Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Distance Learning

Program Title: Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

You can help children and adolescents reach their full potential. Do you work in education or community services and want to make a difference in the lives of children and adolescents you work with? Are you one of the following?

  • Social Worker, Early Childhood Educator, Child and Youth Worker or Educational Assistant
  • Parent or Volunteer
  • Police Officer
  • Administrator, School Support Staff or Teacher
  • Interested in learning about disabilities?

Through the Child and Adolescent Mental Health program, you will enhance your knowledge of various emotional and psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents including characteristics, treatments and causal factors. You’ll learn how to use effective intervention strategies to manage aggressive behaviour in children and adolescents and how to apply evidence-based intervention techniques when dealing with individuals with a variety of identifications. You will learn various approaches to working collaboratively with children and adolescents who are taking psychotropic medications, their parents, and other community agencies.

This Ministry approved program is delivered on a part time basis, therefore it’s not OSAP eligible.

This flexible program is designed for those who are currently working or plan to work with children and adolescents, who require additional knowledge around the mental health needs of this population. You may choose to take individual courses or complete the whole program and obtain certification.

Course Listing (courses are 50 hours in length)
• Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Working with the Family
• Communications
• Introduction to Social Problems
• Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
• Working with Diversity
• Alternative Interventions
• Crisis and Behaviour Intervention
• Behaviour and Drugs
• Building Family Support
• Developmental Psychology
• Capstone Consolidation

Online Delivery
This certificate program is offered completely online. All courses are available at the beginning of every semester:

  • September/Fall
  • January/Winter
  • May/Summer

Register before the start of the semester to ensure you are set up to start on time.
Cost is $383.50 per course plus textbook. A mandatory graduation fee will be charged to each student in the last semester of courses before achieving the certificate.

Registration Information
To register for the certificate program, please apply to the program by visiting www.ontariocolleges.ca
To register for an individual course, please contact Northern College directly at 705.235.3211 ext. 2294.

Campus Contact
Diane Leblond
Tel:705-235-3211 ext. 2294
leblondd@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with courses from the College (C), University ( U), or general or advanced stream including:
Grade 12 English (U/C)
Computer proficiency is highly recommended

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Note: Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Course Listing (courses are 50 hours in length)
• Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Working with the Family
• Communications
• Introduction to Social Problems
• Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
• Working with Diversity
• Alternative Interventions
• Crisis and Behaviour Intervention
• Behaviour and Drugs
• Building Family Support
• Developmental Psychology
• Capstone Consolidation
Building Family Support
Building Family Supports is designed to introduce the students to the philosophy and practice of successfully engaging and working with families within a collaborative team approach in order to help family members achieve optimal positive outcomes through partnerships and trust. This course will introduce students to the myriad of service options and service coordination responsibilities involved in delivering human services to families in Ontario. Its purpose is to demystify practices such as accessing services, making referrals, treatment planning, case management and case conferencing as they apply to families. The student will explore several case studies in case conference services to illustrate each of the central tenets of the approach.

Communications I
Communications I is a practical course designed to help strengthen both oral and written skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of learning methods and communication formats. Emphasis will be placed on the use of appropriate structure, writing conventions and style. Students will develop discipline-specific documents as well as learn the basics of portfolio assembly and presentation.

Introduction to Social Problems
This course will not only assist students in recognizing and understanding social problems but also encourage them to view these social problems in a theoretical and critical manner. Students will be challenged to recognize the multifaceted and broader impact of social problems and consider their own personal and professional duty to recognize when a child’s identified problems are potentially caused or exacerbated by one or more of these social problems. Students will gain a theoretical understanding of the paradigms which define social problems. They will learn to assess the impact of various social problems and consider appropriate ways of intervening in both the micro and mezzo systems. Students will learn to assess, identify, advocate for, and intervene with children who are impacted or at risk of being impacted by social problems.

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
This course outlines various emotional and psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. The focus of the course includes a discussion involving the characteristics, treatments and causal factors of behavioural disorders of children and adolescents.

Crisis and Behaviour Intervention
This course will develop a framework for understanding and dealing with aggression and crisis. Students will explore theoretical bases for aggression as well as learn strategies for intervention during crises and aggressive episodes.

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
This course will assist the learner in developing a basic understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Characteristics of Autism will be explored; the triad of common difficulties will be explained and used as a basis for better understanding of individuals with an ASD. The learner will identify the particular needs of individuals with an ASD, as well as the needs of the family, the school, the community, etc. Evidence-based intervention techniques will be studied in order to provide the learner with recognized intervention methods when dealing with individuals with an ASD

Developmental Psychology
This course emphasizes the continuity of development throughout the lifespan. It will focus on the interrelationships among the different stages of the lifespan and among physical, cognitive, social and personality development. The course will cover the lifespan from the crucial prenatal period through late adulthood, as well as death and the grieving process.

