84.00 Hours Required

The Child and Youth Mental Health certificate provides you 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 through our selection of workshops. You will learn about some of the most common mental health issues affecting children and youth, such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), anxiety, depression and trauma. Workshops are available on a variety of treatment options, such as CBT, expressive arts, mindfulness and play therapy. The unique needs of grieving youth and gender independent and trans children 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.

Completion Requirements

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.

Participation and Attendance

Full attendance and participation are required to complete these workshops. Participants are requested, as much as possible, to have their cameras on. We know there are situations where this is not possible, so please send a message to your instructor or the Professional Development host to let them know that you are unable to turn on your camera. Our workshops are interactive and include breakout rooms, role play, group discussions and other activities. Participation is required.

Delivery Options

The Child and Youth Mental Health certificate workshops are available remotely through Zoom.


No application required. Select a workshop then a section to view dates and cost, or to add the workshop to your cart. Complete your registration with payment. 

Contact Information

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

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 548-889-5128

See our website and Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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