CERTIFICATE IN CHILD PSYCHOLOGY.

“IT IS EASIER TO BUILD STRONG CHILDREN THAN TO REPAIR BROKEN ADULTS.”

F.DOUGLAS

Children do not deal with situations in the same way adults do because they do not process information the same way. In fact, they do not have similar expressive or reasoning skills. Thus by understanding child psychology, you can better understand children and even equip them to become well-adjusted and able to express their views. The Certificate in Child Psychology can help you find out about the nature and development of children. Our 12-week online course provides you with an opportunity to increase your knowledge that in turn can help you face the challenges of child development.

The Certificate in Child psychology is designed for people working in the teaching or day-care service of young children. It is also relevant for parents.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The purpose of this Certificate in Child Psychology is to reveal by examples and case studies, how the latest theories in Child Psychology may be applied to real-world situations. This course is intended to help those who work with children or those who are parents learn to think in new and more conscious ways about the child-raising experience. Students will learn alternative ways to understand and relate to children and to themselves as parents or as adults who care for children.

KNOWLEDGE

By the end of this course students will have a better understanding of how and why:

  • People bring their own conflicts, anxieties, attitudes, and emotions into their experience of raising children.
  • Parents’ personal psychology and the social conditions surrounding them get entangled with each other to make successful parenting a Herculean task.
  • Nobody seems to be clear about whether we want strong-minded individuals or cooperative team players for our next generation.
  • Nobody seems to be clear about how to achieve either goal through gentle love or tough love, freedom or structure, rewards or punishments.
  • We are often not even aware of our vacillations between over-indulgence and self-involvement.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The purpose of this Certificate in Child Psychology is to reveal by examples and case studies, how the latest theories in Child Psychology may be applied to real-world situations. This course is intended to help those who work with children or those who are parents learn to think in new and more conscious ways about the child-raising experience. Students will learn alternative ways to understand and relate to children and to themselves as parents or as adults who care for children.

SKILLS

By the end of this course students will have developed the ability to:

  • Help build a child’s self-esteem.
  • Understand what tantrums are about and deal effectively with them.
  • Understand why a child may lie or boast.
  • Understand why children become aggressive and be able to effectively address instances of child aggression.
  • Understand how differences in gender/siblings / single parents / working parents / separated parents may have on a child’s development.
  • Understand what parents can do to protect their child against the increasing danger of drug use

UNDERSTANDING

By the end of this course students will have developed a deeper understanding of:

  • Attachment and Separation
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Sense of Self and Self-Esteem
  • Temperament and Personality
  • Discipline and Moral Development
  • Family Relationships

Course Content.

UNIT-I

Attachment & Separation

  • What is attachment? / Secure & insecure attachments
  • The parent’s bond / The infant’s bond / Failure of bonding
  • Effects of parental practices, Maternal employment
  • Separation anxiety – the dependent child
  • Transitional objects
  • Parents’ separation fears, who is losing whom?

UNIT-2

Sense of Self & Self-Esteem

  • The objective self, Infant’s self-understanding, Children’s self-concept
  • Self-esteem, Importance of self-esteem in the parents, Encouraging a positive self-image
  • The fragile self & how children protect it
  • Adolescence – the toddler in the teen, Identity formation
  • Erikson’s theory of development

Unit -3

Discipline & Moral Development

  • Definitions & components of discipline, Discipline or punishment? Self discipline
  • Smacking – the debate: the case for an against, Use the rod, lose the child
  • Specific problem behaviours: tantrums, lying, stealing, cheating, swearing
  • Jean Piaget’s developmental model, Lawrence Kohlberg’s theory
  • Moral education, Poisonous pedagogy

UNIT-4

Temperament & Personality

  • The role of temperament, Temperament & environment, Adult’s temperament
  • ‘Easy’ kids, ‘Difficult’ kids, ‘Quiet’ kids
  • Impact of the family – styles of parenting, Becoming an authoritative parent
  • Stress, Optimism, pessimism & resilience
  • Heredity – environment interaction