Child and Adolescents Mental Health Assessment

This interactive course provides an orientation and overview of child and adolescent psychological assessment. These skills are useful for clinicians in all practice settings across mental health, primary care, social work, and psychology.

While estimates vary, roughly 8 to 10% of children are identified as having learning or developmental disabilities, and over 20% of children have a diagnosable mental illness that can impact learning and school functioning. Intervention for children experiencing such challenges supports a positive developmental trajectory, and a comprehensive assessment to better understand the etiology of the learning challenge and to inform the intervention choices is essential. This course, led by Dr. Ellen Braaten will help demystify the evaluation process. It will provide a review of best practices in the assessment of a variety of behaviors and conditions

An array of reading resources, videos and experiential approaches are used to enhance the learning experience. Virtual discussion follows each lecture during the same week. Each virtual discussion enhances the knowledge and skill acquisition with the exchange of cultural definitions, cultural assessment of family values, codes of conduct, rules and expectations to formulate intervention strategies.

Q&A with Faculty

Zoom link for all Q&A sessions:

Q&A Dates Faculty

January 26th

6:00 PM

Ellen Braaten, PhD

7:00 PM

Aude Henin, PhD   

February 2nd

6:00 PMEllen Braaten, PhD 
7:00 PMAude Henin, PhD  
February 9th6:00 PMEllen Braaten, PhD
7:00 PM

Aude Henin, PhD      

February 16th6:00 PMEllen Braaten, PhD
7:00 PMAude Henin, PhD  
February 23rd6:00 PMEllen Braaten, PhD
7:00 PMAude Henin, PhD  

March 2nd

6:00 PM

Ellen Braaten, PhD 
7:00 PMAude Henin, PhD  

March 9th

6:00 PMEllen Braaten, PhD 

7:00 PM

Aude Henin, PhD  

March 16th

5:00 PMEllen Braaten, PhD 

6:00 PM

Aude Henin, PhD  

Learning Objectives

After this module participants should be able to:

  • Identify the types of assessments (screening, focused assessment, diagnostic assessment, neuropsychological assessment) and when they are appropriate to screen children and identify those at high risk
  • Identify how psychologists formulate and test their hypotheses through the assessment process.
  • Demonstrate a working understanding of the various methods used to assess children.
  • Create a structured, systematic approach to interpreting and evaluating testing reports provided by other professionals
  • Apply neurocognitive findings to a biopsychosocial formulation
  • Use assessment findings from other professionals to develop appropriate interventions
  • Identify appropriate and useful resources and references
  • Use appropriate screening tools to assess the children at risk for developmental, learning, or emotional difficulties
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Child and Adolescents Mental Health Assessment

تقييم الصحة النفسية للأطفال والناشئة

January 17, 2022 – March 14, 2022

Ellen Braaten, PhD 


Definitions of Assessment and Diagnosis

مفاهيم التقييم والتشخيص

Infant Assessment

تقييم الرضع

Early Childhood Assessment

تقييم الطفولة المبكرة

Middle Childhood

مرحلة الطفولة المتوسطة

Intelligence and Assessing Intellectual Disabilities

الذكاء وتقييم الاعاقات العقلية

Assessing ADHD and Disruptive Behaviors

تقييم اضطراب تشتت الانتباه وفرط الحركة والسلوك المضطرب

Assessing Autism Spectrum

تقييم اضطراب طيف التوحد

Adolescents: Assessing Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Suicidality, and Trauma

تقييم اضطرابات القلق، اضطرابات المزاج، الانتحار والصدمات النفسية للناشئة

Ellen Braaten, PhD

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.
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