Working with Diversity
Examining our own attitudes, values and beliefs helps to open doors and allows us to see things in an objective way. As students become aware of experiences surrounding ideas of culture, immigration and other differences in their own lives they can create more sensitive and stronger helping relationships within the workplace and beyond. Changes in attitudes go beyond the individual and extend to the work environment through policy changes and health promotion. Questions may arise around specific issues that certain marginalized groups face on a regular basis. Students will have the opportunity to look more closely at some of these issues and bring the information back to their peers. At the end of the course students will be better prepared to respond to the diversity of clients who look to them for help. Being able to recognize their own limitations and how their beliefs impact others, plus having the skills necessary will ensure that help is provided in a sensitive, appropriate and respectful way.

Working with the Family
This course explores the impact and reciprocal nature of the family on children and adolescents through an understanding of systems theory, attachment theory and family dynamics. The learner will be provided with strategies helpful in engaging families in working with school and community agencies.

Alternative Interventions
This course will introduce students to the basics of the helping process. Its purpose is to demystify the process and provide students with a framework as well as the basic skills for helping. The focus will be on understanding the foundation and values inherent in helping and developing the skills to empower children, youth and families through difficult times. Topics covered include the strength based approach, relationship building, interviewing skills, activity programming and conflict resolution and mediation.

Behaviour and Drugs
This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of pharmacokinetics (the movement of drugs through the body, including administration, absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion) and pharmacodynamics (the mechanism of action of drugs). In this course, we will be examining how different drugs affect the body and mind. We will also look at issues such as tolerance, dependence, and the therapeutic use of commonly abused drugs in society and examine the behaviours that accompany them. Topics covered include the strength based approach, relationship building, interviewing skills, activity programming and conflict resolution and mediation.

Download the complete Articulation Agreement list for Universities and Colleges (PDF, 113KB).

Articulation Agreements – Universities

Program Degree at Receiving University
Child and Youth Worker Algoma (Ontario)
Bachelor of Social Work
or Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
or Bachelor of Arts (Community Development)
Carleton (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts (Multiple Majors)
Griffith (Australia)
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology and Justice
Child and Youth Worker Athabasca (Alberta)
Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Professional Arts (Human Services)
Educational Support
Child and Youth Worker Guelph (Ontario)
Developmental Service Worker Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Services
Social Service Worker
Developmental Service Worker Algoma (Ontario)
Bachelor of Social Work
or Bachelor of Arts (Community Development)
Developmental Service Worker Athabasca (Alberta)
Social Service Worker Bachelor of Professional Arts (Human Services)
or Bachelor of General Studies (Arts and Science)
Developmental Service Worker Ryerson (Ontario)
Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Arts (Disabilities Studies)
Social Service Worker Bachelor of Arts (Early Childhood Education)
Bachelor of Social Work
Early Childhood Education Brock (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Honours)
Guelph (Ontario)
Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood
IOTI (Ireland)
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education or Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Honours)
Nipissing (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Police Foundations Athabasca (Alberta)
Bachelor of Professional Arts (Human Services) or Bachelor of Professional Arts (Criminal Justice) or Bachelor of Professional Arts (Governance, Law & Management)
Brock (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Carleton (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts (Multiple Majors)
Fredericton (New Brunswick)
Bachelor of Criminal Justice (online)
Griffith (Australia)
Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Guelph (Ontario)
Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies, Bachelor of Applied Science in Justice Studies from the University of Guelph and Community and Justice Services Diploma from Humber.
Husson, (Maine, USA)
Bachelor of Criminal Justice (Online)
IOTI (Ireland)
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies (Honours)
Laurentian (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts in Law and Justice
Nipissing (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (Honours)
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology and Justice
Social Service Worker Algoma (Ontario)
Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) or Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) or Bachelor of Arts (Community Development)
Griffith (Australia)
Bachelor of Human Services, Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
IOTI (Ireland)
Bachelor of Applied Social Studies (Honours)
Lakehead (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts (Gerontology), Bachelor of Social Work (Native Human Services)
Brock (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) or (Women Studies)
Griffith (Australia)
Bachelor of Human Services, Bachelor of Social Work
Windsor (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts Honours (Disability Studies)
Note 1: The information above is subject to change without notice at the institution’s discretion.
Note 2: Ryerson University may ask applicants to complete two or three university level liberal studies courses prior to admission.

Articulation Agreements – Colleges

Program Credential from Receiving College
Child and Youth Worker Humber (Ontario)
Bachelor of Child and Youth Care
Early Childhood Education George Brown (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts
Seneca (Ontario)
Bachelor of Child Development
Sheridan (Ontario)
Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership
Police Foundations Conestoga (Ontario)
Social Service Worker Bachelor of Community and Criminal Justice
Police Foundations Georgian (Ontario)
Bachelor of Human Services
Humber (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts – Criminal Justice
Developmental Services Worker Utica College (New York)
Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Arts/Science Degree
Educational Support
General Arts & Sciences
Child and Youth Worker
Police Foundations
Social Service Worker
Note 1: The information above is subject to change without notice at the institution’s discretion.