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Child Psychology Online Bundle, 2 Certificate Courses

Gain fundamental knowledge of the development of children

Get Child Psychology and Counselling Children and Adolescents in this Bundle

1. Child Psychology: Gain fundamental knowledge of the development of children

Child psychology is the study of the mental, social and emotional development of children from birth through to adolescence. It examines changes in motor skills, cognitive development, language acquisition, and identity formation.

This in-depth Child Psychology course will provide you with a fundamental knowledge of the development of children and will give you an integral insight into why children behave the way they do.

2. Counselling Children and Adolescents: Learn how to help individuals to find their own answers

Counsellors help individuals to find their own answers and make their own choices. They help clients to reduce confusion and gain a different perspective to cope with life’s challenges and make positive changes where necessary.

About Counselling Children & Adolescents

Counselling children and adolescents is often different from counselling adults, though the objective is the same. Methods used in counselling children and adolescents often depend on the clients’ age, development stage and individual challenges. Your role as the counsellor is to help the client, no matter the age, to make their own decisions rather than making decisions for them.

About Our Counselling Children & Adolescents Course

From the counselling relationship through child development, as well as the information you need to establish a successful practice, our online counselling course will prepare you with the knowledge needed to be an effective child and adolescent counsellor.

What Can I Do After Taking This Course?

With educational establishments looking to provide professional, in-house counselling for their students, there are ever increasing opportunities for counsellors who are able to relate to young people in an understanding and appropriate therapeutic environment.

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Child Psychology 2 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Certificate in Child Psychology Online Course

Major Developmental Issues

Unit One: The First Year of Life

  • Infant reflexes; Social development during the first year of life including the social smile and onset of fear of strangers.

Unit Two: The Formation of Attachments

  • Imprinting; Attachment (Bowlby) including cross-cultural studies; Harlow and surrogate mothers; Relevance of animal studies in child development.

Unit Three: Consequences of Breakdowns in Attachments

  • Maternal deprivation; Implications of theories of attachment and maternal deprivation when placing children with surrogates.

Unit Four: The Home, Family and School

  • Group vs family care and studies of effects of maternal employment and father absent families; Importance of peers and siblings.

Unit Five: Basic Principles of Research Methods

  • Nature and purpose of research, what is an experiment, supporting and refuting hypotheses, independent and dependent variables, control of variables, standardised instructions and procedures, methods of sampling, design of investigations.

Unit Six: The Development of Visual Perception

  • Introduction to the nature/nurture debate on visual perception; Fantz - form perception; Gibson and Walk - depth perception; how the physiology of the human visual system helps us judge depth and distance; Bower - size constancy; animal experiments on early sensory deprivation.

Unit Seven: The Development of Language and Communication

  • Development of non-verbal communication in humans, gestures etc; comparisons with non-human primates; outline of language development in humans; including naturalistic observational in humans; including naturalistic observational studies and criticisms of these; Innate and reinforcement theories.

Unit Eight: Intelligence and Intelligence Testing

  • Definitions of intelligence; mental age and IQ; Tests of intelligence; Advantages and disadvantages of IQ testing.

Unit Nine: Nature/Nurture Debate in the Study of Intelligence

  • Twins studies; stability of IQ; Are early experiences decisive for later development?

Unit Ten: Data Collection and Interpretation

  • Tables and histograms, correlation and scattergrams; Mean; Range; Drawing conclusions from data.

The Child as an Individual

Unit Eleven: How Children Think

  • Piaget's theory of cognitive development; including studies of egocentrism and criticisms of his work.

Unit Twelve: Learning Theory - How Behaviour is Acquired

  • Learning and conditioning - classical conditioning and operant conditioning; including explanations of extinction, discrimination and generalisation; positive and negative reinforcement; Social Learning Theory and criticisms.

Unit Thirteen: Freud's Psychodynamic Theory - An Alternative Approach

  • Personality structure, 5 stage theory, criticisms.

Unit Fourteen: Moral Development

  • Definition in psychological terms; investigation of moral behaviour, moral feelings and moral judgement.

Unit Fifteen: The Development of Gender Roles

  • Sex-typing; Gender identity; Biological, social and cultural theories.

Unit Sixteen: Aggression in Children

  • Biological basis of aggression; Psychological theory and aggression; Aggression as a learned response;
    Imitation of aggression; viewing violence; Punishment for aggression; sex differences in aggression.

Unit Seventeen: Methods Used in Child Development Research

  • Observational, Survey, Correlational, Experimental - advantages and disadvantages.

