The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, are excited to present the Certificate in Young People’s Mental Health and Technology.
Developed by one of Australia’s leading child and adolescent psychologists, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, and a team of experts, the world-first certificate focuses on how technology can be harnessed to provide best practice mental health and wellbeing care in the youth sector. The certificate offers an evidence-based curriculum, informed by innovative, world-leading international research, and importantly was developed with input from young people themselves.
The certificate accounts for approximately 28 hours of active (screen-based) professional development, consisting of four online modules of approximately seven hours each, plus additional reading and self-study. Enrolment for each module is for a maximum 6-month period, with learning designed to be self-paced with 24-hour access to materials. Two versions of the certificate are being offered: one for professionals who work with young people, and one tailored for mental health clinicians.
The four modules are:
The content includes demonstrations of how to use evidence-based web programs and apps to treat anxiety, depression and substance abuse, how to use YouTube therapeutically, apps to address medication-compliance, digital safety plans, mindfulness, self-harm, and OCD. A major component of the course is aimed at training workers to use apps to help young people manage their own wellbeing, thus preventing the development of more serious psychological problems.
Modules may be taken separately but there is normally a recommended order or sequence for enrolment. All courses contain practice quizzes and a final assessment. Certificates of completion are issued on successful completion of the final assessment for each module and a full certificate is awarded following successful completion of all four course components. The cost of each module is $275 (inc GST), and they can be purchased individually or as the full certificate in a bundle of four.
The certificate is delivered through the newly launched Orygen Campus – an online community for people working with or wanting to help young people experiencing mental ill-health.