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Child and adolescent mental health (MHCP700)


Course Name


Child and 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.



Subject Code


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; and
  • understand the basic theoretical components of child and adolescent mental disorders and other childhood and adolescent problems/issues.







Textbooks not included in tuition fee. Contact the Douglas College Bookstore for prices and ordering information.





  • English 12 (with grade of C or better), or LPI score “4”, or equivalent
  • A copy of your certificate, citation, diploma or degree in one of the following fields:community mental health worker, teacher, therapist or counselor, family support worker, therapeutic recreation worker, child care worker, health and/or social service worker, police officer, or corrections officer.
  • Current resume 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


Hunt, S.C. (2012) Manual: Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Coquitlam, BC, Canada: Douglas College.

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.


Textbooks are available through the Douglas College Bookstore.



Instruction Method


  • Independent study
  • Tutoring
  • Email


Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.





Grade will be assessed on completion of:

  • two written assignments
  • two quizzes
  • participation
  • final exam





Minimum grade to pass is C (60%).


A Douglas College Continuing Education certificate is issued on successful completion.



Completion Timeframe


6 months (120 hours) from course start date



Registration and Course Start


Registration is easy; simply complete the CE-HS Registration Form and submit it to:, with proof of completion of the pre-requisite requirements.  You will then be prompted for payment to the CE Registration office, to finalize your registration.


Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.


Winter 2020

Start Date CRN
Deadline to Register
Jan 6, 2020 provided by dept Dec 20, 2019
Feb 3, 2020 provided by dept Jan 24, 2020
Mar 2, 2020 provided by dept Feb 21, 2020
Apr 6, 2020 provided by dept Mar 27, 2020

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