Children's Mental Health

Children's Mental Health Extension Certificate


The content within the courses has been updated/refreshed to reflect DSM-5 terminology and current issues.

Be proactive in the promotion of children's mental health, provide support to children and families dealing with mental health problems, and explore strategies to promote children's mental health in the community.


  • Learn to provide appropriate supports for children with mental health issues
  • Enhance your skills and knowledge as a health and human service professional or K - 12 educational professional
  • Expand your understanding of the complex factors that affect children's mental health

Program Format

  • Complete the 9 required courses (135 hours)
  • Can be completed within 1 year up to a maximum of 3 years

Earn credit towards a degree/diploma
This program is eligible for transfer credit. For more information, contact Community and Health at or 403-440-6867. More information.

  • You must have skills in word processing to succeed in this program.
  • Please log in to your Blackboard course on the official course start date and refer to your Course Outline for assignment due dates.
  • The listed course hours indicate the estimated time to review the online learning units. Your actual time spent completing assignments may vary.
  • APA 6 formatting standards must be met when completing all assignments. APA Formatting
Required CoursesFall '16
Winter '17
Spring '17
Framework for Healthy Development  
The Child's Social and Environmental Conditions  
Child and Youth Resiliency • 
Mental Health I: Disorders Diagnosed in the Early Years  
Mental Health II: Psychosis, Mood, Anxiety and Increased Risk • 
Mental Health III: Physiological Needs and Theories for Intervention • 
Systems in Criminal Justice and Child Protective Services  
Systems in Mental Health and Education  
Systems Collaboration  • 
The above schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester.
Fall schedule and registration available second Monday in June. Winter schedule and registration available second Monday in November. Spring/Summer schedule and registration available second Monday in March.

Required Courses

Framework for Healthy Development
Develop a framework for working with children, youth and families based on the ecological model and strength-based practice. Explore early and adolescent brain development and the factors which impact healthy development of the brain.

Subject code: XCMH 10001 15 Hours. Fee: $309  Not offered this semester

The Child’s Social and Environmental Conditions
Examine factors that may impact children’s mental health, including neurological, genetic and developmental issues, various types of abuse, poverty, homelessness and neglect, as well as environmental causes.

Subject code: XCMH 10002 15 Hours. Fee: $309  Not offered this semester

Child and Youth Resiliency
Explore the concept of resiliency and why it is so important in working with children. Examine risk and protective factors. Discover how the practitioner can build resiliency in children, families and communities to build children’s positive mental health.

 Subject code: XCMH 10003  15 Hours. Fee: $309  
CRN 30649 Online Mar. 13-Apr. 7

Mental Health I: Disorders Diagnosed in the Early Years
Take a closer look at children experiencing Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders. Review practices for practitioners and special issues.

Subject code: XCMH 10004 15 Hours. Fee: $309  
CRN 30210
Online Feb. 13-Mar. 10

Mental Health II: Psychosis, Mood, Anxiety and Increased Risk
While psychotic disorders in children are rare, understanding them is important to be able to discern when further inquiry and support are necessary. Explore psychotic disorders, including childhood-onset schizophrenia, and mood and anxiety disorders. Examine the issue of suicide and self harming behaviours.

Subject code: XCMH 10005 15 Hours. Fee: $309  
CRN 30435
Online Apr. 10-May 6

Mental Health III: Physiological Needs and Theories for Intervention
Examine key factors relating to sleep disorders, substance use, and eating disorders. Examine Motivational Interviewing and the Transtheoretical Model of Change as the common interventions when working with children and their families experiencing these conditions. Know when referrals to professionals in the community are required.

Subject code: XCMH 10006 15 Hours. Fee: $309  
CRN 30874
Online Mar. 13-Apr. 7

Systems in Criminal Justice and Child Protective Services
Explore children’s mental health from the perspective of larger legislation systems – the youth criminal justice and child and family protective systems. The primary focus is on examining the different practices and system policies.

Subject code: XCMH 10007 15 Hours. Fee: $309  
CRN 30436
Online Apr. 10-May 6

Systems in Mental Health and Education
Examine children’s mental health from the perspective of larger systems – the mental health and education systems and their associated best practices. The primary focus is on exploring the different types and levels of services as well as the practitioner’s role in building capacity in families. 

Subject code: XCMH 10008 15 Hours. Fee: $309  Not offered this semester

Systems Collaboration
Be introduced to systems collaboration and successful collaborative relationships. Explore collaborative planning and integration of services for the benefit of children and youth with complex needs and their families. Consider interagency communications to facilitate sharing information while providing integrated services.

Subject code: XCMH 10009 15 Hours. Fee: $309  
CRN 30876
Online Jan. 16-Feb. 10


*Spring 2017 registration opens Mon., Mar. 13, 2017
*Fall 2017 registration opens Mon., Jun. 12, 2017

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Contact us

For information about this program:
403.440.6867 or 1.866.616.3606
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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