Children's Mental Health Extension Certificate
Be proactive in learning about children’s mental health issues in this comprehensive program. In this program, you will identify common childhood mental health disorders, review supports for children and their families dealing with mental health issues, and examine social and institutional systems. Raising the awareness of both the short-term and long-term implications of mental health issues in children make this program both timely and relevant.
"The Children’s Mental Health Extension Certificate is an excellent option for students hoping to gain a better understanding of this very serious issue impacting children and families. It explores children’s mental health not only in relation to the individual, but also on a systems and community level. I think this is really important in order to understand the larger context, and one of the reasons I believe this is a very good program."
- Ben Gallivan, MA, R. Psych. (MRU Instructor, Children's Mental Health program)
- Expand your understanding of the complex factors that affect children’s mental health including theories of risk factors and causes as well as legal and ethical issues
- Explore children’s mental health issues within the larger context of family, community, and mental health and educational systems
- Enhance your skills and knowledge as a health and human service professional or K - 12 educational professional
- This program is eligible for transfer credit. For more information, contact Community and Health at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-440-6867. More information.
- Complete the 9 required courses (135 hours)
- Can be completed within 1 year up to a maximum of 3 years
- 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 Courses||Fall |
|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||•|
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.
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|
|CRN 30883||Online||Feb. 5 - March 2|
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||Not offered this semester.|
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 30177||Online||Jan. 8 - Feb. 2|
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||Not offered this semester|
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 30884||Online||March 5 - 29|
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 30370||Online||April 3 - 27|
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|
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||Not offered this semester|
Ben Gallivan, MA, R. Psych.
Emma Climie, PhD, R. Psych
Ellen Murray, BA, BEd, MEd, PhD
Michael Watts, MSW, RSW
Lana Bentley, MSW, RSW
Lana Bentley has been teaching with Mount Royal University since 2009. She has worked in various community and hospital based settings. Her recent work includes working as the Clinical Supervisor at the Calgary Eating Disorders Program. Subsequent to that she managed an inpatient psychiatric unit and psychiatric emergency department for children and adolescents. She currently works in a leadership position in a local women's serving organization. Lana's clinical interests include: eating disorders; personality disorders, group intervention, and family intervention.
For information about this program:
403.440.6867 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6
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