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Raise happy, healthy, well-adjusted children

Diploma in Child and Parenting Psychology will help parents understand how to raise happy and healthy, well-adjusted children who are resistant to mental health difficulties. It is for parents, teachers and others interested in the development of children and adolescents.

Achieving You will learn how best to raise a child to have positive mental health, good social and emotional intelligence and how best to meet the needs of those children experiencing difficulties in these areas.

Course Overview

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Course Background

Mental health problems are the largest single source of ill health in our young people. International figures from the (WHO) World Health Organisation indicate that 1 in 5 (20%) of adolescents experience psychological problems and 1 in 10 (10%) will have a mental illness with some impairment, and 1 in 20 (3-5%) have a major psychiatric disorder.

Irish young people experience mental health disorders with no less frequency than their international cousins.

A study by Fitzpatrick, Lynch, Mills & Daly (2003) showed that up to 4.5 % of school-going adolescents in Ireland experience clinical depression. Fitzpatrick and her colleagues studied 12-15 year olds’ in Dublin finding that 15.6% had a mental health disorder (Depression 4.5%; Suicidal thoughts 1.9%; Anxiety Disorder 3.7%; ADHD 3.7%; CD/ODD 2.4%; Tics 1.1%; ED 0.2%).

About 5% of adolescents are suffering from major depression at any given time and 30% of adolescents also develop a substance abuse problem. 75 % of all mental illness begins before 25 years of age (Kendall & Kessler 2002), and research indicates that only 29% of those affected contact a professional service of any type (Sawyer et al, 2000). Given the poor prognosis for adolescents and adults with untreated psychiatric symptoms, these low rates of access and treatment are particularly concerning (Hickie et al 2001) (Weissman et al 1999).


Course Content

There are 10 lessons in Diploma in Child and Parenting Psychology:

1. Raising a healthy child– understanding the importance of:
Emotional communication
Child development
Normal developmental trends
Adolescent development
The role of the parent in discipline
Corrective discipline
Harsh parenting vs. permissive parenting-impact on children

2. Childhood Depression also how changes when reaching adolescence. Signs and symptoms and treatments.
Types of depression in childhood
Diagnosis of depression in children
Causes of childhood depression
Assessing risk of suicide
Parenting a child/teen with depression

3. Anxiety disorders – separation, generalised, etc. School phobias, social phobias, etc. Signs/symptoms/treatment
Scope and nature of anxiety disorders
Different types of anxiety disorders
Childhood anxiety disorders
Adolescent anxiety disorders
Other anxiety-related problems
Parenting a child/teen with anxiety problems

4. Tic disorders – Tourette’s, etc. Signs/symptoms/treatment
Introduction to tic disorders
Types of tics
Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (Tourette’s disorder)
Transient tic disorder
Chronic tic disorder
Tic disorder (nos)
Parenting and educating the child/teen with a tic disorder

5. Brain disorders (injury & disease) signs/symptoms/treatment
Differences to adults
Traumatic brain injury
Congenital malformations
Genetic disorders
Infectious diseases
Cerebrovascular disease
Environmental toxins

6. Other disorders – motor disorders, elimination disorders, feeding & eating disorders; (there is less literature on these but they could be broken down into more than one lesson if necessary) signs/symptoms/treatment
Elimination disorders
Feeding and eating disorders of childhood
Reactive attachment disorder
Selective mutism
Stereotypic movement disorder
Parenting issues in early childhood disorders

7. Environmental problems – abuse and neglect, relationship problems signs/symptoms/treatment
Child abuse and neglect
Factitious disorder by proxy
The effects of abuse
Attachment issues
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Parenting a child/teen with environmental disorders

8. Problems of adolescence – anorexia, bulimia, substance use, family conflict signs/symptoms/treatment
The adolescent brain and its development
Significant disorders of adolescence
Gender identity disorders
Parenting and disciplining your teen

9. Holistic and alternative approaches to treatment – this should be a general approach to dealing with children & adolescents i.e. Not directed at specific conditions
Drug treatments
Food and mental health
Alternative therapies – homeopathy, art therapy, music therapy, counselling/psychotherapy, craniosacral/biodynamic osteopathy, kinesiology, aromatherapy, sensory integration, behavioural optometry, hearing and mental health, movement therapies.
When and where to look at the literature
Responsible parenting in alternative treatment

10. Understanding your child’s social and emotional needs
The social brain
The importance of the visual brain
Trajectory of social development
The emotional brain
The importance of emotional development
Social/emotional cognition
Parental role in social/emotional development


Course Assessment

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding the Diploma.

The assignment/project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.


Why City Colleges

  • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
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  • Southside Dublin, Ireland location
  • Study rooms and library in our City Centre location in Dublin, Ireland
  • Limited class size
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