Mental Health Disorders in Infancy and Early Childhood
What you'll learn
- Define infant mental health
- Know the prevalence of mental health disorders in early childhood
- Understand how mental health disorders are assessed and diagnosed in early childhood
- Identify symptoms associated with common mental health disorders in childhood
- Understand the ACES study and how adverse childhood experiences negatively effect brain development
- Promote and support resilience in children
- With the exception of your computer or mobile device and a pen and paper for note taking, no other special materials are required for this course.
"Mental Health Disorders in Infancy & Early Childhood was an excellent course! The instructor was very engaging, and clearly is an expert on this subject. I learned many things I didn't previously know, and would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning more on this very important topic."
"The content of the the course is very informative and the grouping of lectures well done. The instructor is well prepared and the brevity of each lecture makes you want to go the next lecture. I think this course can be useful to most anyone; everyone has contact with a young child at some level: parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, babysitter"
Infant and early childhood mental health is a serious public health issue. Research illustrates the critical importance of early intervention in helping children to reach their potential and thrive. By developing your knowledge of this topic, you will be helping to spread awareness and understanding of the challenges facing our nation's youngest citizens.
Join over 300 other students who are benefitting from the material provided in this course. By taking this course, you will receive:
* Lifetime access to high quality updated content
* Over 17 BRAND NEW lectures added in January 2015!
* Knowledge about common mental health disorders in infancy and early childhood
* The ability to recognize common symptoms of mental health disorders in early childhood
* Information about appropriate evidence-based practices for early childhood
*Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) study statistics and the implications for health and well-being throughout the lifespan
*An overview of early brain development and the importance of early experiences
*Concrete tools for building resilience in children
This class consists of video lectures and supplemental PDF files. Quizzes are included to strengthen your learning and increase your retention of course materials.
This class is geared toward professionals or students working with young children. This class is also intended to be taken by parents with young children. However, the material in this course is suitable for and applies to everyone who has ever had or will ever have any contact with kids. In other words, everyone! Increased awareness of the mental health challenges facing our nation's children is the first step in reversing this dangerous trend.
Who this course is for:
- This course is intended for early childhood professionals, mental health professionals, parents, social workers, childcare providers, teachers, educators, administrators, and early intervention staff. It is appropriate for anyone who knows, lives with, works with or interacts with young children. In other words, this means everyone!
Mary Allison Jensen is a licensed clinical social worker and mental health therapist with over 15 years of experience working with diverse children and families in a wide range of settings, including Head Start, special education, community mental health, and public child welfare. She has a master's degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Washington, as well as two years of specialized, graduate-level training in infant mental health from the University of Washington's Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development. Mary Allison is a certified Child Mental Health Specialist.
Mary Allison believes strongly in the power of being a lifelong learner. To continue her professional growth and development, Mary Allison is a member of the Washington Association of Infant Mental Health, Postpartum Support International, and the International Association of Trauma Professionals.
Mary Allison is on a mission to redefine self-care - especially as it pertains to caregivers - and she would love to invite you to join her Free Sustainable Self-Care Challenge via her website, linked here.