Instructor: Claire Robitaille, Ph.D. Psychologist
Program Description: Children who require mental health intervention frequently display deficits in development. This training is aimed at increasing the mental health professional’s understanding of the characteristics associated with normal development as well as the various influences that effect the course of development. Methods of assessing development and specific techniques and strategies for strengthening the growth in children will explored. The content of this training will be presented using a variety of mediums including lecture, assigned readings, group discussion and other various activities.
- To allow participants to reflect on the definition and meaning of development.
- To understand the different and most influential developmental theories
- To recognize the markers associated with social, cognitive, emotional competence, broad risks and protective factors, and strategies for advocating and supporting the social, cognitive, and emotional growth of children from a mental health practioner perspective.
- Demonstrate an understanding of prominent developmental theories of social, cognitive, emotional development in childhood and their relationship to accepted societal child care practices.
- Identify factors that influence the course of growth and development.
- Identify behaviors that exemplify physical, social, cognitive, emotional competence in childhood and describe methods used to assess cognitive, social and emotional functioning.
- Apply developmental concepts to the diagnosis of childhood mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
- Definition of growth and development
- Principles of Human Development
- Primary areas of development: Physical, Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development
- What processes influence development?
- Theories of development: stages vs. continuum
- Milestones and skills associated with adaptive development
- Assessing development
- Relationship between development and mental health
Participants: Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists
Level: Beginner / Intermediate