Stanford Child Development: Behavior and Mental Health Online Short Course
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Support a child’s mental health and key developmental milestones by understanding their behavior and need for social connection.
Gain a practical, science-informed approach toward helping children be happier and healthier, with the tools to handle challenging behavior, encourage social connection, and support mental health.
It’s well known that childhood plays a significant role in the shaping of physically and mentally healthy adults. Positive social, environmental, and behavioral factors can contribute to a child thriving in later life. However, not all children are the same: each requires a unique approach, and it’s imperative that the role of individual identity development within supportive environments is recognized.
Study child psychology from this important perspective in the Child Development: Behavior and Mental Health online short course, designed by child development experts from the Stanford Center for Health Education (SCHE), part of Stanford Medicine. By capitalizing on each child’s personal interests and motivations, you'll learn to create a space that fosters positive interactions and optimal learning. Over the course of six weeks, you’ll look at practical, science-based approaches to encourage a child’s innate learning abilities, and positive behavioral discipline techniques to prevent and address children from acting out. You’ll also explore the impact of parenting and grasp the importance of a child’s social connection with adults and peers. Lastly, the course examines the steps you can take to support a child’s mental health, in order to help them develop in a healthy and happy way.
About the certificate
Study child development and behavior, and earn an official certificate of completion from the Stanford Center for Health Education.
Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.
Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.
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This online short course is for you if you want to:
- Gain practical knowledge for supporting child development and mental health as a doctor, pediatric specialist, social worker, or healthcare professional
- Understand the range of diverse influences on a child’s health and happiness as someone who works with children, within a care or mental-health environment
- Explore parenting styles, child behavior, social relationships, and cognitive development as a teacher, caregiver, counselor, parent, or someone within a child-related profession
You’ll walk away with:
- Skills and knowledge to help a child be happier and healthier, backed by science-based strategies.
- The ability to support a child’s mental health, and a range of positive behavioral intervention techniques to appropriately react to challenging behavior in children.
- Insight into how critical social connection is to children, with the skills to encourage and foster healthy social development.
Over the duration of this online short course, you’ll work through the following modules:
- Module 1: Diverse drivers of positive development
Explore the diversity of influences on a child’s health and happiness.
- Module 2: From birth to school — developmental milestones
Review the stages of childhood development and the impact of school contexts on developmental progress.
- Module 3: The parenting experience
Realize that understanding the parenting experience improves partnerships with parents.
- Module 4: Building peer connections
Understand how you can support the natural desire of children to make friends.
- Module 5: Challenging behavior — what it means and how to respond
Consider how to react appropriately to a child acting out or prevent that behavior from occurring in the first place.
- Module 6: Supporting child mental health
Examine the various ways in which you can support a child’s mental health.
Please note that module titles and their contents are subject to change during course development.
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At the beginning of each module, you'll be presented with the course content and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Adviser who will help you manage your time, and support you with any administrative or technical queries you might have.
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