Mental Health Disorders in Infancy and Early Childhood

From ADHD to Anxiety to the ACES study. Learn about common disorders in childhood and why early experiences matter!
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  • Lectures 35
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2014 English

Course Description

"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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • 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!

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction and How to Take This Course

This lecture provides an introduction to the instructor and to the importance of infant and early childhood mental health and social-emotional well-being.

1 page

Take a look at this lecture for some important tips on getting the most out of this course.


In this lecture, we will discuss the outline of the course and identify specific learning objectives. A glossary of important terms is also provided in the supplemental materials.


An important reminder about self-care and be mindful of your own needs!

10 questions

Use this quiz to preview the material that is coming up in the course and get an idea of where you should focus your learning.

Section 2: Mental Health Disorders in Infancy and Early Childhood

This lecture will provide a definition of infant and early childhood. Students will learn about the critical importance of early relationships to social-emotional development and mental health.


This lecture provides important statistics related to incidence of mental health disorders in childhood. This lecture also includes a discussion of barriers to mental health treatment and the costs of mental health care for children.


This lecture provides an overview of the assessment process in infant and early childhood mental health.


This section provides an overview of the diagnostic process in infant and early childhood mental health.


This lecture provides a thorough description of the diagnostic process using the DSM-IV-TR and the DC: 0-3.


This lecture provides an overview of the major changes to the DSM-5.

Assessment, Diagnosis and Mental Health Basics Quiz
8 questions

This lecture provides statistics related to the most common mental health disorders in early childhood.


DC: 0-3 diagnostic criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


This lecture provides a discussion of the symptoms, incidence, and treatment of ADHD.


This lecture provides a discussion of the symptoms, incidence, and treatment of conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder.


This lecture provides a discussion of the symptoms, incidence, and treatment of anxiety disorders.


This lecture provides a discussion of the symptoms, incidence, and treatment of depression and mood disorders.


This lecture provides an opportunity for hands-on practice to increase retention of the course content through the use of three individual case studies.

Now what?! How do we help?

This lecture provides an overview of common evidence-based practices in infant and early childhood mental health.

Common Mental Health Disorders Quiz
5 questions
Section Two Review
Section 3: Adverse Childhood Experiences

In the age old debate of nature vs. nurture, we now know that both are equally important in determining the trajectory of an individual's development.


This lecture introduces students to the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study.


In this lecture, we will define the adverse childhood experiences used in the ACES study. We will discuss the negative impact of ACES on health and social outcomes.


This lecture will review the ways in which adverse childhood experiences negatively impact brain development.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Quiz
5 questions
Section 3 Review
Section 4: Building Resilience

This lecture explores different definitions of resilience and discusses different aspects of resilience.


This lecture discusses characteristics of personal resilience and some ideas to build resilience in children.


This lecture discusses characteristics of family resilience and how families can build resilience.

Community Resilience

This lecture introduces the concept of a trauma informed approach and the 6 principles of a trauma informed approach.

Section 4 Review
Section 5: Linking it All Together
Linking it All Together
20 questions

Now that you have completed the course, test your retention of important concepts.

Extending Your Learning
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Kindle E-book
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Instructor Biography

Mary Allison Brown, MSW, LICSW, Child and Infant Mental Health Specialist

Mary Allison Brown is a licensed clinical social worker 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. She is currently working toward recognition as a certified clinical trauma professional.

In addition to her clinical work, Mary Allison is the founder of Reflecting Relationships where she lists upcoming speaking engagements and blogs about topics related to her areas of interest. Mary Allison believes in the critical importance of early childhood education and she is a Washington Department of Early Learning state approved trainer. She is an experienced trainer and a strong advocate for children and families.

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