Notes on a Counseling Children Graduate Course
16 years ago the counseling children course involved creating live or recorded counseling sessions with children from ages 3 to 18 years of age. The assignment for the class required the student to to gain permission from parents and guardians and to encourage a helping conversation with children. The first video was an “open“ video simply allowed the care and training meaning, that is, graduate students in a Masters level counseling program were to establish, maintain and conclude a counseling session with a child and the conversation was developmentally appropriate to the child’s age.
The second video, assigned later in the class, asked the student to include a counseling theory and or intervention with the child told that is appropriate for the presenting problem. Second session based on information used from the first video session. During the debriefing, the instructor and the class viewed the video and provided feedback for the student presenting a case. A rubric was used to evaluate the counseling session. Also, feedback was provided regarding the counseling techniques and dynamics that occurred during the session. Hypothetical ideas were advanced regarding future sessions.
In addition to the two videos and presentations in the classroom, the students in the counseling children class were required to complete a “major project” on an issue presented in counseling from child clients. Presenting problem was then addressed by theory and techniques in the session. The student presented a complete project with both topic and theoretic approach. In fact, the counselor in training was to become an content expert on the topic.