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: https://partners.zoom.us/j/84369283114

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
Course summary
Registration opens: 
01/17/2022
Course closes: 
12/31/2022
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Child and Adolescents Mental Health Assessment

January 17, 2022 – March 14, 2022

Definitions of Assessment and Diagnosis
Ellen Braaten, PhD

Infant Assessment
Ellen Braaten, PhD

Early Childhood Assessment
Ellen Braaten, PhD

Middle Childhood
Ellen Braaten, PhD

Intelligence and Assessing Intellectual Disabilities
Ellen Braaten, PhD

Assessing ADHD and Disruptive Behaviors
Ellen Braaten, PhD

Assessing Autism Spectrum
Ellen Braaten, PhD

Adolescents: Assessing Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Suicidality, and Trauma
Ellen Braaten, PhD

Ellen Braaten, PhD

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.
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