Unit Eighteen: Play

  • The importance of play to learning;
    Piaget's theory of play; forms of play;
    Relevance of psychological theories to pre-school education;Play and learning in nursery schools; Play therapy.

Unit Nineteen: Learning in School

  • Programmed learning and its relationship to learning theory - advantages and disadvantages; Discovery learning and its effectiveness.

Unit Twenty: Behaviour Modification

  • Explanation and examples; Relationship to learning theory; Points systems, Advantages and disadvantages

Course 2 - Certificate in Counselling Children and Adolescents Online Course

Definition of Counselling

  • Counselling
  • Introduction
  • Clarification
  • Thoughts
  • Feelings
  • Decision-making
  • Coping
  • Disturbing
  • Deal with feelings positively
  • Opportunity to explore living more resourcefully
  • Helps client find own answers
  • Take charge of their lives
  • Make necessary changes
  • Self-discovery
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Personal experience between two people
  • Commitment
  • Time
  • Effort
  • Conditioned response
  • Patter of behaviour
  • Result of external demands
  • Established by approval of presenting people
  • A block
  • Unrecognised action/course of behaviour
  • Prevents pursuit of desired action
  • Prevents recognition of clients feelings
  • Reflecting
  • Repetition to client of a thought or feeling he voiced
  • Client recognises true feelings
  • Indicates acceptance by counsellor
  • Supervisor
  • Counselling colleague
  • Assess and evaluate own work with a client
  • Resolves feelings and difficulties aroused
  • Active listening skills
  • 90% of session
  • Acquired skill
  • Hard work
  • Non-judgemental
  • Attentive
  • Caring
  • Patience
  • Concentration
  • Powers of recall
  • Content
  • Expression
  • Energy
  • Focus attention to verbal expressions
  • Confronting inconsistencies
  • Specific questioning
  • Concrete statements
  • Interest
  • Sharing
  • Prepares for empathic response
  • Gather information
  • Related to problem
  • Future goals
  • Clues
  • Emotional state
  • Spiritual functioning
  • Asses energy levels
  • Tone of voice
  • Low energy level
  • Flat monotonous tone
  • High energy level
  • Excited
  • Euphoric
  • Themes are heard and registered
  • Recurring themes surface
  • Listening with inner ear
  • Unspoken matters
  • Recurring patterns
  • Honest
  • Responding in a manner which reflects your feelings
  • Gracious
  • Congruent
  • Interviewing skills
  • Initial interview is critical
  • Extreme care
  • Establish bonds between client and counsellor
  • Create structure
  • Clarifying
  • Paraphrasing
  • Guiding
  • Use of all senses
  • Evaluate and lead the process
  • Maintain eye contact
  • Avoid distracting behaviour
  • Bouncing knees
  • Tapping fingers
  • Tasks
  • Empathy
  • Emotional state
  • Situation
  • Gather information
  • Create a mirror
  • Information on other supportive facilities
  • Motivational books
  • Ego surrogate
  • Information on adverse effects
  • Mind
  • Body
  • Positive thinking
  • Caring with confrontation
  • Provide hope

 The Counselling Relationship

  • Empathy
  • Malignancy
  • Over-dependency
  • Unresolved transference or sexual relationships
  • Frightened
  • Incompetent
  • Poor training
  • Professional distance
  • Acceptance facilitates change
  • Skilful reflective listening
  • Ambivalence is normal
  • Discrepancy between present behaviour and goals motivates change
  • Client should present arguments for change
  • Counterproductive
  • Defending breeds defensiveness
  • Resistance - a signal to change strategies
  • Labelling is unnecessary
  • Allow elaboration in response
  • Reflect back
  • Frequently and accurately
  • Non-mechanical manner
  • Supportive statements
  • Understanding appreciation
  • Link information
  • Reinforce
  • Help client hear self-motivational statements

 The Development Cycle

  • Maturity levels and growth patterns
  • Reading difficulties
  • Discuss
  • Bullying
  • ‘Double-periods’
  • Ready for the schoolroom
  • General intelligence
  • Adaptability
  • Well-rounded action system
  • Blood vessels
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Genitourinary organs
  • Sphincters
  • Mucous
  • Sweat glands
  • Ductless glands of internal secretion
  • Skin
  • Mucous membranes
  • Joint surfaces
  • Tendons
  • Highly specialised organs of sense
  • Muscular system
  • Memory
  • Speech
  • Imagery
  • Symbolism
  • Volition
  • Nerves and nerve tracts
  • Woven/Interwoven
  • Feltwork of branching fibres
  • Creating new patterns while it grows.
  • Ocular focus
  • Arm approach
  • Manual grasp
  • Finger grasp
  • Release

