This course will describe basic brain anatomy and development related to mental health in children and adolescents, especially specific areas that influence increased risk for mental health problems in adolescence. We will cover several mental health symptoms and diagnoses that are common throughout childhood and adolescence as well stigma related to mental health and its impact on help-seeking. Finally, while participants will be encouraged to seek support from mental health professionals for serious concerns, we will address strategies that can be used to support positive mental health in school-aged children and adolescents.
By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:
- Describe basic anatomy and development related to mental health in school-aged children and adolescents
- Identify contributing factors to mental health challenges in adolescence
- Describe the role of stigma in mental health
- Identify strategies to support mental health and well-being in school-aged children and adolescents