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Child Psychology Level 6

Course Type: Part Time and Evening
Institute Name: Dorset College Dublin
Fee: 595.00
Duration: 11 Weeks
Time: 18.30 - 22.00 p.m (Thursday + 2 Saturdays)
Course Locations: North Dublin City

Course Details

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?

Learners will:
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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