Certificate in Adolescent Psychology

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Understand teenage behaviour

Teenage years can be very difficult for all members of the family. Examine the life changes each adolescent must navigate on their journey to adulthood. Understand of the role transitions and crises faced by young people and become a more effective parent, teacher or youth worker. This course in Adolescent Psychology has been developed by highly qualified psychologists with many years working experience in adolescent psychology.

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Which course is right for you?

Key benefits

  • Complete online in your own time, at your own pace
  • Understand your teenager's feelings and behaviours
  • Build your confidence and skills when relating to adolescents

This course is designed for

Anyone working in schools, youth work, child and adolescent counselling, child psychology or other caring roles, parents of teenagers and those who deal with teenagers in their daily lives.

Receive a complimentary 12 month membership to The International Association for Counselling when you complete!

Course Summary

Investment:  $495 + GST or only $25 per week with our interest free payment plan.

Assessments: Includes case studies, quizzes and written assessments.

Delivery and support: Online with expert tutor support via email or phone.

Duration:  100 hours. Learn at your own pace, but ideally complete in 10 weeks.

Access Time: You will have access to this course for up to 6 months until you complete.

Course Level: 4


Tamara has always enjoyed helping people to achieve their goals. She has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Auckland, double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience; and she is planning on pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology.


Tara is originally from Ireland, but has been living in Australia and New Zealand for the last few years. She has a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Liverpool John Moore’s University school of Law. She specialised in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice, and volunteered with domestic violence charities back in Ireland.

What our students say

This course covers ten modules

★★★★★ "Loved it all. What way better to better my career with Career Academy!!" - Courtney Teahan

★★★★★ "I love the flexibility of the course, the accuracy and quick responds of the tutors!!" - Amina Negm

 ★★★★★"I feel the course is very well organised and very step by step to follow. I think it’s good as it is, but it would be wonderful if we could have video explanations. Met my criteria of what I was looking for. It was amazing, gained lots of confidence while doing this course." - 

 ★★★★★"I could do the course online from home, in my own time and at my own pace. I am very happy with the fact that when I have rung in to speak to anyone, my query is dealt with in super efficient time and everyone is friendly and helpful. Problems are dealt with reasonably efficient also.

★★★★★ "Thanks for helping me kick start my life again after years of procastination and not knowing where I wanted to head. You have allowed me to spread my wings in a safe and non-threatening way which will hopefully open doors for me in this change in direction in my career" - 


  • What is adolescence
  • Piaget's Theories of Development
  • Erikson's Psycho Social Stages

2.Life Crises

  • Puberty
  • Attachment Theory
  • Types of problems

3.Physical Development

  • What is puberty
  • Puberty in females
  • Puberty in males
  • Hormonal control of puberty
  • Factors affecting age of puberty
  • Obesity

4.Intellectual Development

  • Piaget's Formal Operations Stage
  • Cognitive development and behavioural changes
  • School problems
  • Information processing
  • Decision making
  • Brain development
  • Assessing intelligence

5.Emotional Development

  • Freud's Theories
  • Emotional problems (depression, eating)
  • Role of the family
  • Grief and teenagers
  • Typical childhood response to grief
  • Supporting a grieving child


  • Acquisition of gender identity
  • Sex role identity
  • Vicarious learning and sexual identity
  • Gender identity disorders
  • Curiosity
  • Homosexuality
  • Sexual behaviour
  • Nudity

7.Social Development

  • Family influence
  • Denigration of parents
  • Influence of peers
  • Popularity
  • Shyness
  • Dating

8. Moral Development

  • Piaget's Theory of Moral Development
  • Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Reasoning
  • Role of family in moral learning
  • Other factors affecting moral development

9.Delinquency and Crime

  • Pathways to delinquency
  • Gangs
  • Case studies
  • Behavioural problems (drugs etc)
  • Child abuse

10.Adolescents and the Transition to Adulthood

  • Transition to adulthood
  • Career development

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