Child and adolescent psychology is a fascinating field that provides insights into the behaviour of children and teens, which can be applied to real life. This collaborative study of child and adolescent psychology is ideal professional development for anyone working with young children or teens in education, health care or counselling roles.
The Advanced Certificate of Child and Adolescent Psychology is an online professional development course that will introduce you to child and adolescent psychology theories, principles, and practices.
In this dual child psychology course, you’ll learn about physical, cognitive, emotional, moral, sexual and language development, socialisation, and the development of empathy, self-awareness, perspective.
You’ll also discover the impact of family structure, peers and educational settings on young people and how to identify life crises and the stages of transition into adulthood.
On completion of this course, you will be able to identify issues unique to children and teenagers, distinguish between typical and problem behaviours and learn how to respond to and support young people.
Unit - Child Psychology
Unit 1 – Introduction to child psychology
Levels of development: nature or nurture, isolating hereditary characteristics
Cause versus correlation
Continuity versus discontinuity
Cross sectional and longitudinal studies
Reliability of verbal reports
Unit 2 -The newborn infant
Theories of newborn psychology
Temperament – nature or nurture
The perinatal environment
Emotional disturbances during pregnancy
Unit 3 – States and senses of the infant
Sensory discrimination (sound, smell and visual)
Infant states (sleep, inactivity, waking, crying)
Soothing a distressed baby
Unit 4 – Learning
How children learn
Consequences and timing
Unit 5 – Emotions and socialisation
Emotions in early childhood
Origins of smiling
Responding to babies
Role of cognition in attachment formation
Unit 6 – Cognitive Development
Piaget’s theory and cognitive structural development
The importance of play
Implications of Piaget’s theories
Cognitive processing theory
Memory improvement strategies
Unit 7 – Language Development
Is language ability learned or innate?
Social learning approach
Hypothesis testing approach
How speech develops
Helping babies talk
One to two years
From age 3
Why things sometimes go wrong
Unit 8 – Intelligence
Interaction of nature and nurture
The nature of intelligence
Parental influences on intelligence
Testing intelligence as a tool
Unit 9 – Socialisation … Part A
awareness of others
Having a point of view/perspective
Unit 10 – Morality
Freud’s approach to moral development
Post conventional level
Raising morally mature children
Pro-social or altruistic behaviour
Age-related changes in aggression
Unit 11 – Sexuality
Freud’s psychosexual stages of development
Gender and role identity
Unit 12 – Socialisation … Part B
Acceptance and rejection
Unit - Adolescent Psychology
Unit 1 – Introduction
Theories of human development
What is adolescence?
Piaget’s theory of cognitive development
The stages of Piaget’s theories
Erikson’s psychosocial development theory, stages
Unit 2 – Life crises
Internalised and externalised problems
Types of problems experienced by adolescents
Unit 3 – Physical development
Puberty in females
Puberty in males
Unit 4 – Intellectual development
Piaget’s formal operations stage
Unit 5 – Emotional development
Teenagers and grief
Typical childhood responses to grief
Supporting a grieving child
Unit 6 – Sexuality
Acquisition of gender identity and social role identity
Vicarious learning and sexual identity
Sexuality and nudity
Unit 7 – Social development
Types of parenting
Denigration of parents
Unit 8 – Moral development
Piaget’s theory of moral development
Kohlberg’s theory of moral reasoning
Unit 9 – Delinquency and crime
Pathways to delinquency
Crimes more likely in adolescence
Drugs, solvents and alcohol
Triggers of abuse
How to deal with deviance
Unit 10 – Adolescents and the transition to adulthood
Erikson’s later stages
The transition to adulthood
Estimated duration 100 hours
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