Child and adolescent mental health (MHCP 700)

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.


  • Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or proof of 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.


Choose one format of:






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 letter of successful course completion for individual or grouped CEHS courses is available, but please allow 3-5 business days after placing a request with the CE-HS Program Assistant. 


An official Douglas College transcript can be ordered via my Account.

Completion Timeframe

6 months (120 hours) from course start date

Registration and Course Start

To register, email with your registration request and 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.

Course CRN provided by dept upon fulfilling pre-requisites.

Calendar - Registration dates & deadlines.