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Advanced Course in Social Services and Mental Health
The Advanced Course in Social Services and Mental Health is a comprehensive course designed to strengthen an organization’s capacity from an operations and programmatic standpoint to provide emotionally responsive programs. The goals of the course are to improve an organization’s ability to serve youth by increasing awareness amongst staff of issues youth face on daily basis, infusing mental health competencies into practices, identifying programmatic supports, and linking the organization to wider health network.
Over the course of twelve sessions, each participant analyzes his/her own program in terms of its emotional responsiveness. Through a combination of lecture, case profiles and analysis, and individual project work, participants:
- identify programmatic approaches to supporting youth;
- assess staff capacity;
- outline opportunities to strengthen staff skills;
- review policies and procedures around mental health;
- and identify referrals and system for such referrals.
Topics explored in the course include: Interpersonal Violence, Working with Families, Children with Special Needs, Identifying Community Resources, Substance Abuse and its Impact on Families, Creating Client Sensitive Program Management Systems, and Working with Schools.
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