Parent, Child, Teacher Relationships

  • Language arts
  • Five year old is well balanced
  • Sciences
  • Personal-social participation
  • Considerateness
  • Humour
  • Philosophy of growth

 The Complexities of Growth

  • Organisms
  • Tensional behaviours
  • Temper tantrums
  • Intrinsic - self phase
  • Social - reference phase
  • Reciprocal self - and - social phase

Introduction – Psychological Development

  • Instinct
  • Two basic energies determine behaviour:
  • Drive
  • Biological need for
  • Concept of drive

Conflict and Stress

  • Conflict
  • Areas of abnormality
  • Deviation from statistical norms
  • Deviation from social norms
  • Maladaptive behaviour
  • Efficient perceptions of reality
  • Self-knowledge
  • Exercise voluntary control over behaviour
  • Self-esteem and acceptance
  • Ability to form affectionate relationships
  • Productivity

Behaviour Therapies

  • Systematic desensitisation
  • Self-regulation
  • Inhibitory personality
  • Placebo effect
  • ‘Hello-goodbye’ effect

Grief and Bereavement

  • Bereavement counselling
  • Facing conflicts
  • Stress-specific reactions
  • Typically normal
  • Chronic
  • Inhibited
  • Delayed
  • Non-specific and mixed reactions
  • Typically normal grief

Exploring Grief and Letting Go

  • Pang or Wave
  • Other symptoms
  • Symptoms of grief
  • Causes
  • Other experiences
  • Bereavement on the male client
  • Four phases:
  • Two additional ‘recovery phases’
  • The Person Centred Approach to counselling the male client involves:
  • Feelings
  • Result

Working With Children

  • Psychiatric research
  • Handling apprehension
  • Behavioural changes
  • Physical symptoms
  • Bereavement reactions
  • Rights of the bereaved

What is Co-dependency?

  • Co-dependents
  • ‘The Family of Origin’
  • Confining relationship


  • Two levels of acceptance
  • Intimacy
  • Four dimensions of intimacy:
  • Elements of recovery
  • Behavioural
  • Action
  • Cognitive
  • Reconstruction
  • Natural planes of existence
  • Dysfunctional families have combinations of:
  • Co-dependents and ‘Emotional Expression’
  • Cognitive reconstruction
  • Affirmations
  • Spiritual awareness

Using Newly-Found Skills

  • Inventory of positive aspects
  • The old and usual: Your client can choose to:
  • The new and fulfilling: Your client can choose to:
  • Communication
  • Privacy
  • Compromise
  • Rigidity – transformed to - Flexibility
  • Silence – transformed to - Expression
  • Denial – transformed to - Acceptance
  • Isolation – transformed to – Intimacy

Dysfunctional Families Explained

  • Dysfunction within the family unit
  • Stage 1
  • Stage 2
  • Stage 3
  • Stage 4
  • Stage 5
  • Stage 6
  • Stage 7
  • Every dysfunctional family follows the rules
  • Flexibility
  • Expression
  • Acceptance
  • Intimacy

Recovery – The Therapeutic Process

  • Resists attendance
  • Reason to be present
  • Initial interview without key-member
  • Compassionate observer self

Moving on – Emotional Intimacy

  • Four dimensions of intimacy
  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Spiritual
  • Verbalisation

Psychological Study of Education

  • Learning
  • Respondent behaviour
  • Direct response to a stimulus
  • Operant conditioning of autonomic responses
  • To control
  • Punishment


  • Encoding
  • Storage
  • Retrieval
  • Emotional factors in forgetting
  • Improving long-term memory
  • Successful retrieval
  • Organisation
  • Context

The Use of Language

  • Producing sentences
  • Understanding sentences
  • Knowledge children acquire
  • Operating principles
  • Principles
  • Language confusion
  • Sources
  • Solution
  • Memory
  • Environment
  • Detrimental aspects
  • Reading readiness
  • A child should have

Child Bullying and Child Abuse

  • Bullying

Setting Up a Practice

  • Setting up a practice
  • Assessing a business opportunity
  • Step 1: Critical success factors
  • Step 2: Checking Viability
  • Step 3: Financial Viability


Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:


  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)


  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

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