Supporting and Enhancing Children’s Mental Health

Supporting and Enhancing Children’s Mental Health is a program option within the Master of Education (MEd), Interdisciplinary route. Visit the MEd, Interdisciplinary Route page for complete MEd details including fees

Any given classroom likely contains students with mental health concerns. These concerns often impact their ability to learn, to form appropriate relationships with peers and adults, and to develop healthy coping strategies. Children with mental health difficulties are often misunderstood and may be identified as problematic.  Many individuals working with these children have a limited understanding of what the children are experiencing and how to best support them.

This four-course topic is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the issues surrounding children’s mental health and how these issues may impact children’s lives. As well, classes devoted to intervention will allow for the exploration of case studies and practical suggestions for working with these children.

Program Schedule

Term 1 - Summer

Summer 2020
EDPS 693.02 S02 (50093) - Blue Cohort
EDPS 693.02 S05 (50760) - Green Cohort
Understanding Mental Health in Children and Adolescents
Online 

Term 2 - Fall

Fall 2020
EDPS 693.09 S02 (71788) - Blue Cohort
EDPS 693.09 S04 (73006) - Green Cohort
Trauma and Resilience in Children
Online

Term 3 - Winter

Winter 2021
EDPS 693.10 S02 (11678) - Blue Cohort
EDPS 693.10 S06 (14822) - Green Cohort
Interventions for Working with Elementary School Students with Mental Health Concerns
Online

Term 4 - Spring

Spring 2021
EDPS 693.15 (registration information TBD)
Interventions for Working with Middle & Senior High School Students With Mental Health Concerns
Online

Course Descriptions

Outlines are normally available 1-2 weeks prior to the start of term in D2L.


Course Delivery

Courses in this program are offered fully online. Courses are held in both an asynchronous environment (D2L) and a synchronous (real-time) environment (Zoom) which allows instructors to virtually meet and talk with students and experience a live exchange of ideas, hear class presentations and do group work with access to a whiteboard. For additional information regarding online delivery, refer to the Online Delivery eLearning website.

 


3 units per course

EDPS 693.02 Understanding Mental Health in Children and Adolescents

This course focuses on understanding the range of mental health concerns that may be present in children and adolescents.  Discussion will focus primarily on the development and prevalence of mental health disorders (anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, etc.), as well as description and diagnosis, epidemiology, co-morbidity, and associated characteristics of the disorders across preschool, early and middle childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood.

EDPS 693.09 Trauma and Resilience in Children

This course will expand students’ knowledge base of the impact of trauma on children.  Specifically, the course will examine how trauma affects brain development and learning and the educational implications for traumatized children.  Possible topics to be covered include the neurobiology of trauma, strength-based interventions, building school-community partnerships, and resiliency factors.

EDPS 693.10 Interventions for Working with Elementary School Students with Mental Health Concerns

This course will examine mental health concerns that are most prevalent for elementary school aged children (ages 5-11).  Possible topics may include self-esteem, anxiety and stress, divorce/separation, sibling rivalry, bullying, home/school collaboration, working with parents with mental health concerns, classroom management strategies, and school-based interventions.

EDPS 693.15 Interventions for Working with Middle & Senior High School Students With Mental Health Concerns

This course focuses on the complex difficulties that adolescents in the middle and senior high school years (ages 12+) with mental health concerns deal with, including peer pressure, drug/alcohol use, educational demands, and societal issues.  This course provides an understanding of how these adolescents can be supported within the home, school and community.

Have Questions?

Graduate Program Administrator (GPA)

Lisa Dale
lisa.dale@ucalgary.ca

Academic Program Coordinator

Dr. Emma Climie
eaclimie@ucalgary.ca

Ready to Apply?

Applications are open November 1 - March 1. All students apply for admission through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Please note that topics are offered yearly and subject to change.

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