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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.





  • Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or proof of equivalent as outlined in detail here:


    Students who register are understood to be confirming successful completion of this requirement. Proof of successful completion is not required on registration but may be requested by Douglas College.

  • 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




& Course Completion


Minimum grade to pass is C (60%).


Students who successfully complete a CEHS Certificate Program will receive a credential through the Graduation Office, in the form of a certificate.

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 Time-frame


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.


Course CRN provided by dept upon fulfilling pre-requisites.


Calendar Summer & Fall 2020

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