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Children's Mental Health Certificate (Online)

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This online certificate is designed for busy professionals and parents who are currently working with infant, child and adolescent populations with potential mental health challenges.

Professionals who may benefit from this certificate include:

  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Educational Assistants
  • Fitness & Health Promotion Professionals
  • Occupational Therapist Assistants
  • Physiotherapist Assistants
  • Personal Support Workers
  • Registered Practical Nurses
  • Registered Nurses

Courses may be taken individually.

Certificate Highlights

Gain the relevant knowledge and skills to effectively work with infants, children or adolescents with complicated psychiatric disorders.

These interactive online courses will focus on the developmental process, understanding psychiatric disorders and associated behaviors, risk factors and triggers, the identification of behaviors and symptoms, family relationships, and intervention and prevention strategies.

Courses can be taken in any order unless a prerequisite is indicated.

Some courses require additional textbooks and/or materials. Please visit your campus bookstore in-person or online: Peterborough Bookstore or Lindsay Bookstore.


Certificates must be completed within five years. Once you have completed all certificate requirements, please contact us again for your official certification.

Courses in Children's Mental Health Certificate (Online)

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Mandatory Courses

CMH:Psychiatric Disorders Common to the Infant, Child & Adolescent Population (HLTH279)

Review a variety of abnormal cognitive and behavioural disorders as they relate to complicated mental health disorders common to infant, child and adolescents. You will gain an understanding of the behaviours and the daily effects and challenges on the mental health of the infant, child, and adolescent population.

Instructor:
  • Lisa McConkey

CMH: Cognitive Development, Trauma and Loss - Children's Mental Health Focus (HLTH280)

Study the effects of trauma on cognitive development of infants, children and adolescents. You will also learn to identify those children with trauma histories in order to limit the potential triggers within the therapeutic environment. The theories of loss and grief, as these relate to the infant, child and adolescent population will be explored.

Instructor:
  • Annette Michalski

CMH:Risk Factors of Common Psychiatric Disorders in the Infant, Child, and Adolescent Population (HLTH283)

Learn to recognize the risk factors and triggers associated with common psychiatric disorders in the infant, child, and adolescent population. Early identification and awareness of the behaviours will help you to appropriately identify and assess the situation at hand.

Instructor:
  • Sharon Booker

CMH: Family Relationships and their Impact on Psychiatric Disorders (HLTH284)

Examine the interconnectedness of family relationships and their effect on common abnormal psychiatric disorders in infants, children and adolescents. We will review the developmental stages, familiar structures and family functions through the lens of family systems theory. You will also explore the environmental effects and their influences on the family as a dynamic entity.

Instructor:
  • Heidi Pharand-Joven

CMH: Prevention and Intervention Strategies (HLTH285)

Gain the skills required for prevention and intervention strategies to appropriately respond to stressful situations in the infant, child, and adolescent population. We will focus on the effective application of communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills in a variety of situations.

Instructor:
  • Klaske Rheubottom

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