Guardianship and Custody in Relation to Minors

Program TitleGuardianship and Custody in Relation to Minors
Degree levelMaster
Field of training44.04.02 Psychological and Pedagogical Education
QualificationDevelopmental psychologist
Duration2 years
Mode of attendanceFull-time
Delivered byFaculty of Psychology of Education, Department of Developmental Psychology named after Professor L.F. Obukhova
Contact personVeronika Oslon 
+7 (495) 632-99-59
Program overview

The program equips you with the necessary education in the field of protection of children\’s rights, organization of guardianship and guardianship of children left without parental care (international and national law), psychological and pedagogical assistance to families and children of socially vulnerable categories, as well as values, attitudes and skills necessary for practice as a specialist in the protection of the rights of children and their families.  This is done, first of all, with the help of educational blocks devoted to theories and research in the field of protection of rights, strengthening their health and well-being, development and education of children and youth in need of State assistance, as well as appropriate prevention, assessment and intervention strategies. Secondly, throughout the program, you will have 9 hours of field-supervised classes per week to develop professional values, ethics, attitudes and skills to meet the various needs of children and youth in need of State protection through individual, group, systemic and community strategies. Thirdly, you are also provided with research training, including the submission of a dissertation.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the program, you will be able to:
– Translate relevant theoretical literature into practice using a wide range of systemic legal and therapeutic techniques. Demonstrate competence in analyzing the impact of your own socio-cultural background on your own learning and development. Demonstrate a commitment to social justice and a belief in the potential of all children and young people to learn and make progress and enhance your quality of life. Integrate relevant theories and research into your professional work with clients. Demonstrate competence in consultation with policy and program developers to adopt policies and programs for the prevention and overcoming of social orphanhood to the needs of children and youth in need of State protection.

Career and further study opportunities

You can work as a qualified specialist in guardianship and guardianship authorities, as a teacher-psychologist in organizations for orphans, social rehabilitation centers for minors, schools and other educational institutions, mental health, and public institutions after obtaining a master\’s degree in psychology in the field of age psychology, and then two years of practice under supervision. Graduates often work with children in need of state protection and their families, children, and young people with cumulative psychological traumas, including socio-emotional, behavioral and academic problems resulting from individual as well as contextual factors. The Master\’s degree in Psychology in Age Psychology also provides access to doctoral programs in psychology both locally and abroad.


Module 1. Research and Forecasting in Education
Module 2. Management in Education
Module 3. Design and Expertise of the Effectiveness of Programs in Education and the Social Sphere
Module 4. Legal and Psychological and Pedagogical Assistance to the Family (blood, substitute) as a Subject of Guardianship and Guardianship
Module 5. Legal, Psychological and Pedagogical Assistance and Rehabilitation of Children in Conditions of Institutional Education and after Graduation
Module 6. Activities of Guardianship and Guardianship Bodies, Organizations Exercising Separate Powers of Guardianship and Guardianship Bodies, to Ensure and Protect the Rights and Interests of Minors

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