Major Mental Health Disorders of Childhood

Major Mental Health Disorders of Childhood 

It is well recognized that children can experience mental health challenges, including many of the disorders experienced by adults. However, identifying these disorders and helping children cope with, or overcome them, is fraught with challenges. Children may not be aware that they are having symptoms that may be affecting their behavior. They may have difficulty saying what they do notice because they have not developed sufficient language skills. As a helping professional, you may be challenged by behavior presented by these children. You may struggle to respond in a way that is therapeutic and helps them progress toward their treatment or educational goals. In this course, you will learn about the major childhood disorders and the specific issues associated with these disorders that impact a child’s ability to relate to others, learn, and play. You will learn about the internal interference that children experience as a result of various conditions, and how this relates to behavior and performance in school, at home, and in the community. Most importantly, you will learn to support and teach these children to use effective coping skills, and make healthy choices. You will practice and reinforce the concepts you learn in this course through interactive exercises. This course is appropriate for paraprofessionals working with children and adolescents in a variety of behavioral healthcare environments.


Hours: 2.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-OMADC-V2
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Identify two common symptoms of both major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder and interventions you might use to support a child with learning to manage these symptoms.
Identify clinical aspects of bipolar disorder in childhood, and the role of the clinician in treating a child with bipolar disorder.
List two symptoms of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder and two interventions you might use to support a child towith learning to manage these symptoms.
Describe how an integrated approach is important for effective treatment of childhood mental health disorders.

Section 1: Introduction About This Course Learning Objectives Section 2: Important Tools for Therapeutic Care Sonjay’s Dilemma What Is An Integrated Care Team? Your Role in Care and Treatment Learning the Symptoms and Therapeutic Response Review Section Summary Section 3: Identifying and Responding to Depressive Disorders Depressive Disorders in Childhood Strategies for Negative Self-Talk Sleep Disturbance and Depression Identifying and Responding to Generalized Anxiety Disorder Strategies for Avoidant Behavior Identifying and Responding to Separation Anxiety Childhood Social Anxiety Disorder Agoraphobia Child Mental Health Integration and Practice Review Section Summary Section 4: Bipolar Disorders and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder Identifying and Responding to Bipolar Disorders Challenging Moods and Behaviors Communication and Collaboration Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder Coaching Children to Manage Feeling Irritable. Review Section Summary Section 5: Conclusion Summary Course Contributors References Exam

Staff Writer: Joseph Murphy, Ph.D.
Dr. Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. is a Clinical and Research Psychologist who has extensive clinical and administrative expertise working in the field of Behavioral healthcare at the county and state levels in California, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He has served as a Federal contractor in Behavioral Health. His work supported research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, the Military Operational Medicine Psychological Research Program at Ft. Detrick, and the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, Silver Spring, MD. For nine years he was the Director of State Operated Mental Health programs for At-Risk youth in Butner, North Carolina. He developed a number of webinars and a Peer Training course in Older Adult Behavioral Health Literacy for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, and National Libraries of Medicine. He served as Director of a Wellness and Recovery program in Gaithersburg, MD. Disclosure: Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry, Intermediate level Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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