About Child Mental Health
The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health recognises that the best way to support child mental health is through early intervention and prevention.
This course aims to build your understanding and capacity to identify vulnerable children. You can then reflect on how you and your organisation can better support parents and families with a view to improving the mental health outcomes of infants and children.
The course will explore the impact of parental vulnerabilities on the social and emotional wellbeing of children, help you understand intergenerational issues, consider the parent-child relationship within the context of the ‘whole child’ (ecology, environment, networks), and reflect on the strengths and vulnerabilities surrounding the child.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for frontline workers and professionals who work with children, and those who work with adults who look after children.
Many professionals have knowledge about child development, and can make connections between the lived experiences of a child, and the child’s social and emotional wellbeing, as well as their outcomes into adulthood and parenthood.
However, a significant number of children in Australia are not recognised as having mental health vulnerabilities or difficulties, and they and their family are not receiving supports for the child’s social and emotional wellbeing, or in the case of severe problems, they are not accessing services.
By focusing on identifying vulnerable children and families, you or your organisation can engage with parents and work together with families so that the mental health of children is considered. This course aims to work towards ways that you can begin conversations with parents about the mental health of their children that can lead to actions that will strengthen nurturing relationship to support the child’s mental health.
This course is not designed for workers who engage in therapeutic interventions with children. However, the video case studies can be used as an individual reflection tool, or by teams and organisations to reflect on the question: How can we all do better to consider and support child mental health?
How long does the course take?
The course is estimated to take six hours to complete (including watching videos and completing the assessment). However, you can complete the course in several sessions at your own pace. The last page you visit will be bookmarked so that you can jump straight back to where you left off – whenever it suits you, 24/7.