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Unit information: Therapeutic Work with Children in 2018/19

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Unit name Therapeutic Work with Children
Unit code SPOL30035
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Will Turner
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

This unit looks at younger childrens emotional development, and the kind of services, counselling, therapy and direct work available to help those children who develop emotional and behavioural problems in childhood. It considers current and historical theories of how such problems develop, research from UK & USA, and looks at different methods of helping and supporting such children. There is some teaching input from practitioners as well as researchers and lecturers from within the school.

The unit aims to:

  • Acquaint students with major theoretical approaches relating to the emotional development of children & young people;
  • Introduce the structure of services for children with emotional and behavioural problems;
  • Provide students with an increased understanding of a selection of therapeutic models used in work with children & young people.

Students are expected to gain knowledge in these areas, and to develop a critical approach to the analysis of current research and theoretical issues.

Students who successfully complete the unit will be more aware of the emotional and social difficulties which children & young persons may experience; they will be better equipped to recognise such difficulties and understand the theoretical models and methods by which these may be addressed and the relevant research; finally, they will be better able to consider whether further professional training in therapeutic work with young people is a suitable career option for them.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the unit will be more aware of the emotional and social difficulties which children & young persons may experience; they will be better equipped to recognise such difficulties and understand the theoretical models and methods by which these may be addressed and the relevant research; finally, they will be better able to consider whether further professional training in therapeutic work with young people is a suitable career option for them.

Teaching details

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, student presentations and guided individual study.

Assessment Details

Formative assessment by a formal presentation.

Summative assessment: one 3 000 word essay, chosen from a list of titles

Reading and References

  • Axline, V. (1964) Dibs in Search of Self. Aylesbury: Harmondsworth.
  • Barwick, N. (2000) Clinical Counselling in Schools. London: Routledge.
  • Carr, A. (2004). The handbook of clinical & adolescent clinical psychology: a contextual approach. London: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Copley, B. and Forryan, B. (1997) Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People. London: Cassell.
  • Geldard, K. and Geldard, D. (2002) Counselling Children: A Practical Introduction. London: Sage
  • Lanyado, M., & Horne, A. (1999). The handbook of child and adolescent psychotherapy: psychoanalytic approaches. London: Routledge.
  • Stallard, P. (2005). A Clinicians Guide to Think Good  Feel Good. Using CBT with Children and Young People. Wiley.

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