Introduction to Child Psychology - ACCREDITED CERTIFICATE
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Introduction to Child Psychology - ACCREDITED CERTIFICATE

Learn about child behaviour, parenting styles, relationships and socialising, cognitive development, counselling & more!
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Created by Elmira Strange
Last updated 8/2020
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 6 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Have knowledge of parenting styles and how they affect child's development
  • Understanding of developmental theories and psychology of children
  • Have awareness of how children form relationships with others
  • Have knowledge about language, emotions, and cognitive development of children
  • Understand whether career path of 'child psychology' is for you!
  • Have an interest in Psychology!
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Are you interested in learning about child’s psychology and child’s behaviour? 

Is this 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 schooling from public schools Vs homeschooling affects the child’s development, 

  • how parental separation and divorce affects the child's mental health, 

  • what counselling therapy of young children involves, 

  • how newborn babies develop attachments to their parents and caregivers

  • how today's society and culture affects the child's learning and behaviour

  • and so much more! 

If you are ready to start learning, then enrol in this class!

P.S. This course is now fully accredited by the International Association of Therapists (IAOTH).

P.P.S. At the end of the course you will see the instructions on how to obtain your certificate of completion

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who is interested in learning about child behaviour
  • Anyone who wants to use child psychology in their work
  • Students of psychology, counselling, therapy, coaching
  • Professionals working in care or mental health environments
Course content
Expand all 20 lectures 02:06:33
+ Introduction
2 lectures 03:29

Here is a short video where the tutor is telling about her background, her career path, and why she is teaching on Udemy!

Preview 01:35

In this video your tutor is telling about the course that you are about to take, for example what lectures are included and how to get the best value from learning here.

About the course
+ Child Psychology - Applied
3 lectures 21:37

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. 

Preview 08:28

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 

The Role of Child Psychologist

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.

Where do Child Psychologists Work?
+ Child Psychology - Theoretical Approach
3 lectures 26:43

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! 

Why do we need to learn theories?

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’. 

Preview 09:23

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. 

Developmental Theories: How environment impacts us
+ Environmental & Socio-Cultural Factors in Development
3 lectures 21:15

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

'Attachment' factor in newborns

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!

Socio-Cultural Factors in Child's Development

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. 

Do Children Shape Their Own Development? (Self-Awareness)
+ Family & Schooling Factors in Development
4 lectures 33:57

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? 

The Role of Parenting in Child's Development

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? 

Relationship Breakdown in the Family

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. 

Schooling Environment

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. 

Counselling Young Children
+ Cognitive and Emotional Development
5 lectures 19:32

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

Language & Cognitive Development

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?

Emotions & Feelings

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.

Socialising with others

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Thank You and Good Bye!

'Child Psychology: Introduction' - Final TEST

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'Child Psychology: Introduction' - Final TEST
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