IMH101 - Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

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Subject Title
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Subject Description
This is an introductory course examining how the research and practice of infant and early mental health has evolved.  Throughout the course, students will explore the factors that promote and derail early mental health and the connection between early mental health and later mental and physical health outcomes. They will begin to explore what it means to support young children and families for positive mental health.  Students will explore the history and evolution of the mental health system in Canada, gaining a focus on contemporary mental health and illness in Canada with an understanding of the difference between infant and early mental health and later mental and physical health outcomes.  A global perspective will be embedded into all discussions.

Credit Status
IMH 101 is a process course.  Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of face to face classes in order to be eligible to earn a passing grade.

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. Analyze social, political, biological and environmental factors that impact mental health in infancy.
  2. Explain the role of primary relationships and the social/physical environment in the development of good mental health in the early years.
  3. Determine the importance of rapport and engagement with families and young children in a therapeutic setting.
  4. Examine key documents on best practice, guidelines and core competencies in the practice of early childhood mental health.
  5. Analyze personal biases and their influences on one’s professional practice when working with families.

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