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3 required courses (45 hours)


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Complete in 4 months, or up to 3 years

The study of children and youth mental health systems explores legal and ethical issues, stages of collaboration, and community resources, services, and supports available.

By completing these three online courses, you will gain the foundational knowledge to understand how the mental health system intersects with criminal justice legislation, child protection legislation, the education system, and community resources. You will examine various approaches to systems collaboration in support of children, youth, and families.

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). Teachers from all grade levels, counsellors, parents, social workers and more can benefit from the skills and knowledge in these courses.

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.


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

Continue your studies | Courses ladder into the Children’s Mental Health Extension Certificate


Looking for something more robust?

If you are looking for a more in-depth study of child and youth mental health, consider our Children’s Mental Health Extension Certificate which expands on concepts, theories, and supports available for children, youth, and their families.

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Course schedule by semester

(Sept. - Dec.)
(Jan. - April)
(May - Aug.)
Systems in Criminal Justice and Child Protective Services   ON (Apr.)  
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

Check the “Course and program information” tab for more information.

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



Additional Details


Minimum required

3 Course(s)

Complete three required courses to earn your certificate of completion.

Courses in this certificate can be taken in any order.

Funding opportunities

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

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403.440.6875 or 1.866.775.2673



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