Diploma in Child & Parenting Psychology



Course: Diploma in Child & Parenting Psychology

Start date:  Thursday, 27 September 2018

Duration: 10 weeks, one evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Course fee: classroom-based €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €845 (or €895 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.

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Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more courses  can do so at a fee of €895 per course.

This course 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.

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. Information available from St. Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin indicates the following troubling statistics:

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 disorder 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 a 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).


  • There are 10 lessons in this course:

    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 this changes when reach 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 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 it’s 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

  • A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded. Students must attend at least 8 of the 10 evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided.  Similarly, the 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.
    • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
    • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
    • Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
    • Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
    • Limited class size
    • Parking

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Please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40, 01 4160034  or email info@citycolleges.ie