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Certificate Program in Child/Adolescent Mental Health

This Certificate Program offers clinicians the opportunity to increase their diagnostic and treatment skills particular to the needs of children and adolescents. Designed for the advanced practitioner in a variety of settings, these workshops address developmental, environmental, cultural, and family issues that impact clinical interventions. Workshop topics include developmental theories, comprehensive assessment, differential diagnoses, legal and ethical issues, socio-cultural influences, psychopharmacology, and treatment modalities.

Certificates of completion will be offered after each workshop and a final certificate will be awarded when all requirements have been met. All workshops offered in this certificate program are designed as clinical workshops. Participants not seeking the certificate program are welcome to take individual workshops.

To receive the Certificate in Child/Adolescent Mental Health, a participant attends: 

9 Required Workshops
2 Elective Workshops
14 Days in Total

Required Workshops

Attachment Theory 
5 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Describe both pioneering and current principles of attachment theory
  • Discuss methods for assessing attachment between parent and child
  • Demonstrate strategies for facilitating parent-child attachment & trust

Normality or Pathology 
5 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Describe normal, age appropriate developmental milestones in children
  • Recognize behaviors beyond normal developmental limits that are mental health issues
  • Describe age-appropriate treatment approaches

Assessment & Differential Diagnosis of Children (2 days) 
10 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Explain the key factors in accurate assessment of childhood mental disorders
  • Describe the use of multiple data sources and standardized assessment tools
  • Identify and describe major diagnostic categories which affect children
  • Use the DSM IV in the process of diagnosing mental health problems in children

Principles of Differential Diagnoses in Adolescents (2 days) 
10 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Identify steps involved in the process of differential diagnoses of adolescents
  • Discuss sources of diagnostic confusion in evaluating and assessing adolescents
  • Identify and describe major diagnostic categories which affect adolescents
  • Use the DSM 5 in the process of diagnosing mental health problems in adolescents

Psychotherapeutic & Psychosocial Treatments for Child & Adolescent Disorders (2 days) 
10 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Describe the current treatment models for child and adolescent disorders.
  • Compare and contrast psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and behavioral approaches to treatment of child & adolescent disorders
  • Identify specific interventions for the most common child and adolescent disorders
  • Demonstrate techniques which address treatment difficulties or impasses

Psychopharmacology with Children and Adolescents 
5 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Describe the current treatment models for child and adolescent disorders.
  • Compare and contrast psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and behavioral approaches to treatment of child & adolescent disorders
  • Identify specific interventions for the most common child and adolescent disorders
  • Demonstrate techniques which address treatment difficulties or impasses

Legal and Ethical Issues in Child/Adolescent Mental Health 
5 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Describe the general rights of children and adolescents as they relate to applicable statutes and case law as well as to mental health treatment settings
  • Explore the ethical dilemmas concerning client confidentiality in the treatment of children and adolescents
  • Demonstrate strategies for resolving confidentiality issues

Dealing with Differences and Diversity in the Clinical Treatment of Children and Adolescents 
5 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Explore how differences such as race, culture, language, gender identity, and body image affect the psychological development of children and adolescents
  • Describe barriers clinicians face when dealing with differences and techniques to overcome these barriers
  • Demonstrate intervention strategies which address differences

Understanding and Treating Children and Adolescents in the Context of their Families 
5 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Describe how differences in temperament, developmental pressures, interactive styles, needs, interests, strengths, and vulnerabilities influence the parent-child relationship
  • Describe strategies to assess and elicit information to understand fully the "match" between parent and child

Two electives are required in addition to the required workshops. Some examples: 

  • Play Therapy Techniques You can Use Today
  • Addressing the Social Skill Needs of Individuals with Asperger’s, PDD & High-Functioning Autism
  • Understanding Child Development Through a Cultural Lens
  • Behavioral Interventions for School Refusal: Interventions for Family, School & Clinic

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