UK College of Holistic Training

UKCHT logoHolistic distance learning certificate
and diploma courses

Complementary therapies, self-help,
coaching, management,
New Age and spiritual fields. 
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Diploma in Child Psychology

(Dip. Child Psych.)  

A distance learning course in developmental psychology

   College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
   Course accredited by Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy
    for professional development purposes                     

Total recommended period of study: approx. 2 to 4 months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.

Cost: 225.00  (225 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see www.xe.com )

A FREE textbook will be included for students from the UK.  Students outside the UK will need to buy the book from an on-line bookstore. In case of difficulty we can ship the book overseas for 50 including handling and air mail postage.

Method of study 

Textbook study.  Written assignments based on textbooks and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by email.

Course overview

This academic introduction to the field of child psychology gives accessible overviews and summaries of theories, methods and key concepts of this area of scientific psychology.  The science and information is related to practical situations involving how children develop, learn, think and socialize. 

Key topics covered include:

history and beliefs;

biological development;


emotional development;

cognitive development;

theories of Piaget and Vygotsky;

information-processing models;


adolescent development.


Entry criteria and suitability 

No particular qualifications are required for entry.  This course is for parents, qualified counsellors and helpers, teaching assistants, teachers, childminders, and anybody who looks after or works with children or adolescents.  It is an introductory or supplementary course and is not accredited by a government-recognised agency: therefore please be aware that you might need other specific training to qualify in the particular profession you are seeking to enter. However this course can act as a complement to other courses or refresher (especially if you have trained in the past and want to learn about some more recent thinking), and it might also increase your chances of finding a place on an approved child care or other course qualifying you to work with children. 



Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in Child Psychology awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning. Course graduates may use the postnominal designation Dip. Child Psych.

The course is accredited by The Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy (which is linked to UKCHT) for professional development purposes (see societies page for explanation).

If you have other relevant qualifications in counselling you may also be recommended to apply for the appropriate grade of membership of the National Counselling Society (UK).  The National Counselling Society http://www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org/  will consider a wide variety of qualifications towards entry levels of membership and will advise on further study towards becoming an Accredited Counsellor.

This diploma is accepted by Calamus International University (a non-UK, private distance university with private accreditation) for credit towards a degree.


Interested in child counselling?

See our other course: Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling Skills


Further information

Please see our FAQs page for general information.

We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at any time.

To apply for this course now, go to our Application page



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