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Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate

Study Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

More and more children and adolescents seem to be experiencing difficulties with their mental health. This 600 hour course focuses on the mental health of children and teenagers.

Students are to study six modules from - Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Child Psychology, Counselling Children, Developmental Learning and Behavioural Conditions in Children, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Educational Psychology.

This course is a must for anyone working or wanting to work with children and teenagers with mental health difficulties. Or parents wanting to understand more about their own child.


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Learn about mental health difficulties in teenagers and children with this online course.

  • Learn about mental health and normal childhood development.
  • Study developmental disorders.
  • Learn about stages of learning, different theories and motivations.

Recognising the signs and symptoms of mental health issues in a child and adolescent is important. The earlier the symptoms are caught, the easier it is to help and support the child. This course provides you with an in depth insight into child and adolescent mental health.

Course Duration:
600 hours.

Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.

Lessons: Students are to study six Modules from the selection shown below.

Students are to select six of the following Modules to study. Please follow the links in the module titles to access the specific web pages on each.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health BPS214
This 10 lesson module aims to provide students with the knowledge to identify mental health conditions in children and adolescents.  Students are guided through a wide range of conditions and disorders, including depression, anxiety, motor disorders, elimination disorders, reactive attachment disorder, the impact of environmental problems, eating disorders, and substance abuse.  As well as understanding types of treatment and support available, the module also considers alternative approaches to treatment, such as homeopathy, aromatherapy, behavioural optometry, and diet.  The module is completed with a special project in an area of interest to the student and which they will complete under the expert guidance of their tutor.

Child Psychology BPS104
This 12 lesson module is concerned with the developmental stages of children from newborn and infants through school age years.  The module considers all of the significant areas such as senses, emotions, socialism, cognitive development, learning, and language.  Notable psychological research and theories are explored within the module providing students with a balanced approach to ideas and concepts.  The module also includes sections which look at influences both within the family structure and externally, such as influences from school and peers.

Counselling Children BPS218
In order to counsel children effectively a therapist needs to understand the types of problems that can affect children and how they might have evolved. This 9 lesson module looks at the types and causes of problems experienced by children. Students will learn about how to assess different problems and the approaches to adopt in counselling. The module includes a Problem Based Learning Project to enable the student to apply their knowledge in a particular situation where they can explore routes to determining problems and engage appropriate counselling techniques to help resolve these.

Developmental Learning and Behavioural Conditions in Children BPS215
Through 9 lessons, learn about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of learning and behavioural conditions exhibited by children and adolescents.  The module looks at genetic, physical, and environmental causes of disorders, with lessons including developmental disorders, specific conditions such as Autism and Asperger’s Disorder, ADHD, learning disorders, and motor skills disorders.  A special project concludes the module, where the student selects a particular area of interest and researches and explains the signs, symptoms, treatment and support for a particular condition or disorder.

Developmental Psychology BPS210
This 10 lesson module looks at the psychological development of individuals throughout their lives.  Different stages in an individual’s life bring about different influences and different challenges.  This module seeks to help the student to better understand how people develop, through all ages of life with lessons on each of the key life stages: Early childhood, Middle childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, Late Adulthood.  Students will look at cognitive, social, and moral development as relevant through each of these stages before then considering the potential challenges faced through each stage of a person’s life.  Having a heightened awareness of developmental psychology is a big advantage when dealing with people in any capacity. It helps you understand work colleagues, clients, friends and family members and is a very valuable tool for teachers, managers, counsellors and welfare workers amongst many other professions.

Abnormal Psychology BPS307
This is an 11 lesson module.  Students will study the signs and symptoms of different psychological conditions.  Disorders may be caused by environmental, physical, or genetic influences.  The module starts by looking at disorders that are usually diagnosed during infancy, which is then followed by a series of lessons which focus on the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis of different types of disorder.  The disorders covered in the module include cognitive disorders, substance-related disorders, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, sexual/gender disorders, eating and sleep disorders, control disorders, and personality disorders.  Students will be expected to describe and distinguish between different types of disorders and their work will include the diagnosis and development of treatment for specified disorders.

