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Introduction to Child Psychology Certificate

Learn about child behaviour, parenting styles, relationships and socialising, cognitive development, counselling & more!
Elmira Strange
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Have knowledge of parenting styles
Understanding of developmental theories
An awareness of how children form relationships
Have knowledge about language, emotions, and cognitive development
Understanding of a career path for 'child psychologists'

Are you interested in learning about child’s psychology and child’s behaviour? 

Is your first step towards a professional career as a child psychologist or you would use this knowledge as a part of your current work? Or perhaps you want to build your own business or just use this knowledge to get to know your own children?

In this course you will take 19 informative lectures where you will find out many interesting aspects that you’ll be able to use in your own professional career.

Here you will learn:

  •  what are the 4 parenting styles and how to recognise them in others, 
  • how does schooling from public schools Vs homeschooling affects the child’s development, 
  • how does parental separation and divorce affect the child, 
  • how does counselling young children really happen, 
  • and so much more! 

 You will also understand what is attachment factor in newborn babies and how our society and culture affect the child’s learning and developemnt.  

Are you ready to start  with your professional path with this course on Introduction to Child Psychology?

Then what are you waiting for? Enrol now!!


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Child Psychology - Applied

What is 'Child Psychology'?

In the first lecture of the whole course you will be introduced to 'child psychology'. You will understand what it implies, and you will find out other similar terms that are used to describe 'child psychology'. Also, in this lecture you will learn about the differences between child psychologist and child counsellor. 

The Role of Child Psychologist

As we’ve been saying in our previous lecture, there are several sub-specialities within child psychology, and it is important to chose the area of speciality that you would be happy to work with. This can be based on the particular age group, a particular developmental problem, or a certain element of development and growth such as learning, memory, cognitive functioning, physical development, parent-child interaction and so on.

So in this lecture we will have a look at the aims and roles of the 'child psychology' occupation 

Where do Child Psychologists Work?

In this lecture we are continuing talking about the career of 'child psychologist'. Now you know what their role is, what differs them from 'child counsellors', and what your responsibilities might be. 

Now let's talk about where you would meet 'child psychologists' and what their role would be in different settings.

Child Psychology - Theoretical Approach

Why do we need to learn theories?

When you decide to study psychology you might feel very unprepared about the amount of theoretical information that you will have to go through during the course at college or university. It is all well and good to learn about what make people tick, why they behave differently when they are on their own and in group, why children don’t understand hidden meanings or when they learn human body language. But every one of the explanations that you will find during your study of psychology will be backed up by several theories, some old and some newer, that were based on research conducted by someone else at some point.

So let's discuss why we need theories when we only want to know about children and behaviour! 

Developmental Theories: What we are born with

From the previous lecture you know that theories are essential to the science of psychology, and in order to understand psychology and answer so many questions about human nature, we need to know well its theoretical background. For this we study the existing theories and their founders, and we come up with our own theories which we test through research. This is applicable to every area of psychology, whether it is a developmental, cognitive, abnormal or health psychology. 

The main thing to understand about theories within psychology is that they often try to answer this question: How much of a role ‘nature’ play in a certain phenomenon and how much of ‘nurture’ impacted on it. So this lecture is all about everlasting question of ‘Nature Vs Nurture’. 

Developmental Theories: How environment impacts us

So what role environment plays in human development and behaviour? Is our personalty shaped by our genes or by our environment? Or perhaps a bit of both?

In this lecture we are looking at the other side of the debate 'Nature Vs Nurture': our environment. We will also be discussing 'behaviourism' - an approach in theoretical psychology that explains that our environment shapes our development. 

Environmental & Socio-Cultural Factors in Development

'Attachment' factor in newborns

Did you notice how babies can be cute without even trying? Did you notice how cute they become when they are looking at their mum and even other people at times? Are they just naturally cute or is there something going on here?

Let's discuss how newborns form their first relationships with their primary caregivers and their reasons for doing so

Socio-Cultural Factors in Child's Development

So far we’ve been looking at the child’s development and the debate of 'Nature vs Nurture'. So we know that to some degree, our genes would affect our growth and development. But the development is also shaped by our environment. So what kind of environment and factors we can think of? Let's discuss it here!

Do Children Shape Their Own Development? (Self-Awareness)

From our previous lectures you know that there are many factors that can influence a child's development. You also know that parents can greatly affect child’s development (depending on their parenting style this could be 'beneficial' or not), but so do teachers, peers, and other people that come into contract with the child. Let's discuss whether the child can also shape their own development and when exactly he /she develops self-awareness. 

Family & Schooling Factors in Development

The Role of Parenting in Child's Development

We’ve been talking about child’s development for awhile and you might be having your own opinion about what is really significant here - their genes, the children’s own ability to learn and play, the cultural values and beliefs of people around them. So let’s have a look at the child’s development from another standpoint. How important is the role of parenting here? Does it matter whether the parents are strict or put some pressure on the child’s learning or growth? Would the child develop differently - quicker or slower in this case? 

Relationship Breakdown in the Family

So far we’ve looked at how parenting styles can affect the child’s behaviour and development. What we’ve discussed was typically applied to fully functioning families (with 2 parents present), as this is what often represented by the research. 

So how does the child’s development gets affected if the parents are going through separation or divorce for example? How does it affect the child’s behaviour and their relationships with others? 

Schooling Environment

As you can imagine, schooling environment is very important to the child’s learning, growth and development. Schools provide an opportunity to learn and grow and develop many valuable skills for the child. But is it always a good experience? When could we say that state- or public schools provide negative experience to the child? Also, let's discussing whether home-based learning is actually a good thing. 

Counselling Young Children

Do you think that young children can be counselled at all? Do you think wether this idea is worth even pondering? Well, in this lecture we will have a look at the methods of counselling for young children, such as dialoguing and play-based therapy. 

Cognitive and Emotional Development

Language & Cognitive Development

Our language and cognitive development is what makes us different from animals. Through language we are able to express ourselves, we can think and ponder, we can share ideas with each other, we can explain what we like and what we don’t like and why.

So lets discuss when and how the language and cognitive development take place, when children are able to speak and think, when their vocabulary significantly expands and much more

Emotions & Feelings

As we know, children develop fast and in many ways. It is sometimes surprising to observe and learn about it when we realise how complex this development really is! The child needs to learn how to speak and remember, socialise and relate to others, recognise own things and objects that don’t belong to them, and further to learn how to read and write, how to do complex tasks such as buttoning own coat and tying shoe laces.

Emotional development is another very important area to look at and we need to understand that emotions matter. Why?

Socialising with others

Throughout the course we’ve been discussing this subject of socialising many times, though indirectly. From this course you probably have a good idea of why children need to socialise. For example, in the previous lecture we’ve been talking about their emotional development and that letting children to participate in various interactions and social situations can help them to understand and manage their emotions and feelings as they grow. 

So let’s have a look at what else we need to know about child’s development and their socialising with others as they grow older.

Thank You and Good Bye!

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