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Children's Mental Health (Certificate)

Credential:
Durham College Certificate
Code:
CHMH

Durham College Certificate

Program Description

Through this certificate program, participants will 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.

Certificate Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) OR
  • Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading OR
  • 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.

Current 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.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Continuing Education office at coned@durhamcollege.ca 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 Continuing Education OSAP Eligibility webpage.