APD1297: Mental Health in the Classroom Recent research suggests that one out of every five school-aged children suffers from a mental health concern (e.g., anxiety, depression), and that children who experience mental health concerns are at increased risk for poor academic outcomes in schools. Educators are uniquely positioned to assist in the early identification of students struggling with mental health concerns in the classroom. By learning about the signs of mental health problems, and understanding how to refer students to appropriate services, educators can facilitate children and youth’s timely access to effective assessment and intervention. This course provides students with an overview of the conceptualization, prevalence, and course of commonly occurring mental health disorders among school-aged children and youth, and explores risk and protective factors for mental health problems. Moreover, this course examines the signs and symptoms of these disorders (to facilitate early detection by educators), as well as provides educators with information about empirically supported recommendations for preventing and responding to mental health concerns in the classroom. Additionally, broader evidenced-based strategies and programming for preventing mental health concerns, and promoting mental health and well-being in the classroom are discussed. This is a flex-mode course, meaning students can participate in-person or remotely on-line.
APD1295: Adolescent Mental Health: An Examination of Risk and Resiliency Adolescence is a developmental period characterized by both vulnerability and opportunity. This course examines research and theory on the development of mental health and well-being in adolescence and emerging adulthood (ages 18-25 years), and examines common mental health concerns in adolescence. In addition to examining contributing developmental factors to adolescent mental health (e.g., physical, social, emotional changes and transitions in adolescence), this course also explores risk and protective factors across various contexts (e.g., family, peers, schools, media) that influence adolescent risk and resiliency. This is an in-person course.