Foundations of Mental Health Practice


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IMH102 - Foundations of Mental Health Practice

This is an introductory course that familiarizes students with the concepts related to mental health with a particular focus on the unique needs of infants, young children and their families. The course will provide an overview of when and how mental health begins to form and how it can be derailed or promoted. Through discussions and case studies, students will be introduced to strategies and tools for recognizing when a young child's mental health may be at risk. The core concepts of attachment, regulation and resilience as foundational developmental constructs will be examined. Finally, the course will explore a variety of mental health promotion, poor mental health prevention and intervention modalities. These modalities can be used by practitioners in a variety of roles and settings using an interdisciplinary model. In order to facilitate the development of practical skills, course materials will be presented utilizing a variety of active learning modes including case studies and role-playing.

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