EDAS 243 - Supporting Children's Mental Health

This course will introduce students to mental health issues experienced by children and adolescents, outlining various mental health disorders, diagnostic tools, and current interventions. The focus of the course will include exploration of mental health literacy, stigma, trauma informed practice, and classroom support strategies for children and adolescents with mental health issues.


Credits:  3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)




Non-Course Prerequisites: 
Criminal Record Check Schedule B works with “children” or works with “children and vulnerable adults."  Admission to the Education Assistant Program or Human Services Advanced Professional Development Program.




Course Content:
- Mental health disorders: characteristics and causal factors
- Diagnostic tools
- Current Interventions
- Mental health literacy
- Stigma of mental illness
- Classroom / school support strategies
- Trauma informed practice


Learning Outcomes: A student who successfully completes this course will be able to:
- Explain various strategies and methods for supporting the learning of a student with a variety of mental health situations
- Explain mental illness and the challenges that students with mental disorders might face in the classroom
- Apply various strategies to support individuals
- Identify appropriate learning material and strategies to meet individual needs and goals
- List criteria for children and adolescents psychological disorders
- Discuss basic categorization and use of the DSM-V for children and adolescents
- Access resources and information about childhood and adolescent mental health issues
- Distinguish some of the  basic interventions for mental health disorders
- Use trauma informed practices in classroom settings


Grading System:  Letter Grades


Passing Grade:  C (60%)


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.