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Child Psychology Training Module

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This module introduces the methods, theories and main concepts used by psychologists to develop a real insight into the world of children.

Child psychology is extremely important for a number of reasons, not the least of which is being able to understand and accurately predict a reasonable norm for child development. Proper discipline, teaching styles and communication styles are all based on understanding the psychology of childhood, which changes and develops over time.  Intervention on behalf of children who have been raised in difficult circumstances or faced traumatic events also hinges on understanding child psychology — children don’t cope with situations in the same way adults do because they do not process information the same way and do not have the same emotional or reasoning skills.

By studying child psychology, we can better understand children and equip them to become well-adjusted, more adaptable adults who are capable of living rich and varied lives.  We can help our children through crises and enrich their daily lives by interacting with them in ways that are appropriate to their developmental levels.  Is it any wonder that so many people choose to study child developmental psychology every year?

This course is for all those who want to find out what psychology can tell us about the nature and development of children. This study is intended for students of psychology , those training to work with children in a variety of professional roles, or anyone just interested in understanding how children develop.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Define what child psychology is.
  • Recognize early biological factors in child psychology.
  • Describe the major schools of child psychology.
  • Know Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development.
  • Know Vygotsky’s Theory of Sociocognitive Development.
  • Define Erikson’s Eight Stages of
  • Describe the processes of the development of language.
  • Define nurture.
  • Know the affect of family dynamics on child psychology.

Module Topics

Lesson 1: The Concept of Childhood

Lesson 2: Early Biological factors in Child Psychology

Lesson 3: Major Schools of Child Psychology

Lesson 4: Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development

Lesson 5: Vygotsky’s Theory of Sociocognitive Development

Lesson 6: Erikson’s Eight Stages of Development

Lesson 7: Development of Language

Lesson 8: Nature vs. Nurture

Lesson 9: Family Dynamics and Child Psychology

Lesson 10: Applied Child Psychology

Lesson 11: Psychological Testing and Children

Module Goals

Students will learn:

Ø The concept of Childhood

o  Definition of Child Psychology

o  Early history and childhood

o  The class difference in perceptions of childhood

o  The lengthening of childhood from the industrial age to present day

o  The beginnings of child psychology

Ø  Early Biological Factors in Child Psychology

o  Prenatal Development, including an outline of prenatal milestones

o  Nature vs. Nurture I:  How the mother’s lifestyle/environment affects the unborn

Ø  Major Schools of Child Psychology

o  Cognitive (Piaget)

o  Socio-Cognitive (Vygotsky)

o  Socio-Emotional (Erikson)

  • Moral Devleopment

o Introduction to Sigmund Freud theory

Ø Piaget’s

o  Sensory Motor Period

o  Preoperational Period

o  Concrete Operations

o  Formal Operations

Ø Vygotsky’s Theory In-Depth

o  Cultural mediation

o  Pyschology of play

o  Internalization

o  Metacognition

Ø Erikson’s Eight Stages of Development

o  Hope

o  Will

o  Purpose

o  Competence

o  Fidelity

o  Love

o  Care

o  Wisdom

Ø Development of Language

o  Responsive communication

o  Verbal communication

Ø Nature vs. Nurture

o  Genetics and child psychology

o  Social atmosphere and child psychology

o  Twin studies

Ø         Family dynamics and Child Psychology

o   Situational Child Psychology

o  Peer relationships

o  Sibling relationships and birth order

o  Effects of divorce

Ø Applied Child Psychology

o  Encouraging cognitive development

o  Developing self-esteem

o  Understanding red flags

Ø Psychological Testing and Children

o  When and why they are used

o  What types of tests are available?

  • What they mean (and what they don’t mean)

Module Materials

Course All reference materials are provided (presentations )

Module Requirements

This course will not require any previous educational experience. Anyone interested in learning about the psychology of children is welcome!

Grading Policy

Case studies discussion


Analysing the casestudies

Able to recognize the symptoms

Project Assignment



Child psychology is the study of the mental, social and emotional development of children from birth through to adolescence. It examines changes in motor skills, cognitive development, language acquisition, and identity formation.

This in-depth Child Psychology course will provide you with a fundamental knowledge of the development of children and will give you an integral insight into why children behave the way they do.


