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Certification in Child Psychology and Assessment

Certification in Child Psychological Assessment (endorsed by Malaysian Association of Psychotherapy (MAP) and Psychotherapy Chapter of Malaysia Society for Complementary Medicine leading towards practitioner membership and licensure of MAP

What is included in the Child Psychological Assessment:

  • Lecture
  • Tutorial
  • Group Clinical Supervision
  • Case Review and Assessment

Fees and Course Structure

Course Cost RM 4,800 (Students are required to buy various recommended text books)
Course Time 3 months
Prerequisite At least a Credit in SPM English or two years working experience at a related industry
Group Size Group limited to 8 participants maximum only to optimize group dynamics

Training Topics

Certification in Child Psychological Assessment

Children clinical symptoms covered include:

1. Anger Management

Anger is a repeated angry outburst that is out of proportion to the precipitating event. For those children anger, they might excessive yelling , swearing, crying, or use of verbally abusive language when efforts to meet desires are frustrated or limits are placed on behavior.

2. Anxiety

Anxiety means excessive anxiety, worry, or fear that markedly exceeds the level for the client’s stage of development. It also is a specific fear that has become generalized to cover a wide range and has reached the point where it significantly interferes with the child’s and the family’s daily life.

3. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is a short attention span which is difficulty sustaining attention on a consistent basis. Hyperactivity as evidenced by a high energy level, restlessness, difficulty sitting still, or loud or excessive talking.

4. Autism

Autism is pervasive lack of interest in or responsiveness to other people. It is significant delays in or total lack of spoken-language development and lack of spontaneity and emotional or social reciprocity

5. Conduct Disorder

Conduct disorder means persistent refusal to comply with rules or expectations in the home, school, or community. It also tends to have excessive fighting, intimidation of others, cruelty or violence toward people or animals, and destruction of property

6. Depression

Depression in child means sad or flat affect, moody irritability, eating and sleep disorder.

7. Divorce Reaction

Divorce symptoms in children include persistent fears and worries about being abandoned or separated from parents.

8. Enuresis/ Encopresis

Enuresis or encopresis means repeated pattern of voluntary or involuntary voiding of urine into bed or clothes during the day or at night after age 5, when continence is expected.

9. Grief/ Loss unresolved

Grief or loss unresolved means the child loss of contact with a parent figure due to the parent’s death, termination of parental rights or due to the parent’s incarceration.

10. Low self-esteem

Normally child with low self-esteem will verbalizes self-disparaging remarks, sees self as unattractive, worthless, and stupid, a loser, a burden, unimportant or take blame easily.

11. Peer/ Sibling Conflict

Peer or sibling conflict is frequent, overt, intense fighting (verbal and/or physical) with peers and/or siblings. It is also including bullying, defiance, revenge, taunting, and incessant teasing.

12. School Refusal

Child with school refusal always marked emotional distress and repeated complaints (e.g., crying, temper outbursts, pleading with parents not to go to school) when anticipating separation from home to attend school or after arrival at school.

Course Layout

We use the mastery system of education. Besides lecturing, this course provides clinical experience such as: research, case study, group clinical supervision, reflections, discussions & presentation. Assessment includes case study oral and written presentations, group participation, research paper and assignments.

The topics mentioned above are taught within 3 months. During this period, students will also be given clinical case assignments and presentations to do.

Our course is structured as 2 intensive workshop with 6 group clinical supervision & oral / written case presentation for the assessment. Fulfilling the attendance and passing the criteria given will lead to towards the licensed practitioner membership of Adult Psychotherapy, Geriatric Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Couple Therapy, Child Therapy, Art Therapy and/or Expressive Therapy Divisions of Malaysia Association of Psychotherapy.

Equipment & Venue

Below are the equipments used :

  • Chairs & table
  • Course book
  • Figurines
  • SandTray
  • Symbols
  • Cds and Music
  • White board
  • Notes/ books

Venue: International Psychology Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Teaching Faculty

The course will be facilitated by IPC team of psychologists and child therapists headed the course director.

Course Director

Dr. Edward ChanFAMPsy, FMCBTA

B.Sc.(Hons.)(Psy), MSc. (Learning)(Lancaster), D.Phil.(Psy)Cert (Master Trainer)

Cert (Sandplay Therapy), Grad. Cert (Expressive Therapy) CSAC(Hawaii, International Certification &Reciprocacy Consortium)(Reg. No. M906-98)

Principal Consultant Psychologist, Child Therapist & Certified Master Trainer.

Dr. Chan has a 15 years clinical experience as a psychologist, child and family therapist in Malaysia, Asia and Europe.

Dr. Edward Chan gained his degree in psychology from MiddlesexUniversity, UK., his Masters degree in Learning from the University of Lancaster, UK., and his Doctorate in Psychology from the Intercultural Open University , the Netherlands. Dr. Chan spent 3 years at the Dept. of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford and the Open University, UKto conduct the research for his doctorate work

Dr. Edward received further postgraduate training on numerous psychotherapy discipline from leading psychologists and psychotherapists in the world.

Dr. Chan was trained by Patrick Jansen Sandplay therapy & Symbol Work who pioneered Dona Kalff’s work on Sandplay Therapy in Australia based on her collaboration with Carl Jung and Emma Jung at the Jung Institute in Zurich. He also received training from Mark Pearson in Expressive Therapy for Children & Adolescent from the Institute of Expressive Therapy, Australia. Dr. Chan was trained by Professor Linda Homeyer, licensed play therapist and past president of the Play Therapy Association of USA in Play Therapy, Play Therapy Supervision and Filial Therapy. Dr Chan was also trained in clinical supervision in couple and family Therapy by Aldo Gurgone, licensed clinical Psychologist and Director of William Street Therapy centre, Australia.

Dr. Chan has also published widely, including in the academic proceedings in the various international and national conferences he has been invited to speak, including, Current Research & Practices on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Asia; the critically acclaimed parenting book,Are You Man Enough To Be a Father; couple psychology book, Love Is Never Enough, Pleasurable Commitment Rules; and Dancing with Crocodiles.

His professional views on children, couple and adult psychology is also regularly sought and featured in national newspaper (including the parenting, women and appointment sections of the New Straits Time, the Education Section of the Star, Oriental Daily and professional and popular journals including: Malaysian Medical Tribune, Junior Statesman, Today's Parents, Better Parents, Mama Moden, Malaysian Women Weekly, Females, Marie Claire, Nona, Jelita, Malaysian Business, CIMA, Health & Beauty. He is also a well-known radio and television personality on psychological, relationship and family issues.

Dr. Chan is a fellow of the Malaysian Association of Psychotherapy; a fellow of the Malaysian Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Association; a practitioner member of the division of Adult Psychotherapy; the division of Couple and Marital Therapy; and the division of Child Therapy of the Malaysian Association of Psychotherapy, and a practitioner member of the Malaysianof Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association.