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.
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
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|
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.