This certificate is designed for people working with children or teenagers; or interested in a pursuing a career of working with youth.

What is psychology? 

You might not be sure about what exactly psychology is. Psychology is a science. It is the study of human and animal behaviour. Some say the study of mind or the brain. Whilst others consider it to be the study of personality. Psychology considers what motivates people to do what they do.

This course is concerned with how a person develops throughout their childhood. Maternal Behaviour and Attachment is just one interesting topic covered in the Child Development course.


Maternal Behaviour and Attachment Formation

Many mothers would no doubt like to know exactly what maternal actions and attitudes will elicit a healthy degree of attachment in their children. Psychologists know that the failure to develop a healthy attachment to the caregiver can lead to all sorts of problems; among others it can lead to cognitive deficiencies, delinquency and anti social behaviour


The type of relationship we develop as an infant can continue to affect our relationships in the future. Many of the most successful psychotherapists base their methods of counselling on this belief. People become stuck in the same pattern of relating to others. Often this pattern was established in very early childhood, before our conscious memory.

It is designed to provide a foundation for understanding the mind of a child and the way it changes and develops as they grow toward adolescence and eventually adulthood

Learn to Apply Psychological Theory to Practice

  • To care for or help people, in all types of situations
  • Understanding people helps you interact with them better; and for employers -manage them better.
  • Get a job or up skill for the job you already have
  • Self paced, 600 hour study program

Course Structure and Contents

It consists of 6 modules:

Introduction Psychology
There are seven lessons in this course, as follows:

  1. The nature and scope of Psychology
  2. Neurological basis of behaviour
  3. Environmental effects on behaviour
  4. Consciousness and perception
  5. Personality
  6. Psychological development
  7. Needs, drives and motivation

Child Psychology
There are 12 lessons as follows:

  1. Introduction to Child Psychology
  2. The Newborn Infant
  3. States and Senses of the Infant
  4. Learning
  5. Emotions and Socialisation
  6. Cognitive Development
  7. Language Development
  8. Intelligence
  9. Socialisation - Part A
  10. Morality
  11. Sexuality
  12. Socialisation - Part B

Educational Psychology
Seven lessons as follows:

  1. Introduction -Development & Learning Theory
  2. Behavioural Learning
  3. Information Processing
  4. Memory Retention & Loss
  5. Individual Needs
  6. Constructivist Learning
  7. Motivation

Developmental Psychology
The course is divided into ten lessons as follows:

  1. Introduction - Theoretical approaches and key concepts
  2. Early childhood - cognitive & social development in the first 6 years
  3. Middle childhood - cognitive, moral & social development in the school years
  4. Challenges of middle childhood
  5. Adolescence - cognitive, moral and social development
  6. Challenges of adolescence
  7. Adulthood - cognitive and psychosocial development in early and middle adulthood
  8. Challenges of adulthood
  9. Late adulthood - cognitive and psychosocial changes in the elderly
  10. Challenges of late adulthood

Career Counselling
The course contains ten lessons, as follows:

  1. Introduction - Scope and Nature of Careers Counselling
  2. Nature of Careers - What is a career, what makes it successful
  3. Careers Advice Resources - Brochures, Publications, Web Sites
  4. Services - Where can people get help (Social Services, Work Experience, Education)
  5. Developing Counselling Skills
  6. Conducting a Counselling Session
  7. Counselling Students and School Leavers
  8. Counselling Adults (inexperienced or facing career change)
  9. Job Prospecting - How to find work…resumes, etc
  10. Nurturing and Growing a career once it has started

Relationships and Communications Counselling
The course is divided into seven lessons as follows:

1. Communication in emerging relationships
2. Communication behaviour and needs
3. Communication and the environment
4. Communication patterns in relationships
5. Maintaining relationships
6. Relationship breakdown
7. Evaluation of communication techniques within relationships


Duration: 600 hours


MORE OPTIONS - You may replace up to two of these modules with any other modules from our large range of psychology courses

Can You Solve Problems?

The keys to problem solving are:
1. Withhold judgement. Don’t make up your mind at the start what is the problem or who is responsible. Instead, adopt a learning and listening approach, and use careful questioning to encourage the client to identify the problem.

2. Identify the problem. This can be quite difficult, but it will help you and anyone you are trying to help, focus on the actual areas needing attention, rather on the feelings and opinions that result from it.

3.  Establish the desire to solve the problem.  Believe it or not, many people really do not want to solve a problem because it distracts attention from deeper problems. Or they may not have focused on solving the problem, but rather, expected it to resolve itself over time. One way is to ask people to list all the negative outcomes of this problem, present and future, and to consider how much effort it is worth to solve it.

4. Consider possible strategies. Before focusing on a solution, it is helpful to consider all options, even some which seem, at first, to be poor options. Having many options gives you a great deal more to work with than seeing only two choices – either do this or do that. You might need to patiently support a client through this stage, since they might have previously decided that there are only two options – this or that. 

5. Select the best possible option, and also a second option, in case the first doesn’t work out. Weigh options against the time, effort, money, motivation, support and other resources needed. A perfect solution that isn't committed to is worse than a lesser solution that is acted upon.

6. Plan how to pursue the chosen option. Plan a course of action, beginning with what can be done right now, and what to do in contingencies. Every step in the plan should be lead towards the stated goal. Discourage the client from any action that is not essential to solving the identified problem. All related issues can be dealt with later.

7. Commit to the action. A schedule is helpful here, and a clear set of next steps to carry out. Follow up to ensure that these are done, and discuss the pitfalls of procrastination. 

8. Evaluate the strategy to see if it is achieving the desired results or a reasonable and acceptable alternative. Encourage people to evaluate their progress according to perceivable results and outcomes, even if these are felt results, like “I felt much more confident this time. Tomorrow, I will remind him of our conversation and make an appointment to discuss a new position”.



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