About the program
This online certificate is designed for busy professionals who are currently working with infant, child and adolescent populations with potential mental health challenges. Professionals who may benefit from this certificate include those currently working in the health care and/or community services with an interest in working with children. They will gain the relevant knowledge and skills to effectively work with infants, children or adolescents with complicated psychiatric disorders. The interactive, online courses in this program will focus on the developmental process, understanding psychiatric disorders and associated behaviours, risk factors and triggers, the identification of behaviours and symptoms, family relationships, and intervention and prevention strategies.
All courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older.
Note re: admission requirements
Related experience in the field of children's mental health may include positions in children's social work, educational support workers, Early Childhood Educators, Educational Assistants, Fitness & Health Promotion Professionals, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Physiotherapist Assistants, Personal Support Workers, Registered Practical Nurses, and Registered Nurses.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
- Submit a current resume and a letter of application outlining why you are applying to the program directly to the Conestoga Admissions Office.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
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- Explain cognitive and behavioural signs and symptoms and their continuous effect/influence on the behaviour and mental health of the infant, child, and adolescent.
- Develop and implement basic strategies to effectively manage the common symptoms of mental health conditions seen in infant, child and adolescent populations.
- Prepare a basic need's assessment of trauma, grief, loss and/or psychiatric disorder for an infant, child or youth in crisis.
- Identify the stages of growth and development as well as basic needs for infants, children and adolescents with an emphasis on the critical periods in personality development.
- Identify social role structure issues and their potential positive and negative influence on growth and development.
- Explain preventative measures that promote the mental health and well-being of children and youth in their communities.
Program related resources
The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.