84.00 Hours Required

Held in-class in Kitchener, the Child and Youth Mental Health certificate provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the complex and multi-faceted field of child and youth mental health. We will be exploring areas such as development, risk factors and early indicators, and treatment options through our selection of workshops. Participants will learn about some of the most common mental health issues affecting children and youth, such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, anxiety, depression and attachment. This program will also discuss the importance of fostering resiliency and well-being in children and youth. The unique needs of gender independent and trans children and Indigenous youth will be explored.

Throughout the program there will be an emphasis on a collaborative approach to children's mental health and how to work effectively with the support systems surrounding the youth, including schools, family and other professionals.

To complete the Child and Youth Mental Health Certificate, you must select a minimum of 84 workshop hours. You can complete this certificate in as little as one year or take up to seven years. Participants can only take one of Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Resilience or Mindful Self-Compassion. You do not have to be working toward the Child and Youth Mental Health Certificate to take any of these workshops.

The Child and Youth Mental Health certificate workshops are held in-person at our Kitchener location at 120 Duke Street West. From September 2020 until June 2021, all workshops are being live streamed through Zoom. Once the pandemic restrictions have been lifted, these workshops will once again be held in Kitchener.

For more information about this certificate contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234

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