School Mental Health
This course will provide an overview of child mental health, setting the stage for a multi-module program. The course begins with a description of historical perspectives on childhood; the role of nature vs. nurture on child development; the etiology and trajectory of psycho-pathology and the child in the family and community. The course adopts a strength-based model with a focus on the capabilities and resilience of children. Finally, it covers the basic ethical principles in working with children and the professional opportunities the field of child mental health provides.
This program is intended for professionals from different disciplines related to child mental health. This includes physicians, psychologists, social workers, licensed mental health counselors and nurses.
By the end of this program, participants will be able to:
- Identify the child in the context of the family and society.
- Identify the basic pattern of child development and the factors that influence the development of psychopathology.
- Apply a strengths based approach to child development that does not focus on the assignment of pathological labels.