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9 required courses (135 hours)


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Complete in 1 year, or up to 3 years

The study of children’s mental health identifies common childhood mental health disorders, social and institutional supports, and short- and long-term implications.

Alberta Child Care Grant Funding Program Approved: Each of the courses are approved under the workshop category (Level 3 ECE only) for Professional Development funding at $369 and a maximum of 15 hours of Release Time for those working in licensed child care programs. Refer to the Alberta Child Care Grant Funding Program website to confirm if you are eligible.

Expand your understanding of the complex factors that affect children’s mental health. This in-depth program includes theories of risk factors and causes as well as legal and ethical issues. Experienced industry professionals share their real-world knowledge as you enhance your skills and knowledge as a health and human service professional, educational professional or those working with children and adolescents (up to age 17 years).

In our recently updated courses, you will identify common childhood mental-health disorders such as anxiety and depression, review supports for children and their families, and examine social and institutional systems. Exploring children’s mental health issues within the larger context of family, community, and mental health and educational systems provides you with a framework to provide support to children and adolescents. Teachers from all grade levels, counsellors, parents, social workers and more can benefit from the skills and knowledge in these courses.

Develop a framework for working with children, adolescents and families based on the ecological model and strength-based practice. Examine factors that may impact children's mental health, and explore the concept of resiliency and why it is so important in working with children. Examine key factors relating to sleep disorders, substance use and eating disorders and learn when referrals to professionals are appropriate.


Highlights and benefits

Earn a recognized credential | Enhance your career prospects

Enhance your life | Develop your personal and professional skills

Real-world knowledge | Learn from experienced industry professionals

Online delivery | Enjoy the flexibility of online learning and complete this program from anywhere


Not sure where to start?

Interested in learning more about child and youth mental health but not yet ready to complete the full Children's Mental Health Extension Certificate? Consider one of the Certificate of Completion programs:

Child and Youth Development

Child and Youth Mental Health Disorders

Child and Youth Mental Health Systems


Course schedule by semester

(Sept. - Dec.)
(Jan. - April)
(May - Aug.)
Framework for Healthy Development ON    
The Child's Social and Environmental Conditions ON    
Child and Youth Resiliency ON    
Mental Health I: Disorders Diagnosed in the Early Years   ON  
Mental Health II: Psychosis, Mood, Anxiety and Increased Risk   ON  
Mental Health III: Physiological Needs and Theories for Intervention   ON  
Systems in Criminal Justice and Child Protective Services   ON  
Systems in Mental Health and Education     ON
Systems Collaboration     ON



BL: Blended (Online & Classroom)
CL: Classroom
FT: Fast Track
ON: Online
IDS: Independent Study
P: Practicum

This schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester. Fall schedule and registration is available in June; Winter schedule and registration is available in November; and Spring/Summer schedule and registration is available in March.



Additional Details

Funding opportunities

This program qualifies for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant and other funding opportunities. Learn more.

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