“If you are a clinical or non-clinical professional who works with children (aged 0 – 12 years), with adults who are parents, or with families, you are in a unique position to make a difference to children’s mental health.”
Emerging Minds AU has eight online training courses available to people working with children. The courses cover child mental health, supervision, and trauma. All modules require a short assessment and a certificate can be printed upon completion. All the training is free after registering online and available immediately. Please see the courses below and their descriptions:
Child Mental Health: (Not for therapeutic interventions)This course aims to build your understanding and capacity to identify vulnerable children. You can then reflect on how you and your organisation can better support parents and families with a view to improving the mental health outcomes of infants and children.
The course will explore the impact of parental vulnerabilities on the social and emotional wellbeing of children, help you understand intergenerational issues, consider the parent-child relationship within the context of the ‘whole child’ (ecology, environment, networks), and reflect on the strengths and vulnerabilities surrounding the child.
Trauma and the child: This course will introduce you to key elements of understanding the prevalence of trauma, and its impact on children and families. With the right supports, children can and do recover from experiences of trauma and adversity. Throughout this course you will work towards using your understanding about trauma and its impacts on children and families to explore an approach that will help you provide support. This approach is sensitive to the experiences of these children, and that takes into account information about how trauma can affect a child’s development, behaviour, emotions and wellbeing.
Child Aware Practice: This course aims to enhance understanding about the impact that adult problems may have on children and to support practitioners to think about children early in any contact with a parent. It ensures that families are supported to make and sustain changes so that they can better meet the needs of their children.
The course is interactive and features high-quality video scenarios that are partnered with a useful workbook. The workbook contains exercises, discussion starters and reflective questions that can be used in a range of settings (e.g. staff meetings, professional development, team and management meetings) by practitioners, team leaders, managers and organisations.
Supporting Infants and Toddlers: The course takes learners through the impact of mental illness on the family through the antenatal period, explains attachment and principles of sensitive communication with parents regarding the needs of their children. You will learn about parenting interventions and strategies to effectively support these families.
Child Aware Supervision: The Child Aware Supervision course provides training for supervisors in strategies that promote child and family-sensitive practices in their service.
Keeping Families and Children in Mind: The ‘Keeping Families and Children in Mind’ eLearning course supports learners to develop a family-sensitive approach when working with families where a parent has a mental illness. The course features six interactive learning modules that encourage learners to reflect and evaluate their current practice and to develop strategies to support children, parents, carers and families living in these environments.
Family Talk: The Family Talk intervention is an evidence-based program designed for mental health professionals working with parents experiencing depression and/or anxiety to foster resilience in their children and the family unit.
Let’s Talk: Let’s Talk About Children (Let’s Talk) is a brief, evidence-based method that trains professionals to have a structured discussion with parents who experience mental illness about parenting and their child’s needs. It aims to make this conversation a routine part of the alliance between parents and professionals where they can explore the wellbeing and development of children and how their parent’s mental illness is understood by them.
For more information and to register in any or all of these courses, please visit the Emerging Minds training page here.