Course Description

Diploma in Child & Parenting Psychology – January 2021

City Colleges

Course: Diploma in Child & Parenting Psychology

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

Course fee: classroom-based €995 (or €1095 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €895 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments)


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).

College Name City Colleges
Course Category Health Care, Psychology Courses
Course Qualification Diploma
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 2
Course Start Date 28th September 2020
Course Fee 995
Course Duration 10 weeks
Course Times Evening and Online
Awarding Body Institute of Commercial Management
Title of Awarding Diploma in Child & Parenting Psychology
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Wicklow House, 84-88 South Great George’s Street, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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