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Advanced Certificate in  Child & Youth Mental Health Treatment

The Institute of Child Psychology Advanced Certificate in Child & Youth Mental Health Treatment is designed for registered mental health professionals (or students enrolled in an accredited post-secondary program) who are wishing to receive formal accreditation from the Institute of Child Psychology for continuing education, employment purposes, and/or personal development. With this certification you are demonstrating your knowledge in the areas of:  specific clinical mental health presentations, interpersonal neurobiology of children and youth, and developmentally appropriate mental health interventions  (i.e., play therapy, art therapy, CBT)

How To Become Certified


Subscription members who are licensed professionals in the field of mental health or students in an accredited graduate program.


You have up to 3 years* to finish the course requirements below.


As long as you are a membership subscriber (monthly or annually) all the courses needed for certification can be taken as part of your subscription-- no other fees required


Certificates will be provided after verification of your credentials, courses completion, and final paper. A certificate will be emailed in a PDF copy.


See below for course requirements. ___ core courses and ____ supplementary credits are required before you can submit for your certificate

Certification Steps

Learn the steps to certification and get answers to frequently asked questions.

1. Verification of credentials 
2. Complete 13 core courses (69.5 CE Hours)
3. Chose 20 credit hours from the supplemental courses
4. Complete a 5-8 page paper- single spaced, 2500-4000 words (details found in the FAQ section below)

Mandatory Core Courses

All 6 courses must be completed to become certified. All courses can be accessed as part of your membership subscription.

Intro to Play Therapy Fundamentals

Play therapy play is an evidence-based approach to help children with social or emotional deficits learn to communicate better, express underlying feelings they may be struggling with, change their behaviour, develop problem-solving skills, and relate to others in positive ways. Join Tammy Schamuhn as she guides participants through exploring the basic theoretical and ethical foundations of play therapy, and gain practical skills and strategies to work with children in order to begin integrating this modality into their clinical practice [10 CE Hours]

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Working with Children in Mental Health

In this course you will learn about how to set up a child mental health practice and certain considerations that needs to be made beforehand (i.e., training, ethics, theoretical orientation, structuring your session). It will also cover some of the primary recommended modalities for treating children that are developmentally appropriate [3.0 CE Hours]

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Directive Play Therapy Activities

In this dynamic workshop participants will learn how to engage clients through the play therapy process while providing concrete structure and direction to help navigate the therapeutic journey. Therapists will learn how bring in games, discussions, and structured activities that assist children in examining issues and making interpretations, with the purpose of helping the child process experiences and feelings that might have previously hidden from awareness [5.0 CE Hours]

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Treatment of Childhood Trauma

With 1 in 3 children are impacted by trauma; professionals need specific, evidence-based tools to work with these children. Whether it’s neglect, abuse, tragedy, complex grief, high-conflict divorce or intergenerational trauma they need our specialized* support, now. This course (a recording of a live full-day workshop) will give you the tools and strategies to help a child impacted by trauma (i.e., appraise & work with traumatic play sequences; explore specific clinical case studies while developing case conceptualization skills & applying appropriate interventions) [6.5 CE Hours]

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Youth

Therapists who strive to provide evidence-based interventions for effective symptom reduction often utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT has a wealth of research backing demonstrating its effectiveness for treating a wide variety of mental health concerns. However, some struggle to implement this talk-based approach to treatment with younger clients. Children process differently and cannot always engage in traditional talk psychotherapy techniques, or they do not get the same benefit as older clients. This course arms you with the knowledge and skills to effectively implement CBT with children & teens [6.0 CE Hours]

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ADHD: From Struggling to Thriving

This online course focuses on taking the fear out of the diagnosis by empowering you to become the agent of change in a child’s life. This workshop will begin with an introduction the neurobiological and environmental roots of ADHD, followed by an exploration of effective and ineffective caregiving strategies and skills, with a final look at the importance of relationship-based caring. Parents, caregivers, and mental health professionals will walk away with a full “tool-box” of tools and resources to help the children in their lives thrive [6.5 CE Hours]

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Childhood Anxiety: Finding a Way Through

Anxiety has many faces, and in this online course parents, caregivers, and professionals will learn about the psychological and physiological roots of anxiety, why it is on the rise in our children, and what to do to help children better manage it. This course has a holistic* and strength-based approach that focuses on what we as caretakers, parents, and professionals can do vs. stigmatizing children who are struggling. Various facets of the child’s environment will be explored that can contribute to a child’s emotional struggles [9.5 CE Hours]

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Depression in Childhood

Depression can significantly impact a child, and those caring for them are often left with questions about how to best help. In this workshop parents and professionals will learn more about childhood depression and how to best help children and teens manage it. All strategies are science-informed, and practical for working with children and youth. This workshop will empower adults to be agents of change in a child's life offering concrete ways in which they can support the children in their lives [6.0 CE Hours]

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Helping Children with Grief & Loss

There are steps that caregivers (and proffesionals) can take to recognize the emotional incompleteness that a child carries and to help them heal their hearts. This course will provide you with a set of skills and a new sense of empowerment that will allow you to better recognize grief within your child and help them move towards recovery after a loss [3.5 CE Hours].

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Working with Children Impacted by Divorce & Separation

With parental divorce and separation on the rise, many children struggle with the grief, transitions, emotional disruptions, and (often) conflict associated with this process. This workshop will hive you concrete tools to help children and teens to heal and process this loss, and gain effective tools to manage their emotions. Creative engagement and assessment activities will be presented, and participants will learn how to implement strategies immediately into their practice [3.0 CE Hours]

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Childhood Trauma: Finding a Way Through

This course we will explore the impact of trauma on neurological development and how this presents in children’s behaviours. The impact on the attachment system will also be examined, as will the role of relationship in healing and growth. Strategies to support children following experiences of trauma will be presented, giving attendees concrete ways in which they can support the children in their lives and care for themselves. This course aims to offer practical information to caregivers and professionals on why certain behaviours may be present, and how they can support their children in moving towards growth and healing [6.5 CE Hours]

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How to Have a Successful Intake

Gain insights into how the foundation of a therapeutic relationship is laid during the intake session and how this extends throughout the entire intake and into the clinical engagement. The instructor will also shed light on the pivotal and validating role of the therapist in the therapy room, emphasizing how their presence can significantly influence the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship with the client, family, and beyond. [1.0 CE Hour]

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Pre-Teens and Teens in Therapy

In this workshop, play therapists will delve into the mysteries of the teenage mind as we bust myths and glean insight into how to best offer therapeutic support. Using neuroscience, Developmental, Synergetic, and Systemic theories, participants will explore how to navigate this "awkward" and sometimes "overwhelming" developmental stage using an eclectic framework of non-directive and directive play therapy approaches. Understanding how to assess the teen's emotional age, an area often missed when working with this population, will also be covered as a way to understand how to incorporate play into the therapy process [3.0 CE Hours]

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Supplemental Courses

Additionally, you must choose from the courses below to make up a minimal of 20 Credit Hours. All courses can be accessed as part of your membership subscription.

Receiving Your Certification

Once all requirements are complete, you are required to write a 5-8 page conceptualization paper in addition to submitting your documentation (more info can be found in the FAQ section).

Final papers are to be emailed to:

Certification must be complete within 2 years* Extensions to complete certification will be considered on a case by case basis.

Final Essay

Complete a 5-8 page paper- single spaced, 2500-4000 words (details found in the FAQ PDF below)

Creating a Pathway to Healing: Research, tools, and strategies to help children move from negative mental health outcomes to resiliency.

ICP Rubric- Final Essay

Final papers are to be emailed to:


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