Week 1 Discussion


Introduction to Child and Adolescent Counseling

Introduction to Child and Adolescent Counseling Program Transcript

JOHN SOMMERS-FLANAGAN: Hello, my name is John Sommers-Flanagan, and I have the honor to welcome you to the course Counseling 6346, Child and Adolescent Counseling.

Now, some people would say that counseling children and adolescents is one of the most challenging of all tasks in the counseling profession. And there are several reasons for this. At least a couple involve the fact that children often do not refer themselves for counseling, instead: they're referred by adults, usually parents or caretakers, and often probation officers or principals or other authority figures.

In addition, children and adolescents are right in the middle of the developmental tasks involving autonomy: individuation, growing independence. And because of those converging factors, sometimes children and adolescents may not be perfectly receptive to the input of adult authority figures like counselors.

Now, there are many solutions to this challenge that we'll talk about in this course. And one of them includes having immense respect for the child or adolescent, and the child and adolescent's culture. And so, as we begin this course, we'll be exploring what it's like to be a child and adolescent, and we hope that you can deeply immerse yourself into this process, and learn everything you can so that you can establish strong and healthy counseling relationships with children and adolescents.

And so, with that, I'd like to wish you the best of luck, and I hope that you enjoy this course.

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