Advanced Certificate In Applied Developmental Psychology VPS003

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Learn about child and adolescent development. This Advanced Certificate is designed for people working with children or teenagers; or interested in a pursuing a career of working with youth. It is designed to provide a foundation for understanding the mind of a child and the way it changes and develops as they grow toward adolescence and eventually adulthood.

What is Developmental Psychology?

The study of human development focuses on behavioural and psychological development from conception through later life. Emphasis is on the processes and mechanisms underlying developmental change and stability and the contexts in which development takes place. Psychology is the scientific study of behavi…

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Learn about child and adolescent development. This Advanced Certificate is designed for people working with children or teenagers; or interested in a pursuing a career of working with youth. It is designed to provide a foundation for understanding the mind of a child and the way it changes and develops as they grow toward adolescence and eventually adulthood.

What is Developmental Psychology?

The study of human development focuses on behavioural and psychological development from conception through later life. Emphasis is on the processes and mechanisms underlying developmental change and stability and the contexts in which development takes place. Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. For example, psychology studies the brain, sensation and perception, motivation, intelligence, emotions, memory, psychological disorders, and much more. Developmental Psychology is a subfield of psychology. It\'s focus is on studying the changes that take place across our life span. Development is defined as changes in our physical structure, thought, and behaviour due to genetics or the environment. Development is life long and also can be a very personal thing.

Development incorporates change over time. We all change as we mature. Some of those changes are due to experience and others to our physiology. Developmental psychology is concerned with the patterns and processes of change throughout our lifetimes. A significant question in developmental psychology is the relation between innateness and environmental influence in regard to any particular aspect of development – put in more easy terms nature vs. nurture.

Modules

Core Modules:

These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Certificate In Applied Developmental Psychology.





Elective Modules:

In addition to the core modules, students study any 1 of the following 4 modules.






Note that each module in the Certificate In Applied Developmental Psychology is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Course Structure
It consists of 6 modules (click on each module for detailed information)

Introduction Psychology

There are seven lessons in this course, as follows:

1. The nature and scope of Psychology
2. Neurological basis of behaviour
3. Environmental effects on behaviour
4. Consciousness and perception
5. Personality
6. Psychological development
7. Needs, drives and motivation

Child Psychology

There are 12 lessons as follows:

1. Introduction to Child Psychology
2. The Newborn Infant
3. States and Senses of the Infant
4. Learning
5. Emotions and Socialisation
6. Cognitive Development
7. Language Development
8. Intelligence
9. Socialisation – Part A
10. Morality
11. Sexuality
12. Socialisation – Part B

Educational Psychology

Seven lessons as follows:

1. Introduction –Development & Learning Theory
2. Behavioural Learning
3. Information Processing
4. Memory Retention & Loss
5. Individual Needs
6. Constructivist Learning
7. Motivation

Developmental Psychology

The course is divided into ten lessons as follows:

1. Introduction - Theoretical approaches and key concepts
2. Early childhood – cognitive & social development in the first 6 years
3. Middle childhood – cognitive, moral & social development in the school years
4. Challenges of middle childhood
5. Adolescence – cognitive, moral and social development
6. Challenges of adolescence
7. Adulthood – cognitive and psychosocial development in early and middle adulthood
8. Challenges of adulthood
9. Late adulthood – cognitive and psychosocial changes in the elderly
10. Challenges of late adulthood

Career Counselling

The course contains ten lessons, as follows:

1. Introduction – Scope and Nature of Careers Counselling
2. Nature of Careers – What is a career, what makes it successful
3. Careers Advice Resources – Brochures, Publications, Web Sites
4. Services – Where can people get help (Social Services, Work Experience, Education)
5. Developing Counselling Skills
6. Conducting a Counselling Session
7. Counselling Students and School Leavers
8. Counselling Adults (inexperienced or facing career change)
9. Job Prospecting – How to find work…resumes, etc
10. Nurturing and Growing a career once it has started

Relationships and Communications Counselling


The course is divided into seven lessons as follows:

1. Communication in emerging relationships
2. Communication behaviour and needs
3. Communication and the environment
4. Communication patterns in relationships
5. Maintaining relationships
6. Relationship breakdown
7. Evaluation of communication techniques within relationships

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