BCD504 - Children's Emotional Well-Being

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Subject Title
Children's Emotional Well-Being

Subject Description
Students will explore emotional wellbeing from infancy through adolescence.  Students will gain knowledge and skills needed to promote the development of positive mental health across the lifespan. Psychosocial and sociocultural factors that influence socioemotional trajectories from birth through adolescence are discussed.  Early prevention and intervention programs will be critically analyzed. Students will contemplate how adolescent socioemotional wellbeing can be supported in the community within diverse contexts. Finally, students will learn how to assess suicide risk in children and collaborate with caregivers in creating safety.

Credit Status
BCD504 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. Discuss risk and protective factors that influence children and adolescent’s mental health across the lifespan.
  2. Critically analyze early promotion and intervention programs that support young children's emotional wellbeing to propose adaptations.
  3. Evaluate strategies that shape social emotional resilience in young children and youth from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Explain how the multifaceted developmental transitions unique to adolescence impact the socioemotional wellbeing of youth in various contexts.
  5. Develop engaging supports aligned with cultural safety principles to strengthen the emotional wellbeing of adolescents within a community context.
  6. Assess factors associated with suicide risk in children aged five to fourteen to support safety planning within a family context.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

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

  • Mental health throughout the lifespan
  • Definitions and theories related to key developmental capacities of
    • attachment
    • temperament
    • play and imagination
    • positive body image
    • language and communication
    • positive self-esteem
    • self-regulation and sense of conscience
    • concentration and problem solving
    • social competence and empathy
  • Research literature on interaction of risk and protective factors
  • Development of resiliency, regulation, attachment, and temperament
  • The ways risk factors influence children’s development
  • Approaches to working with families either one-on-one or in groups in promoting emotional well-being in young children
  • Using observation and interviews to inform plans, referrals, and supports for young children and their families
  • Completing a developmental screen focused on social emotional development
  • Developing a relationship-based plan that focuses on social emotional development

Mode of Instruction

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

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

Program Analysis               25%
Case Study                        35%
Midterm Exam                    20%
Final Exam                         20%
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