BCD502 - Mental Health Intervention Planning for Children

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Subject Title
Mental Health Intervention Planning for Children

Subject Description

Policies and practices related to children?s mental health are critically analyzed. Different classification systems for understanding and defining children?s behaviours are studied. The application of evidence-based practices for intervention and program planning are considered. Culturally competent strengths-based narratives are developed to facilitate trans-disciplinary practice and care collaboration.

Credit Status
BCD502 is a required subject in the Honours Bachelor of Child Development degree.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:
1. Examine the function of children’s behaviour in response to the complex influences in their lives.
2. Assess information about a child and family from multiple sources to guide the process of writing an holistic and empathetic narrative in the context of their life experiences.
3.Design inclusive strengths-based intervention plans with a sociocultural-historical framework to support mental health and social well-being.
4. Evaluate current literature and policies related to contributing factors, indicators, and behaviours in children birth to 12 years.
5. Conceptualize the role of the practitioner/educator as a culturally competent, empathetic professional promoting the holistic emotional wellbeing of children.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Importance of mental wellbeing
  • Behaviour as communication
  • Externalizing and internalizing behaviour
  • Labels, language, and stigma
  • Risk and resilience
  • Controversies in understanding behaviour and interventions
    • Medical model (DSM-V)
    • Biomedical approach
    • Disproportionate diagnosis
  • Roles of the reflective practitioner/educator
    • Discursive reflection
    • Practical strategies to develop strength-based relationships and attunement
    • Empathetic engagement and culturally competent communication
    • The role of the practitioner in supporting the holistic development of the child – using observation to inform service delivery
    • Barriers to accessing and using services
    • Inclusive practice related to children’s mental health
  • Assessment and writing narratives
    • Current approaches to assessment
    • Writing holistic strength-based formulations
    • Collecting relevant data, critically assessing current research
    • Utilizing a historical and sociocultural framework in understanding children and families
  • Intervention and program planning
    • Evidence based vs. evidence informed intervention
    • Current intervention trends in Children’s Mental Health

Mode of Instruction

  • Collaborative discussions
  • Interactive media-rich lectures
  • Small group activities
  • Wed-based interactions
  • Presentations
  • Case Studies

Prescribed Texts
Abnormal Child Psychology 7th Edition
Eric J Mash and David A Wolfe. Wadsworth Publishing

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Literature Review                      35%
Case Study                               30%
Final Exam                                35%
Creating a Climate of Respect
Building knowledge collaboratively (social constructivism) is the theoretical cornerstone of the BCD program. To be consistent with this philosophy, the program supports the creation of a culture of respect and collegiality among faculty, students, and staff. We rely on all participants to demonstrate respect by keeping appointments, being on time for classes, listening to the diverse perspectives of others, and being clear and sensitive in communication.
Personal information is often shared in classes. Students are required to keep this information confidential. For assignments, classroom discussions, and other learning situations, you must protect the identity of the people and settings you mention and circumstances related by other students and/or staff.
Preparing Assignments
It is assumed that all work will be of professional quality. Unless your professor states that work may be submitted by a group, you are expected to prepare your own work for evaluation. All assignments must be word-processed in APA* format. Any student’s work containing numerous spelling, typographical or grammatical errors will result in the loss of marks. Work that is illegible will be returned ungraded and zero (0) marks will be earned.
Assignment Policies
It is the student’s responsibility to deliver assignments to faculty members. Most assignments require submission via Blackboard through Safe Assign using a file format specified by your instructor. Students are not permitted to fax copies of assignments and email should only be used for assignments under special circumstances and with prior consent of the professor.
In many of the courses in the BCD program, there will be group assignments. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the professor well in advance if there are difficulties within the group that prevent members from working in a cohesive, respectful, and collaborative manner.
Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to keep copies (assignments, etc.) used for evaluation purposes.
Due Dates and Extensions
Due dates for assignments and other evaluation procedures for each subject are set in class.
Requests for extensions must be made to the professor before the due date. Many professors require written requests and approval forms for extensions.
The last day to submit a late assignment is the last day of classes for that subject. Some professors require that assignment be handed in during the last scheduled class.
Unless an extension has already been approved by the professor, assignments received after the final day of a subject will receive 0 marks.
In the BCD program, there is no option to re-write an assignment when the grade earned is an “F” (below 50%). The final course grade will be based on the combined weighted total of all course evaluations.
As a student at Seneca College, you are expected to read the College Academic Policy, College Student Handbook, and the BCD Student Handbook. Please note: The information contained in the Academic Policy and Student Handbooks is very important.
*APA format refers to the American Psychological Association. They have established a style that is used in all the books and journals that the Association publishes. Many others working in the social and behavioural sciences have adopted this style as their standard as well. When writing in APA format, you need to consider the rules and guidelines for:

  • Font type and size
  • Margins and line spacing
  • Punctuation and abbreviations
  • Construction of tables
  • Selection of headings
  • Citation of references
  • Presentation of statistics
  • As well as many other elements that are a part of every manuscript

Approved by: Sandra Noble