Mental Health Certificate Program
Mental Health Issues in the Classroom: Meeting Needs and Building Strengths
This program has been designed for elementary and high school teachers and other professionals in the education system or social agencies who wish to: a) improve their understanding of and ability to recognize mental health issues in the classroom; b) improve their ability to support students experiencing mental health issues; c) improve their ability to liaise, connect and communicate with community resources; and d) learn about ways in which to promote good mental health in the classroom. Program participants must have or be working towards a Bachelor of Education, and must have classroom or administrative responsibilities within the education system. Para-professionals and others may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
The full program consists of seven modules. Module 1 is mandatory for all participants wishing to take modules 2-7, and must be completed prior to enrolling in modules 2-7. Modules 2-7 can be taken in any order, and participants can choose any or all of the modules of interest to them. Completion of all seven modules will earn the participant a certificate in “Mental Health Issues in the Classroom”. Starting in 2014/15, participants who wish to earn their certificate must take all seven modules within a 2-year period. For participants who begin this program in the fall of 2013, all seven modules must be completed within a 3-year period. The seven modules are described below:
Module 1: Introduction to Mental Health Issues in the Classroom
Module 2: Depression and Other Mood Disorders in the Classroom: When Sadness Takes Over
Module 3: Anxiety Disorders in the Classroom: Moving Beyond Helping Students Cope with Everyday Stress
Module 4: Self-harm and Suicidality in the Classroom: Key Issues in Reducing Risk and Preventing Harm
Module 5: Body Image and Eating Disorders in the Classroom: When the Mirror Talks Back
Module 6: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Substance Use and Dependence in the Classroom: The Impact of Addictions on Learning
Module 7: Disruptive Behaviour Disorders and Psychotic Disorders in the Classroom: When Challenged Students Challenge You
Module 1 is on-line, and is available any time to participants who have registered though Continuing Education. Participants can anticipate devoting approximately 6 hours to this portion of the course. Modules 2-7 use a blended format; the online portion of these modules is approximately 6 hours, and the 2 in-class sessions will be approximately 3 hours each. The in-class sessions will be held in the Waterloo region; exact locations will be announced prior to the module start dates. The in-class sessions will focus on the practical application of information offered in the on-line portion of the module. Participants can anticipate extensive consideration of scenarios, case studies, sharing of experience from their practice, and collaboration. Modules 2-7 will be limited to 30 students per class.
Cost of module 1 is $50.00, and per modules 2-7 is @ $150.00 (for a total cost of $950.00 per certificate).
Program Start Date:
Access to Module 1 will begin January 25th, 2014. Modules 2 and 3 will be scheduled for April and May of 2014; exact dates to be announced. All seven modules will be available in the 2014/2015 school year. Exact dates will be announced at the start of each school year.
Registration is now open. Please contact wlu.ca/continuingstudies/mentalhealth for registration details.