The World Health Organisation reports that, worldwide, 10 to 20 per cent of children and adolescents experience mental disorders. If left untreated, these conditions can severely influence development, educational achievement and the potential to lead productive and fulfilling lives. This course is ideal for youth workers, counsellors, teachers, coaches or anyone who works with children.
The Certificate of Child and Adolescent Mental Health is an online program that will explore the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and treatment options available for young people.
In this professional development course, you will learn about childhood development, and the types of depression, anxiety disorders, tic disorders, brain disorders and other disorders in children and adolescents.
You will also learn about problems of adolescence, such as anorexia, bulimia, substance abuse and family conflict, and holistic and alternative approaches to treatment.
On completion of this course, you will have developed an understanding of child and adolescent mental health and the various treatment options available.
Unit 1 - Nature and scope of mental health
Understanding normal childhood development
Good mental health
Understanding childhood mental illness
Prevalence of mental health issues in children and adolescents
Differences to adult mental health
An introduction to the mental health industry
Unit 2 - Childhood depression
Types of depression in childhood
Diagnosis of depression in children
Causes of childhood depression
Assessing risk of suicide
Unit 3 - Anxiety disorders
Scope and nature of anxiety disorders
Different types of anxiety disorders
Childhood anxiety disorders
Adolescent anxiety disorders
Other anxiety related problems
Unit 4 - Tic disorders
Introduction to tic disorders
Types of tics
Gilles de la tourette syndrome (tourette’s disorder)
Transient tic disorder
Chronic tic disorder
Tic disorder (nos)
Unit 5 - Brain disorders (injury and disease)
Differences to adults
Traumatic brain injury
Unit 6 - Other disorders - Motor Disorders, Elimination Disorders, Feeding & Eating Disorders; signs/symptoms/treatment
Feeding and eating disorders of childhood
Reactive attachment disorder
Stereotypic movement disorder
Unit 7 - Environmental problems
Definition of child abuse
Factitious disorder by proxy
The effects of abuse
Unit 8 - Problems of adolescence - Anorexia, Bulimia, Substance Use, Family Conflict signs/symptoms/treatment
Significant disorders of adolescence
Unit 9 - Holistic and alternative approaches to treatment
Food and mental health
Alternative therapies – homeopathy, art therapy, music therapy, counselling/psychotherapy, craniosacral/biodynamic osteopathy, kinesiology, aromatherapy, sensory integration, behavioural optometry, hearing and mental health, movement therapies
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 100 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.