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Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Course name

Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Course description This distance-learning course is designed to prepare front-line workers to expand their knowledge and skills in the field of child and adolescent mental health. It examines the various components of child and adolescent mental disorders, and explores the variety of assessment, interviewing, and communication skills needed when working with children and adolescents with mental health issues.
Course number MHCP 700
Learning objectives Upon successful completion of the program, the learner will:
  • understand the major theories of human development
  • understand the various components of mental illness in children and adolescents
  • understand the basic use of the DSM-IV-TR for children and adolescents
  • have developed fundamental communication, interviewing and assessment concepts and skills
  • understand the basic theoretical components of child and adolescent mental disorders and other childhood and adolescent problems/issues
Tuition $1,347
Textbooks not included
  • English 12 (with grade of C or better) or LPI score “4” or equivalent (see Douglas College General Admission Requirements)
  • A copy of your certificate, citation, diploma or degree in one of the following fields: community mental health worker, teacher, therapist or counsellor, family support worker, therapeutic recreation worker, child care worker, health and/or social service worker, police officer or corrections officer
  • Current resumé highlighting education and experience
Course content
  • Child and adolescent development theories
  • Child and adolescent mental disorders, including schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, behaviour disorders, developmental disorders, learning disorders, FASD, attention-deficit disorders, eating disorders, elimination disorders, sleep disorders and substance abuse
  • Communication skills
  • Interviewing and assessment skills
  • Treatments, interventions and therapies for children and adolescents with mental disorders
Learning resources

Wicks-Nelson, R. & Israel, A.C. (2012). Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education.

Optional: American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-IV-TR (4th ed.). Arlington, VA: Author.

Journal articles and websites for each unit are listed as required readings to supplement the textbook readings. These materials are available to registered students through the Douglas College library.

Instruction method
  • Independent study
  • Tutoring
  • Email
Assignments and due dates Grade will be assessed on completion of:
  • two written assignments
  • two quizzes
  • participation
  • final exam
Grading Minimum grade to pass is 60 percent.
A Douglas College Continuing Education certificate is issued on successful completion.
Completion timeframe 6 months (120 hours) from registration date

Registration in this course is ongoing. Start anytime!

Download Registration form: CAMH Registrtion Form (pdf)

For more information, contact Program Assistant at 604-777-6527 or cehs@douglascollege.ca.