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PGD Guidance and Counseling: EDUGC06 - Individual and Group Counselling of Children

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the different counselling strategies and techniques employed by differing theoretical domains to meet the specific requirements of counselling children and adolescents. Topics covered include: the diversity of child-counsellor relationships ranging from individual one-on-one encounters to group and family counselling sessions; the use of play therapy; and the investigation of childhood counselling issues such as maltreatment, depression and bereavement. Students will critically evaluate the manner in which the different counselling methodologies address the challenges of counselling children who may be at varying stages of their physical, cognitive, social and emotional development; and consider the application and utility of the methodologies from the cultural and educational context of the UAE.


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