Understanding Mental Health Concerns in Children and Youth (1 day)

Children and youth need the adults in their lives to help navigate the difficulties that come along with mental health and to connect them with necessary support and services. This workshop is designed for education and social service providers, caregivers and anyone seeking a better understanding of the complexities that surround mental illness with this population. Participants will be provided with a general overview of the common mental illnesses for children and youth, signs and symptoms, themes for treatment and the controversies that surround some of the diagnoses. The final portion of the workshop will offer tips for informal support of children, youth and their families struggling with mental health concerns.

Please note: This workshop is not a skill-building workshop or providing training for clinical therapy – the aim of the workshop is to provide understanding and awareness of mental health in children and youth.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

  • Context of Children’s Mental Health
  • Overview and Trends
  • Controversies and Debates
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Depression
  • ODD and Conduct Disorder
  • Suicide and Self-Injury
  • Mental Illness and Addictions
  • Tips and Resources for Supporting

Target Audience

This is an introductory level workshop intended for teachers, child care providers, social workers, parents, social service and health care professionals, youth corrections officers, support workers and anyone working in a helping role with youth struggling with mental illness.

Method of Delivery

Lecture, personal reflection, video, case study review and small group discussion.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop participants should be able to:

  • List the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues in the younger population.
  • Identify the contextual factors and key controversies in diagnoses.
  • Summarize the common themes for treatment and tips for supporting families.