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Children’s Mental Health Certificate

About the Certificate

In this program, you will identify common childhood mental health disorders, review supports for children and their families dealing with mental health issues, and examine social and institutional systems. Raising the awareness of both the short-term and long-term implications of mental health issues in children make this program both timely and relevant.

The Children’s Mental Health program is offered in collaboration with Mount Royal University.

Required Courses:

  • XCMH 10001 – Framework for Healthy Development
    • Develop a framework for working with children, youth and families based on the ecological model and strength-based practice. Explore early and adolescent brain development and the factors which impact healthy development of the brain.
  • XCMH 10002 – The Child’s Social and Environmental Conditions
    • Examine factors that may impact children’s mental health, including neurological, genetic and developmental issues, various types of abuse, poverty, homelessness and neglect, as well as environmental causes.
  • XCMH 10003 – Child and Youth Resiliency
    • Explore the concept of resiliency and why it is so important in working with children. Examine risk and protective factors. Discover how the practitioner can build resiliency in children, families and communities to build children’s positive mental health.
  • XCMH 10004 – Mental Health I: Disorders Diagnosed in the Early Years
    • Take a closer look at children experiencing Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders. Review practices for practitioners and special issues.
  • XCMH 10005 – Mental Health II: Psychosis, Mood, Anxiety and Increased Risk
    • While psychotic disorders in children are rare, understanding them is important to be able to discern when further inquiry and support are necessary. Explore psychotic disorders, including childhood-onset schizophrenia, and mood and anxiety disorders. Examine the issue of suicide and self harming behaviours.
  • XCMH 10006 – Mental Health III: Physiological Needs and Theories for Intervention
    • Examine key factors relating to sleep disorders, substance use, and eating disorders. Examine Motivational Interviewing and the Transtheoretical Model of Change as the common interventions when working with children and their families experiencing these conditions. Know when referrals to professionals in the community are required.
  • XCMH 10007 – Systems in Criminal Justice and Child Protective Services
    • Explore children’s mental health from the perspective of larger legislation systems – the youth criminal justice and child and family protective systems. The primary focus is on examining the different practices and system policies.
  • XCMH 10008 – Systems in Mental Health and Education
    • Examine children’s mental health from the perspective of larger systems – the mental health and education systems and their associated best practices. The primary focus is on exploring the different types and levels of services as well as the practitioner’s role in building capacity in families.
  • XCMH 10009 – Systems Collaboration
    • Be introduced to systems collaboration and successful collaborative relationships. Explore collaborative planning and integration of services for the benefit of children and youth with complex needs and their families. Consider interagency communications to facilitate sharing information while providing integrated services.

Program Hours: 135

Course Schedule

Subject CodeCourse Reference NumberStart DateEnd DateCourse HoursCourse Fee
(Plus GST)
XCMH 100019036619 Sep 202214 Oct 202215 hours$359.00
XCMH 10002Not offered this term
XCMH 100039036717 Oct 2022
10 Nov 202215 hours$359.00
XCMH 100049058614 Nov 20229 Sep 202215 hours$359.00 
XCMH 10005Not offered this term
XCMH 10006Not offered this term
XCMH 10007Not offered this term
XCMH 10008Not offered this term
XCMH 10009Not offered this term

Register today!

Step 1: Select the Course Reference Number above.
Step 2: You will be directed to a page to register as a student with CUE’s Office of Extension & Culture.
Step 3: Upon submission, you will then register with Mount Royal University and proceed to booking your courses.

Questions? Email us at extension@concordia.ab.ca