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Parenting is rightfully considered to be one of the most important and valuable roles in life yet it is a role for which most of us receive no prior training and one that often finds us completely unprepared.

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 the child psychology, you can better understand children and even equip them to become well-adjusted and able to express their views. Our 6-month home study course in Parent/Child Psychology can help you find out about the nature and development of children. Our short-term course provides you with an opportunity to increase your knowledge that in turn can help you face the changing challenges of parenting. The course is relevant for both new and experienced parents and for anybody in teaching or day-care service of young children.

Learning Objectives

The purpose of this Diploma Course in Child Psychology is to reveal by examples and case studies, how the latest theories in Parent/Child Psychology may be applied to real world situations. This course is intended to help those who have children or those who work with children 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.


By the end of this course students will have a better understanding of how and why:
  • Parents 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 co-operative 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.


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.


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 Feature

The following are some of the vital features of our Diploma Program in Parent/Child Psychology:
  • The course is categorised into 6 units, which will be sent out to you monthly. The important point to note is that each unit comprises reading material, followed up by two written assignments that you must complete and return to your tutor.
  • The reading material is presented in 3 different sections, mainly:
    • Issue – This section will highlight the main theme of the unit. Besides this, it will address it at all age levels and include frequent problems and case studies.
    • Theory – This section will highlight the main theorist associated with the particular issue, together with other alternative views.
    • Self-development – This section will look at the same issue, but from the point of view of the adult.
  • The assignments are straightforward and relate directly to the reading material. They include short factual answers, personal responses/reactions to the reading material, self-development exercises, etc.
  • On average the course will generally require 3-4 hours reading/study per week.
  • The assignments will be graded by your tutor and returned to you.
  • You may return your assignment work to your tutor through any of the following options:
    • Monthly
    • The first three assignment units halfway through the course, (i.e. after month 3) or
    • All assignment work together at the end of the course
  • Specific dates will be supplied as you progress through the course.
  • This allows great flexibility on your part and lets you decide the method that best suits you and your way of study. Any way you decide to submit the assignments, they will be graded by your tutor and returned to you at our earliest possible convenience.
  • We also offer scope for flexibility of your progression through the course. Just in case you feel you do not have enough time at a particular point, like – you are going away, your work pressure is irresistible, then just let us know and we can delay sending out the next unit until you are in a position to continue.
  • Finally on successful completion of all 6 units the Diploma in Parent/Child Psychology will be awarded.

Sample Course Demo


Course Outline


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?


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


Gender & Sexuality
  • Gender similarities & differences, Development of the sex role
  • Gender stereotyping, Gender & the media
  • Sexuality in childhood, Changing sexual attitudes & behaviours
  • Socio-biology
  • Sons & daughters, Co-education/single sex schools
  • Defence mechanisms including: repression, suppression, denial, sublimation, projection, reaction-formation, displacement, identification, compensation
  • Sex & drugs & rock & roll


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


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


Family Relationships
  • Family structure, The family as a system
  • Divorce & separation, Step-parent/Step-child relationships
  • Sibling relationships, Birth order, Only children
  • The family life cycle – a 6-stage model
  • Family therapy
  • Caring for yourself as a parent, Exploring childhood as an adult

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