The Child Psychology course aims to provide the learner with an understanding of the factors that influence and impact on a child’s psychological development. It will provide an understanding of theories of developmental change and continuity in infancy, childhood and adolescence.
Learners will be provided with a comprehensive introduction to theories and theorists of child development psychology and will develop the skills and knowledge required to discuss and evaluate these theories.
How will the course benefit the Learner?
Develop an understanding of the key concepts and terminology related to Child Psychology.
Become aware of the significant transition in a child’s development and how this may affect the child’s sense of self.
Understand and identify key social, biological, cultural and historical perspectives and their affect on the child’s development of self.
Implement observation techniques in order to collect quality primary scientific data in an education or childcare setting and learn how to take comprehensive notes as part of primary research data collection.
Identify child developmental problems and respond to them with recommendations which are theoretically supported.
Identify and discuss the factors which impact on gender identity for children.
Become aware of one’s own personal learning styles both positive and negative and work towards continuous improvement.
Work as part of a group and assist others while recognising one’s attitudes, values and beliefs in relation to best practice.
Interest in child development theory and practices
Leaving Certificate standard or appropriate QQI Qualification or equivalent. Mature Applicants with relevant life and work experience. English Language Proficiency Test where deemed appropriate or an IELTS score of 5.0.
Principal Areas of Study
Unit 1 Psychological Background and Psychological Theory
The history of psychology
The fields of psychology
The role of the psychologist in each of the fields
Research methods used in psychology
Theoretical approaches to psychology
The psychodynamic, biological, cognitive, humanistic and behavioural approaches
The main features, characteristics, strengths and limitations of each of each approach
An understanding of ethical issues in psychology
Unit 2 Understanding Behaviour and Behavioural Interventions in Psychology
Psychological perspectives in understanding behaviour
Effectiveness of the main therapies and intervention of each psychological perspective
Apply the psychological perspectives to the understanding of maladaptive behaviours.
Identify specific therapeutic interventions e.g. group therapy, bereavement counselling, reminiscence therapy.
Behavioural interventions such as aversion therapy
The forms of behaviour management (stress management, positive and negative reinforcement)
Unit 3 Application of Psychological Theory to Work Practice
How psychological theories relate to practice in various work settings
Apply psychological perspectives to specific behaviours such as loss, violence and addiction
Reasons for challenging behaviours and coping mechanisms phobias and phobic behaviour
The characteristics of obsessive compulsive behaviour
The nature of attitudes and beliefs and their relationship to behaviour
Examine how work environments are affected by group influence, prejudice and stereotyping.
Positive and negative reinforcements used in work practices and their impact on behavior
QQI Child Psychology level 6 (Minor Award)
Awarded by: Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).
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