduces basic theory and practical counselling skills to help you meet the various needs of young people.

This course aims to meet the needs of the community in the area of adolescent counselling by providing you with the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes required to support and guide young people.

Topics covered

  • Key factors in adolescent counselling
  • Differences with counselling adults
  • Adolescent development - biological, psychological and cognitive
  • Challenges of adolescence - sleep, peer groups, alcohol and drugs and the internet
  • Risk factors and protective factors for adolescence
  • Mental health issues including anxiety, depression and suicide
  • Micro skills of counselling - what to say
  • Counselling theories
  • Ethical issues in counselling adolescents
  • Self care and burnout prevention for counsellors.


$1,295 (GST free)

Course length

Evening classes of three hours per week over 10 weeks.

Dates and venues for 2018

  • Course 1 (10 x Tuesdays):

    March 6, 13, 20, 27,
    April 17, 24,
    May 1, 8, 15, 22

    5:30 - 8:30pm

    Clayton Campus

  • Course 2 (10 x Thursdays):

    May 10, 17, 24, 31,
    June 7, 14, 21,
    July 19, 26,
    August 2

    5:30 - 8:30pm

    Ivanhoe, Lower Heidelberg Road


You do not need to complete any prerequisites for this course. However, it is most relevant if you have worked in areas such as social work, nursing, teaching, community work or have associated work experience.


Assessment tasks consist of:

  • journal
  • class participation/attendance (80% attendance must be maintained)
  • assignment
  • exam.


The Faculty of Education, Monash University, will issue you with a Certificate of Completion, on successful completion of the course.

We recognise the course to the value of one unit of credit (12 points) towards further study in a number of postgraduate level courses. Please refer to our Assessment and credit options.