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Children's Mental Health (Certificate)

Durham College Certificate

Durham College Certificate

Program Description

Through this certificate, develop knowledge and skills to effectively work with infants, children or adolescents with complicated psychiatric disorders. Courses will focus on the developmental process, understanding psychiatric disorders and associated behaviours, risk factors and triggers, the identification of behaviours and symptoms, family relationships, and on intervention and prevention strategies.

This program may be of particular interest to health, social service and education professionals currently working with infant, child or adolescent populations.

Note that courses in this program can be taken as individual, standalone courses.

Certificate Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
    Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading
    Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older)

  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Identify abnormal psychological disorders, as well as their effect and influence on the behaviour and mental health of the infant, child and adolescent
  • Describe the impact of trauma and the history of trauma on the cognitive development of infants, children and adolescents in order to limit potential triggers within the therapeutic environment
  • Identify behaviours that are a result of triggers associated with common psychiatric disorders in the infant, child and adolescent population
  • Explain how family dynamics impact the behaviours of the infant, child and adolescent
  • Assess and respond to the strengths and needs of children and youth, including complex responses impacted by developmental, environmental, physical, emotional, social and mental health challenges in order to promote positive change

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Community health or social service organizations
  • Child care facilities
  • Health care organizations
  • Schools
  • Group homes

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.