Description

The ability to thrive and manage life’s difficulties is greatly influenced by our mental wellbeing from an early age. Children and youth need supports in their lives to help navigate the challenges that come along with mental health, and to connect them with the necessary support and services. This workshop provides a general overview of the common mental illnesses for children and youth, including the signs and symptoms, themes for treatment, and the controversies that surround some of the diagnoses. Participants will learn tips for informal support of children, youth, and their families struggling with mental health concerns.

Please note: This workshop is not a skill-building workshop and does not provide training for clinical therapy – the aim of the workshop is to provide understanding and awareness of mental health concerns in children and youth.

Price: $129.00 CAD

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Continuing Education Credit Hours (CEU) 5


Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Larger Context of Mental Health in Children and Youth
  • Controversies and Debates
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Depression and Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Considerations Related to Self-Injury and Suicide
  • Mental Illness and Addictions
  • Tips and Resources for Supporting

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • List the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues in the younger population
  • Identify the contextual factors and key controversies in diagnoses
  • Describe the interaction between mental health vulnerability and other risk factors
  • Summarize the common themes for treatment and tips for supporting families

About this Workshop


ABOUT THE TRAINER

Monica Bhatara, MA, RTC

John Koop Harder, Trainer for CTRIMonica has over 25 years of experience working in the community-based social services field as a Therapist and Community Educator. She is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist, and Focusing-Oriented Therapist. Monica has worked both in clinical settings for various programs and served in a leadership role as Director of Clinical Practice, providing her expertise to clinical and non-clinical programs that focus on family preservation and reunification, complex intergenerational trauma, trauma-informed practice, and clinical supervision. In addition to training with CTRI, she has a private counselling practice where she incorporates somatic work, play and expressive therapies, and interpersonal neurobiology in her work with children, youth, and adults. Monica believes in the power of human resiliency and the importance of building the capacity of paraprofessionals and non-clinical workers because they play a vital role on the therapy spectrum. As a trainer, she brings stimulating stories and a style that promotes engagement and facilitates learning.

Target Audience

This is an introductory level workshop intended for school personnel, child care providers, social workers, social service and health care professionals, youth corrections officers, parents, and anyone working in a helping role with youth struggling with mental illness.