Child and Youth Mental Health

Early interventions can make a significant difference in achieving positive outcomes for children and youth with mental health needs, yet these conditions are often under-identified. In this module, you will enhance your skills and confidence in helping young patients at each stage of their mental health journey, from identification to management.

Collaboration is a vital component of child and youth mental health care. This module brings together tools and resources for building integrated care teams that include families, other care providers, and community-based support services. We focus on three of the most common conditions doctors encounter in family practice: anxiety, mild to moderate depression, and ADHD. 

You will learn how to:

• Use screening tools, including those in your EMR, to identify children and youth with mental health needs;
• Assess mental health needs and develop a care plan;
• Use cognitive behavioural therapies as an alternative to, or in conjunction with, medication;
• Develop a collaborative working relationship with a child and youth mental health team;
• Treat children and adolescents with mental health disorders.
• Identify appropriate community resources to support child and youth mental health patients.

While the Child and Youth Mental Health learning module was developed with family doctors in mind, medical office assistants are also welcome to participate.