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Learn to Understand Adolescents

Working with children is a career many people aspire to, but adolescents can be one group of young people that are overlooked. ACS Distance Education offers a course specifically looking at how to work with adolescents, and how they change and develop during that difficult period.
This course has ten lessons:
1. Introduction – Theories of human development – what is adolescence? Piaget’s theory of Cognitive Development, The stages of Piaget’s theories, moral development, Erikson’s psychosocial development theory.
2. Life Crises – Puberty, attachment theory, internalised and externalized problems, types of problems experienced by adolescents.
3. Physical Development – Puberty in females, puberty in males, hormones, physical activity, obesity.
4. Intellectual Development – Piaget’s formal operations stage, school problems.
5. Emotional Development – Freud’s theories, emotional problems, teenagers and grief, eating problems, depression, emotional problems, typical childhood responses to grief, supporting a grieving child.
6. Sexuality – Acquisition of gender identity and social role identity, vicarious learning and sexual identity, gender identity disorders, curiosity, sexual behaviour, sexuality, answering questions.
7. Social Development - Family influence, types of parenting, denigration of parents.
8. Moral Development – Piaget’s theory of moral development, Kohlberg’s theory of moral reasoning.
9. Delinquency and Crime – Juvenile delinquency, pathways to delinquency, gangs, crimes more likely in adolescence, behaviour problems, drugs, solvents and alcohol, child abuse, triggers of abuse, stranger abuse, how to deal with deviance.
10. Adolescents and the Transition to Adulthood – Erikson’s later stages – the transition to adulthood.


Other Child Psychology Courses

Want more? Or interested in other areas of child psychology? Why not also look at –
Child Psychology
With this course you can learn how children develop psychologically as they grow, and what factors (such as learning, parenting styles, reinforcement, and genetic makeup) influence their behaviour and thinking. Anyone who lives or works with children will gain valuable insights into child behaviour. Students of counselling or psychology will be better prepared to understand childhood influences on later adult behaviour.

Certificate in Applied Developmental Psychology
This 600 hour certificate is designed for people working with children or teenagers; or interested in a pursuing a career of working with youth. It gives you a greater insight into the development of children throughout their childhood and into adolescence. Also covering careers counselling, developmental psychology and more.

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