Module One Major Developmental Issues

Unit One: The First Year of Life

  • Infant reflexes; Social development during the first year of life including the social smile and onset of fear of strangers.

Unit Two: The Formation of Attachments

  • Imprinting; Attachment (Bowlby) including cross-cultural studies; Harlow and surrogate mothers; Relevance of animal studies in child development.

Unit Three: Consequences of Breakdowns in Attachments

  • Maternal deprivation; Implications of theories of attachment and maternal deprivation when placing children with surrogates.

Unit Four: The Home, Family, and School

  • Group vs family care and studies of the effects of maternal employment and father absent families; Importance of peers and siblings.

Unit Five: Basic Principles of Research Methods

  • Nature and purpose of research, what is an experiment, supporting and refuting hypotheses, independent and dependent variables, control of variables, standardized instructions and procedures, methods of sampling, a design of investigations.

Unit Six: The Development of Visual Perception

  • Introduction to the nature/nurture debate on visual perception; Fantz – form perception; Gibson and Walk – depth perception; how the physiology of the human visual system helps us judge depth and distance; Bower – size constancy; animal experiments on early sensory deprivation.

Unit Seven: The Development of Language and Communication

  • Development of non-verbal communication in humans, gestures etc; comparisons with non-human primates; outline of language development in humans; including naturalistic observational in humans; including naturalistic observational studies and criticisms of these; Innate and reinforcement theories.

Unit Eight: Neuro Developmental Disorders

  • Autism, ADHD, Learning disorders, Intellectual disability and communication disorders

Unit Nine: Intelligence and Intelligence Testing

  • Definitions of intelligence; mental age and IQ; Tests of intelligence; Advantages and disadvantages of IQ testing.

Unit Ten: The Nature/Nurture Debate in the Study of Intelligence

  • Twins studies; stability of IQ; Are early experiences decisive for later development?

Unit Eleven: Data Collection and Interpretation

  • Tables and histograms, correlation and scattergrams; Mean; Range; Drawing conclusions from data.

Module Two The Child as an Individual

Unit Eleven: How Children Think

  • Piaget’s theory of cognitive development; including studies of egocentrism and criticisms of his work.

Unit Twelve: Learning Theory – How Behaviour is Acquired

  • Learning and conditioning – classical conditioning and operant conditioning; including explanations of extinction, discrimination, and generalization; positive and negative reinforcement; Social Learning Theory and criticisms.

Unit Thirteen: Freud’s Psychodynamic Theory – An Alternative Approach

  • Personality structure, 5 stage theory, criticisms.

Unit Fourteen: Moral Development

  • The definition in psychological terms; investigation of moral behavior, moral feelings, and moral judgment.

Unit Fifteen: The Development of Gender Roles

  • Sex-typing; Gender identity; Biological, social and cultural theories.

Unit Sixteen: Aggression in Children

  • Biological basis of aggression; Psychological theory and aggression; Aggression as a learned response;
    Imitation of aggression; viewing violence; Punishment for aggression; sex differences in aggression.

Unit Seventeen: Methods Used in Child Development Research

  • Observational, Survey, Correlational, Experimental – advantages and disadvantages.

Unit Eighteen: Importance of Play

  • The importance of play to learning;
    Piaget’s theory of play; forms of play;
    The relevance of psychological theories to pre-school education; Play and learning in nursery schools; Play therapy.

Unit Nineteen: Learning in School

  • Programmed learning and its relationship to learning theory – advantages and disadvantages; Discovery learning and its effectiveness.

Unit Twenty: Behaviour Modification

  • Explanation and examples; Relationship to learning theory; Points systems, Advantages, and disadvantages.


BASIC  MODULE 1:           12OOO/- @75 hrs

ADVANCED  MODULE 2:  25000/- @160 hrs

If both combines the price:  37000/-

If both modules are selected can be discounted up to : 32000/-

Early bird discount:  28000/-

If individually selected:



Batch 1: weekdays  @11.00 am

Batch 2: weekends @5.00 pm

Weekends batch fees: 37000/-

Early bird discount: 35000/-

Aug 20212nd Aug
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, IST

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Date And Time

2021-08-02 @ 11:00 (IST) to
05:00 (IST)


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