Professional Certificate of Adolescent Counselling

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 program introduces basic theory and practical counselling skills to help you meet the various needs of young people.

This program 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

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 readings and activities 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 2020

Online program: **PROGRAM FULL**
August 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15
October 6, 13, 20
(9 x Tuesday evenings)
6.00 – 8.00pm AEST

Online program:
October 15, 22, 29
November 5, 10, 17, 24
December 1, 8
(4 x Thursday and 5 x Tuesday evenings)
6.00 – 8.00pm AEDT


$1,225 (GST free)


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

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
  • exam


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

We recognise the program to the value of one unit of credit (12 points) towards further postgraduate study in Education. Please refer to our assessment and credit options.