Educational Psychology BPS105
By understanding how people learn, you can become more effective in your approach to helping them to learn.  This 7 lesson module looks at the theories of development and learning.  Students will consider how people learn, how information is processed and how it is retained.  As student’s progress through the module, they will look at how to determine the needs of individuals, which coupled with their studies on how people learn will provide them with the necessary tools to be able to effectively tailor their methods for the benefit of the individual.  The right approach of course is important, and the module is concluded with a lesson on motivation which looks at different motivational theories and factors which may affect an individual’s motivation.


The adolescent years are difficult because they involve such a lot of change, both in the physiology of the body and also in the psychology of the individual. Everyone has stories to tell about teenage problems, and often they are accepted as being "normal", "expected" and then discarded and largely ignored.

The level of change that happens in adolescence does need to be managed delicately though, as the individual transitions from being largely dependent upon their parents to becoming largely responsible for themselves. When parents don't allow the child to evolve, they may rebel, and when they are cut loose from parental influence too fast they can become disoriented.

Teenager depression is always a risk. Adolescent depression is not just about bad moods and feeling low though. Depression can also have a serious impact on a teenager’s life. Because teens tend to have more freedom then younger children, there can also be the risk of additional drug use, alcohol use, self-harm, pregnancy, violence and even suicide.

The problem with teenager depression is that there is a stereotype that teenagers can  be moody and angry and tired all the time. They may act out and have bad moods, but depression is something again. It can cause them a great deal of despair and anger. 

Depression is found in teenagers more often than people usually think. This could be because more teenagers have depression or we are becoming more aware of the symptoms of depression and teenagers are seeking help.  It is thought that only one in five teenagers with depression will actually seek help, so often they have to rely on their parents or teachers or carers to recognise that they are depressed and need help.

Teenagers have the additional problem of puberty and their increase in independence. As well as their psychological changes, they will also be experiencing physical changes as they grow and develop. A quickly growing teenager may feel tired and worn out, which is obviously also a symptom of depression. The rapid changes that occur in the teenage years also make it harder to diagnose depression in teenagers.

A good rule of thumb as to whether a teenager is “being a teenager” or is actually depressed is to consider how severe they are.  We may look for issues such as –

  • Angry or irritable mood.
  • Extreme sensitivity to criticism.
  • Unexplained aches and pains.
  • Withdrawing from some people.

Because of how the teenager with depression feels, it can affect them in a variety of ways that differ from younger children. This is because younger children do not always have the same independence and freedom to act in some of these ways.  A depressed teen may experience –

  • Difficulties at school.
  • Thoughts of running away or actually running away.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Reckless behaviour, such as unsafe sex, reckless driving, alcohol abuse, drug abuse.
  • Violence - some teenagers who are depressed can become violent. This has been seen in high profile school massacres such as Newtown and Columbine.
  • Another issue is internet addiction. A child may go online and play games or become involved in social media as a way to escape their problems, but this may only increase their isolation and increase their depression.

Depression in teenagers is also often associated with other mental health conditions such as self harm, suicidal thoughts, and eating disorders.


You can start the course at any time. It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

Each of the modules is also available to study as a standalone course, should you prefer.


The Certificate In Child And Adolescent Mental Health requires around 600 hours of study. This is made up of six 100 hour modules. To pass the course –
  1. Pass all assignments on the six 100 hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
  2. Pass six examinations – one on each module. These are usually taken at the end of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.


  • Our courses are written and taught by experienced professionals, so you know you can expect a high quality of teaching and support.
  • You can start the course at any time and study at your own pace.
  • Fit your studies around your own busy lifestyle - we provide full tutor support for all the time that you are studying.
  • Study where you want to - the choice of online or eLearning studies offer the flexibility for you to determine where and when you study.



  • Would you like to work with children and adolescents who are suffering from mental health problems?
  • Do you already work with children and adolescents and would like to increase your knowledge?

Then this is the course for you. Study at your own pace and in your own time with support from our excellent tutors.

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Meet some of our academics

Tracey Jones (psychology)B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies) Tracey began studying psychology in 1990. She has a wide range of experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects. She has been a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work and has also written many textbooks, blogs, articles and ebooks on psychology, writing, sociology, child development and more. She has had also several short stories published.
Lyn Quirk M.Ed.,Dip.Med.,Dip.SportsOver 35 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.M.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy

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