Certificate Course in Child Psychology – Saturday Batch

Course Title:Certificate Course in Child Psychology (CCP) – Saturday Batch
For whom (target group):This is an essential basic or foundation course for all mothers and mothers-to-be, fathers and fathers-to-be, montessori and primary school teachers, baby sitters and nannies, child care and child protection workers and staff, priests, medical and para-medical officers, social and community child care/health workers, and other professionals and enthusiasts including school leavers interested in gaining a broad and comprehensive understanding and insight of child psychology and child development.This course will also help you increase your effectiveness in understanding the complex and often dynamic and fascinating biological and psycho-social inter-personal dynamics of early childhood behaviour, problems and developments. It will also contribute to your own personal self-development as a parent, caregiver or teacher, by fostering the ability to better appreciate, evaluate and analyze, empathize, synthesize and communicate with and relate to infants and children more effectively and caringly. Successful completion of this foundation course will also act as a springboard for entry into higher academic or professional Diploma / Advanced or Higher Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree level courses of study in Child Psychology, Psychology, Social Work, Human Behaviour, Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Entry Requirements:Good G.C.E. A/L’s or O/L’s – minimum 5 passes including Maths and Sinhala Language
Course Duration:3 Months – part time study
Contact Hours:3 Hrs. per week
Total No. of Classes:12 class-contact sessions
Total No. of Contact Hrs:36 Hrs. of Lectures (class contact time)
Class Times:10.00 a.m to 1.00 p.m. (on Saturdays for the group class) Individual Class: Flexible (3 to 4 hours per week – on weekdays)
Course Modules (Syllabus Outline):
  1. Introduction to Psychology and Child Psychology
  2. Approaches to Child Development
  3. Growth / Development / Maturation
  4. Learning and Motivation: Learning Styles
  5. Intelligence / Perception / Socialisation
  6. Maternal Attachment, Separation and Deprivation
  7. Adjustment and Maladjustment
  8. Families and Child-Rearing Practices
  9. Successful and Unsuccessful Parenting Styles
  10. Informal Theories of Development
  11. Formal Psychological Theories of Childhood Development
  12. Physical, Cognitive and Social Development.
  13. Evolutionary Background of Child Development
  14. Pre-Natal Influences and Stages of Development
  15. Detrimental Pre-Natal Effects
  16. Genetic Diseases and birth defects
  17. Common Childhood Diseases
  18. Neo-Natal and Post-Natal Psychology
  19. Social Factors in Infant Development
  20. Milestones in Development & Developmental Themes
  21. Temperamental Differences in Children
  22. Parenting and Effectiveness in Meeting Children’s Needs
  23. Children Growing-Up
  24. Pre-School Developments
  25. Imitation, Aggression, Cooperation and Competition
  26. Discipline, Reward and Punishment
  27. Pre-Adolescence and Adolescence Transition
  28. Transition to Adulthood

Mode of Final Examination and Assessment

The IMH Certificate in Child Psychology (CCP) will carry a 2-hour MCQ and True / False based internally set unseen written paper to be answered on a closed book examination mode.

Progression Pathway(s)
  • Diploma in Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • Diploma in Educational Psychology
  • Diploma in Psychology & Counselling
Total Course Fees (Group Class):Total Course Fees (Group Class) : Rs. 38,000/- + Rs. 1,000/- for registration (Inclusive of an A/C class room and all course materials – Maximum of 14 students in a group). Please note that the total course fees of Rs. 39,000/- has to be paid in full by cash, card or by cheque drawn in favor of ‘Institute of Mental Health’.
Resource Person / LecturerMs. Ishani A. Aluwihare, A.A.(Psy,), ACMA(UK), MITBCCT(UK), CLC(SL), CRC(SL), Dip.CAP(SL), Dip.Psy.C(SL), Cert.(Abnormal Psy.)
Individual Fast-track Course Fees:Rs. 77,000/- + Rs. 1,000/- for registration. Please note that the total course fees could be paid in two equal installments of Rs. 39,000/-
Course Start Date (Group Class):Saturday 11th of January 2020 from 10.00 am to 1.00 p.m. Please enroll yourself for this course by paying the full course fee of Rs. 39,000/- on or before 31st of December 2019.

Individual Class: On a mutually agreeable date and time (to be decided jointly by the participant and the resource person).

Individual Course Start Date:Individual classes can be started at any mutually convenient day and time.