Professional Certificate of Adolescent Counselling

When working with adolescents as a teacher, coach, confidante or mentor, you are not always prepared for the often highly sensitive nature of the information with which you are confronted. This introductory program delivers basic theory and practical counselling skills to help you meet the various mental health needs of the young people you work with.

This program aims to enhance your knowledge of adolescent development, the mental health issues facing young people today, and provide you with increased confidence to support them in your role.

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

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate enhanced professional knowledge and understanding of adolescent social and intellectual learning, development and the challenges facing adolescents today including requirements in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
  • Use a range of basic counselling skills with young people.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of counselling theories and techniques which are effective for use with young people.
  • Understand the issues facing young people today and the risk and resilience factors in their lives.
  • Apply a practical understanding of mental health issues common in adolescents, and recognise and manage these.
  • Understand the legal and ethical issues involved counselling youth.


Online program: one 2-hour online class per week over nine weeks, 6.00 – 8.00pm.

Independent study: Participants will engage in approximately 10 hours of readings and activities per week throughout the program.

You will require internet access and a laptop, computer or other device that will enable you to join a virtual classroom and access an online learning portal. Your chosen device requires a camera, microphone and sound.

When and where

Online learning,  9 X Tuesday evenings:
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Time: 6:00 pm - 8.00 pm


$1,355 (ex. GST)

Textbook: To complete the prescribed reading in this course, we recommend participants purchase the following text: 
Geldard, K., Geldard, D., & Foo, R. Y. (2019). Counselling adolescents: The proactive approach for young people (5th Ed). Sage Publications.


You do not need to complete any prerequisites for this program. However, it is most relevant if you are working in areas such as education, community work, nursing and allied health professions, youth clubs or sporting associations or are looking to work in these areas.

Please note that participants must be over 18 years of age on the start date of this program.


Assessment tasks consist of:

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


On successful completion of the program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Faculty of Education, Monash University.