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.
Credit Hours (CEU)
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
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
About this Workshop
ABOUT THE TRAINER
John Koop-Harder, MSW, RSW
John has been working as a therapist and trainer for almost 20 years. He is a Registered Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work degree. John is a co-author of our Counselling Insights book. Much of John’s career has centred on working with children, youth, adults, and families dealing with crisis and trauma. While he has a diverse practice, he has particular interest and specialized experience in working with individuals and families impacted by mental health concerns, violence, post-war trauma recovery, gender/sexuality issues, and sexual abuse recovery. John’s work is also informed by his international experiences working with individuals and communities impacted by civil war and ethnic conflicts in Colombia, Albania, and Northern Ireland. John believes people are their own best experts and already have many of the skills, abilities, and competencies that will assist them to address the challenges influencing their lives. John is a warm and engaging facilitator who values interactive learning experiences.
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.