You’ve taken your first step

Begin your Psychology and Counselling journey with The Career Academy. Watch this video and download your free info pack to find out more.

Enrol now and get ahead

Study Psychology with The Career Academy and receive an industry-recognised certification.

See what you'll be learning in the Certificate in Adolescent Psychological Development


This course will introduce you to the theories of child development in relation to adolescents. You’ll discuss adolescence within the context of current society, examine two fundamental theories of human development, and compare the two theories in relation to the development of adolescents.

This course will introduce you to life crises in relation to adolescent. You’ll understand what puberty entails socially and the physical effects it can have on the human body, the common problems adolescents can experience during puberty and the core principles of Bowlby’s Attachment theory and Ainsley’s Attachment theory.

This course will introduce you to the physical changes that occur in puberty. You’ll get a detailed look at the hormones responsible for puberty in both boys and girls, and the physical effects they have on the body, the effect certain factors can have on the onset of puberty.

This course will look at the intellectual changes that occur in adolescence. It will discuss elements of Piaget’s stage of Formal Operations and the relationship between behaviour changes in the adolescent and cognitive development, and introduce the Nine C’s of Decision Making when evaluating the decision process. It also looks into why bullying and school problems occur and how these issues can be dealt with.

This course will look at the emotional development that occurs during adolescence. It will discuss Freud’s five stages of development and define the various defence mechanisms, emotional problems in teenagers and how they affect the body physically and psychologically, and look at grief, and family.

This course will discuss sexuality during adolescence, including the difference between gender identity and sex role identity. It will look at the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of gender identity disorders, as well as key factors affecting sexually active teenagers. You’ll also be introduced to the challenges that can face LGBT teenagers, and how to help them.

This course provides an introduction to the social development that occurs in adolescence. You’ll understand the influence that parents and family have on the social development of an adolescent and how these relationships may change. You’ll also look at the influence peers have on social development, including group acceptance and popularity, shyness and loneliness, and discuss why adolescents date.

This course will take a deep dive into the theories of moral development in relation to teenagers, including the stages in Piaget’s and Kohlberg’s theories on moral development, the similarities, differences and effectiveness of the two main theories of moral development. You’ll also develop an understanding of factors that influence an adolescent’s moral development, and parental discipline techniques.

This course will introduce the changes that occur moving from adolescence to adulthood, discussing Erikson’s latter stages of development, the key terminology associated with the development into adulthood and the theories on vocational development and the influential factors on career choice. You’ll also have a chance to describe the transition into adulthood in your culture.

Why learners choose The Career Academy

Unlimited Tutor Support
Industry recognised & accredited courses
Online and available
everywhere, anytime
Start from just €25 a week
Rolling intake
start anytime

FAQs about this course

There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites to enrol into this course. You can enrol online directly by selecting your course and clicking on “Enrol Now” and follow the prompts. Alternatively, you can enrol over the phone with our friendly student advisors. Give them a call on 01 437 8559 or email them at

This course costs €399 or only €25 per week on a no deposit, interest free payment plan. Click here to get started now.

This course takes approximately 90 hours, and you’ll have up to 6 months to complete. Study in your own time, at your own pace. Most of The Career Academy courses are designed so that you do one module a week. But if life gets busy you can take longer and even apply for a course extension if you need more time.

Your course will be delivered through our online learning platform. You can access our online learning platform from any web browser 24/7 so you can work whenever and wherever you want. You can also interact with your tutors and other students within the learning environment. Online learning allows you to make the best use of your time and puts all the resources you need at your fingertips. There are no set course start dates, you can start whenever you are ready. Your tutors and student services will check in on your progress and help you every step of the way.

Watch this video to see how online learning works:

Absolutely! You’ve got a 14 day cooling off period (or trial period) at the start of your course. Take that time to look through all your learning material and get a feel for online learning. If you decide the course isn’t for you within the trial period, you’ll get a full money back guarantee.

Our students rate us
4.8 out of 5 stars on Trustpilot

Trustpilot is the platform we use to collect reviews from our students on their experience studying with The Career Academy

Get Started in 5 easy steps!

Need help? Got questions? We'd love to talk.