Certificate in Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Do you have a passion for working and caring for children and adolescents? Would you like to understand the thoughts and behaviours of children so you can be a greater help to them? Do you want to be able to identify common mental health disorders seen in children and adolescents and know ways you can help treat them? Then this course is for you.

Course Hero 480x600childpsych2



Approximately 400 hours
to complete the course, which
has 4 key modules made up of
40 subjects.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to complete this course. However, you must be able to read, analyse and comprehend, printed information in English, and to write statements and solve problems to complete the course. You must also have reliable access to a computer and a reliable internet connection and have basic computer skills.


Upon completion of your course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.


Online, flexible learning at
your own pace.

Availability of Content

12 months to access the course content (extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis)

Approval & Recognition

Careerhouse is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises institutions who aspire to excellence in tertiary education.

This foundation introductory course is designed with the aim to help you understand childhood depression, anxiety and eating problems, and other common mental health disorders. You will discover how infants and children develop (socially, cognitively, sexually, morally), how they acquire language, and different types of learning. In addition, you will also learn about developmental disorders including pervasive developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (which now includes Asperger’s syndrome), as well as Rett’s disorder and childhood disintegrative disorder and the implications they can have later in life.

Course Outline

Students will undertake 4 Key Modules, made up of 40 subjects each.

Module 1: Child and Adolescent Mental Health (100 hours)

In this module, you will learn about mental health problems in childhood, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, tic disorders and problems associated with brain disease or injury, environmental factors, abuse and neglect. As an introductory module, it provides a solid foundation to the scope of common child and adolescent mental health disorders and how to identify them.

Module 2: Child Psychology (100 hours)

This module aims to deliver an introduction into child psychology, where you will discover how infants and children develop (socially, cognitively, sexually, morally), how they acquire language, and different types of learning. You will hone your critical thinking skills, learn how to make observations of behaviour seen in children, and ways to analyse information to encourage you to approach scenarios from a different perspective.

This module will cover a range of topics; from discovering how parenting styles can influence childhood behaviour, to what age you can expect children to start speaking, to learning how much of a child’s behaviour is due to genetics and understanding how children learn in different ways.

Module 3: Anger Management (100 hours)

This module is designed with the aim to help you understand the nature and scope of anger in children and techniques (including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), to help manage and provide support when required.

You will discover that anger management is not about removing all anger, but instead learn how to help children channel their anger into positive aspects and away from the negative aspects, so it can be productive rather than destructive.

Module 4: Developmental, Learning and Behavioural Disorders in Children and Adolescents (100 hours)

In this foundation introductory module, you will learn about developmental disorders, including pervasive developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (which now includes Asperger’s syndrome) as well as Rett’s disorder and childhood disintegrative disorder. The module aims to help you identify the different signs and symptoms, treatments and possible causes of each, the implications of a developmental disorder later in life and how important it is to respond to the signs and symptoms as early as possible.

You will also learn about behavioural disorders, such as different types of attention and hyperactivity disorders, along with conduct disorders like oppositional defiant disorder. The module also explores learning disorders, which are specific developmental disorders, such as reading disorder.

For the full subject list and course guide, fill out our Enquiry Form and our course advisors will be in touch.


Assessments are a critical step in the learning process. They help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving onto the next. They also help your tutor identify where any further support may be required, so that you get the most out of your course.

You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, interacting with tutors, undertaking research and watching videos. Each lesson will conclude with an assignment which is marked by your assigned tutor and returned to you with feedback, and if necessary, some recommended additional reading. Assessments may come in the form of – case studies, quizzes and written assessments.

Who will this course interest?

This course is a beginner level course and will lay a sound foundation of knowledge and skills in which can grow with experience and further study. Knowledge of child psychology is most relevant to careers in psychology, counselling and teaching. However, professionals in many other fields benefit from a deeper understanding of childhood development.

This course may be of interest to people working, or aspiring to work in or as:

› Youth Work
› Child and Adolescent Counselling
› School Counselling
› Teaching
› Child Psychology
› Youth Coaching
› Social Work
› Children’s Services

If you have a specific job in mind, it is important that you research exactly what is required before enrolling in a course. Different roles will require different skills, qualifications and recognition. If you are unsure, one of our course advisors will be able to help you with this.

Ready to learn for life?

Enrol in a new course today.

Enquire Now