Resource Summary

To support children’s mental health in your work, Emerging Minds has created the Children’s mental health learning pathway. It is designed for all practitioners who want to better understand the factors that influence child mental health.

Mental health is key to children’s relationships, resilience, learning and development. The majority of infants and children will experience positive mental health most of the time, especially if their parents, family and community are responsive to their needs. But not every family has the resources or support they need, and even those who do will at times need some extra help.

As a practitioner, you are in a unique position to provide support to parents and help plan for children’s social and emotional development at the earliest possible stage. These courses explore the key factors that influence and support infant and child mental health, and the important role mental health plays in children’s physical health, relationships, resilience, development and learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that the resources in this learning pathway may contain imagery, audio or names of people who have passed away.

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Understanding child mental health

This course explores mental health for children aged 0-12 years. It will help practitioners to identify the factors that support positive mental health in children, and understand how the different parts of a child’s world interact to influence their social and emotional wellbeing.

Throughout this course, learners will be invited to consider the foundational importance of a child’s relationship with their parent(s) or caregiver(s), and to reflect on the factors that can affect this relationship.

Engaging with children

This course introduces you to the concept of engaging children as partners in practice, as a foundation for responding to child mental health concerns.

Through this course, you will become familiar with the key values that underpin this concept and consider how these relate to the values and practice ethics practitioners bring to this area of their work.

Learners will also be introduced to the key shifts in position and perspective required to effectively engage children as partners in practice.

Working with First Nations families and children: A framework for understanding

This course will assist you, as a non-Aboriginal practitioner, to develop the skills and understanding to build genuine partnerships with First Nations children, families and communities.

It will also help you to understand how this will benefit and enrich you personally and professionally.

You are invited to approach this learning with curiosity, as well as a willingness to reflect on the cultural lens each of us brings to interactions with First Nations families and to consider the impact this has on engagement with those families.

The impact of trauma on the child

This course will introduce learners to key understandings about trauma and adversity, and their impact on children.

It explores the ways that a child might respond to trauma, and how children and families can recover from trauma.

It will also introduce a trauma sensitive approach to supporting children who have experienced trauma or adversity, and invite learners to reflect on how they can integrate this into their interactions with children.

Building blocks for children’s social and emotional wellbeing

In this course you will look at important concepts and ideas related to children’s mental health and development, and investigate the child’s social and emotional wellbeing within the context of their family, community, and networks.

You will explore the importance of providing guidance and support to parent-clients about their children’s social and emotional wellbeing.

You will also be introduced to principles for providing quality information and resources to parents, as well as the practical issues around working in partnership with parents to identify the most relevant and appropriate information for their situation and their context.

View all Children’s mental health learning pathway courses on Emerging Minds Learning.

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