CYMH 5531
Intervention in Child and Youth Mental Health

4.0 Credits


This is an interdisciplinary course that is designed to enable bachelor's and master's prepared students to provide and implement intervention plans for children with mental health disorders. The course provides an understanding of intervention issues and approaches relevant to the support of children and youth with mental health concerns and their families. Students will be introduced to a range of issues and considerations that guide intervention plans.

Delivery Method

Web, self-paced.


CYMH 5511-Context and Theory in Child and Youth Mental Health Practice.

Acceptance in the Child and Youth Mental Health Certificate Program or acceptance as a Professional Development course taker by the program coordinator.

Recommended Requisites

It is recommended that students have a background in social work, counselling, child and youth care, education and/or nursing.


After successfully completing the work in this course, learners should be able to:

  • Select their position (current or future) on the child and youth mental health treatment continuum and understand barriers to mental health intervention.
  • Distinguish the difference between mental health support and mental health treatment among child and youth mental health clients.
  • Select appropriate methods of mental health treatment to address core child mental health diagnostic conditions.
  • Compare and contrast various treatment approaches to address core mental health treatment applicable to youth with mental health diagnoses.
  • Judge the difference between acting up and acting out behaviors and treatment needs in children and youth with mental health diagnoses.
  • Formulate, in response to a case study, a multi-system treatment plan involving multiple helping professionals to enhance understanding of the importance of a multi-tiered system approach to treating children and youth with mental illness.
  • Examine trauma protocols to increase understanding of mental health conditions and treatment that relate to trauma.
  • Analyze types of evidence-based group treatment used in children and youth experiencing mental health disorders and select one group for an in-depth study of its practical application.
  • Estimate the local ability of core mental health teams to meet the treatment needs of children and adolescent clients who identify with LBGTQ.
  • Evaluate the unique stresses and treatment options for immigrant children and youth who are identified in the school or the community as requiring treatment.
  • Formulate a deep understanding of the issues that impact First Peoples' children and youth seeking and receiving mental health treatment.
  • Develop an understanding of the complexity of treating dual disorders in children and youth including approaches to address child and youth concurrent disorder.
  • Utilize a case study to underscore the importance of early intervention of chronic mental illness and its link to improved long-term functioning.
  • Evaluate eating disorder treatment options that fit within the role of a core child and youth community mental health worker through a case study analysis.
  • Assemble a self-care strategy premised on a prevention model for those who work in child and youth mental health field.

Course Outline

CYMH 5531 includes the following 15 modules:

  • Situational Mental Health
  • Mental Health Programs
  • Core Children's Mental Health
  • Core Adolescent's Mental Health
  • Behavioral Symptoms
  • Multisystem Treatment
  • Treating Trauma
  • Treatment Groups
  • Treatment with LBGTQ
  • Treatment with Minorities
  • Treatment with First Peoples
  • Concurrent Disorder Treatment
  • Chronic Mental Health Treatment
  • Eating Disorder Treatment
  • Counsellor-Therapist Self Care.

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

No textbook is required for this course. Individual readings, such as journal articles and book chapters, will be provided throughout the course.


The course provides links to recommended Internet resources covering topics such as evidence-based treatment, practitioner association websites, and mental health resources.

Additional Requirements

This web-based course requires that students have reliable access to the internet. Refer to the TRU-OL website for computer requirements.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Management System's "Mail" tool or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.


To successfully complete this course, you must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on the overall course.

Assignment 1: Case Study Essay, 0-5 year old 13%
Assignment 2: Treatment Case Studies, Modules 2-3 and 5-7 25%
Assignment 3: Case Study Essay, 6-12 year-old 13%
Assignment 4: Support Group Proposal 11%
Assignment 5: Treatment Case Studies, Modules 9 and 11-14 25%
Assignment 6: Case Study Essay, 13-18 year-old 13%
Total 100%