This transformative online course empowers you as a parent, carer or educator to develop the skills to build the confidence and self-esteem of children while supporting them to reduce anxiety and manage stress levels. 

  • Designed and facilitated by educational psychologist and Founder of DESTY, Stephanie O’Malley, each lesson takes you through a range of simple yet powerful strategies that you can put into practice from the moment you embark on the course.
  • We've also included some very practical downloadable worksheets that can be used with children of any age.
  • Feel that you're too busy? Don't worry, we understand. That's why all of our courses are designed for busy people. Learn in your own time and at your own pace. And remember, Team DESTY are here to support you along the way.

Informative and Engaging

Carla Sherrington, Educator, Hampshire

I have thoroughly enjoyed my DESTY journey. I have found the course interesting, informative and engaging. I am looking forward to putting my new skills into practice.

The Importance of Boundaries

Dez Drudge, Carer, Hampshire

I work in residential care so many of the messages are true to that environment especially around areas of boundaries and agreements between care workers and young people. Pressing this message will help individuals with the developments of individual plans to meet individual needs.

How DESTY Helped Me & My Child

Anne Reilly, Parent, Irelan

"I recently completed the Education DESTY Course on self-confidence and it was utterly enlightening. Every word could have been written specifically about my beautiful little boy. It made so much sense and since then I have completely changed my approach to his behaviour. Understanding my son has been a gift and I now treat him with much more empathy and patience. I just wish everyone could see him the way I do after doing the DESTY Course."

Easy to Understand and Practical

Elizabeth Chewter, Carer, Hampshire

This would be a very useful course for people who are starting out in childcare and who are nervous/unsure where to start. It is easy to understand and sets out practical ways to start.

Shows We Can All Make a Difference

Pete Norton, Carer, Hampshire

Clear and concise, very informative and shows that we can all make a difference, starting with the smallest of changes.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • A Message from your Instructor

    • How to use this course

  • 2

    What is Self-Confidence?

    • Welcome

    • What is Self-Confidence (Part 1)

    • What is Self-Confidence (Part 2)

  • 3

    Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem

    • The Difference Between Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem

    • Children with High Self-Esteem

    • Children with Low Self-Esteem

    • A Practical Example

    • Developing Self-Esteem

  • 4

    Why is Self-Confidence Important?

    • Reduces Anxiety

    • Builds Resilience

    • Improves Social Skills

    • Develops Empathy

  • 5

    Barriers to Developing Self-Confidence

    • Lack of Interest and Involvement

    • Lack of Clear Boundaries

    • Unrealistic Expectations

    • Lack of Opportunities

    • Making Comparisons

    • Unhelpful Company

    • Lack of Love and Acceptance

  • 6

    How Can We Help?

    • 'When a Flower Doesn't Bloom...'

    • Setting Clear Boundaries

    • Getting the Conditions in Place

    • Empowering Children

    • Setting Realistic Expectations

    • Help to Build Resilience

    • Encourage Good Company

    • Become a Role-Model

  • 7

    Getting Practical

    • Introduction

    • Over to You

    • Reflecting On Your Experience

    • Working With a Child

    • Building Self-Confidence Worksheet

  • 8

    Final Steps

    • Final Thoughts

    • Free Resources for You

    • Course Feedback

Course Tutor


Stephanie O'Malley

Stephanie O’Malley BA(Psych); MA(EdPsych), founder and CEO of Education DESTY®, is a qualified Educational Psychologist with a Masters’ Degree in Educational Psychology from UCD and an Honors Degree in Psychology from NUI, Galway. For the almost 20 years Stephanie has supported children, families and professionals involved in healthcare and education systems.