The Institute of Child Psychology

Certification in Children's Mental Health Fundamentals

Who Is This For?

The Certification in Children’s Mental Health Fundamentals  is designed for individuals 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: introductory child psychology, essentials of interpersonal neurobiology, attachment-based interventions, child emotion regulation, and evidence-based parenting practices.

How To Become Certified!

    • You have up to 2 years* to finish the course requirements below.
    • As long as you are on our monthly membership ($15.99/month) all the courses needed for certification can be taken as part of your subscription; you DO NOT have to pay for individual courses.
    • Certificates will only be mailed to Canadian residents. Individuals residing outside of Canada will be emailed a PDF copy.

Mandatory Core Courses

ALL 6 must be completed

*All courses can be accessed as part of your membership subscription

Compassionate Discipline

(Approx. 6.5 hours Instruction)

Final Quiz to be completed - 20 Questions

This course will begin with an overview of neurological development of children and how this accounts for their struggles with emotion regulation and impulse control. A thorough overview of attachment will be covered: parents will be able to identify and comprehend their current attachment style with their child, how that impacts behaviour, and how to strengthen the attachment should their be issues with connecting.

The Impact of Technology in Children and Youth

(Approx. 3.0 hours Instruction)

Final Quiz to be completed - 20 Questions

The use of technology in homes has increased rapidly over the past decade. Although helpful in many ways, it has also triggered many questions. In this online workshop, parents and professionals will explore concrete, research-based strategies geared to help children and teens manage screen use. This online workshop will empower the adults in a child’s life to make informed, practical decisions regarding technology use at home and in the classroom.

The Making of the Resilient Child

(Approx. 6.5 hours Instruction)

Final Quiz to be completed - 20 Questions

In nurturing resiliency- based skills early on in life, you proactively guide your child, or the children you work with, towards living a life of courage, authenticity and passion. This course focuses on practical skills to hep your child, or the children you work with, to develop GRIT, to foster a Growth Mindset, to enhance social and emotional intelligence, and to face life with braveness, kindness, and gratitude.

Childhood Anxiety: Helping Children Heal

(Approx. 9.5 hours Instruction)

Final Quiz to be completed - 30 Questions

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.

Childhood Trauma: Finding a Way Through

(Approx. 6.5 hours Instruction)

Final Quiz to be completed - 20 Questions

Trauma can significantly impact a child, and those caring for them are often left with questions about how to best help. Children with trauma can present significant challenges, and they often display patterns of behaviour that can strain the relationship between the child and those caring for them.

Interpersonal Neurobiology Made Easy

(Approx. 6.5 hours Instruction)

Final Quiz to be completed - 10 Questions

Children who have experienced optimal environments tend to have a greater ability to make decisions, exhibit greater physical and emotional control, have a fuller self-understanding, engage in stronger relationships, and are able to excel in new and challenging experiences.

"The mental health of our children must be seen as every bit as important as their physical health."

Supplemental Courses

Additionally, you must choose from the courses below to make up minimally 9.5 Credits:
*All courses can be accessed as part of your membership subscription

Power of Play

Credit Hours - 1.5

In this course you will learn to understand a child’s play and the benefits to using (and encouraging) “play” to help a child develop resilience. We will also explore how play is related to development of the brain, and how play deprivation can adversely affect children. Strategies on how to engage with a child in their play to help them overcome issues related to anger, sadness, trauma, difficult transitions or behavioural issues will also be explored.

Childhood Anger: Working Through Tempers

Credit Hours - 6.5

A child’s anger can be emotionally and physically draining for everyone involved. This online course will empower parents and caregivers to proactively and lovingly help children during these challenging moments. The course will begin with an overview of the neurobiological roots of aggression; followed by an in-depth exploration of triggers; and relationship based tools and strategies which nurture emotional health and connection.

Understanding The Highly Sensitive Child

Credit Hours - 3.0

A highly sensitive child [HSC] is one of the fifteen to twenty percent of children born with a nervous system that is highly aware and quick to react to everything. This makes them quick to grasp subtle changes, prefer to reflect deeply before acting, and generally behave conscientiously. They are also easily overwhelmed by high levels of stimulation, sudden changes, and the emotional distress of others (Aron, 2018). In this online workshop parents, caregivers, and professionals will learn to better understand these children and ways to help them manage in the home and the classroom.

Helping Children Through Separation & Divorce

Credit Hours - 1.5

Divorce and parental separation is becoming more common and each children responds differently. In this online course parents, caregivers, family mediators and mental health professionals will learn about helping children cope with divorce/separation. This course will equip you with the knowledge to navigate the many landmines that comes with this transition, how to help your child or a child you work with heal, and move forward with resiliency.

ADHD: From Struggling to Thriving

Credit Hours - 6.5

This online workshop 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.

Classroom Mental Health

Credit Hours - 6.5

This online course, developed for educators, will help them decode behaviours, understand the signs of common psychological issues, and empower them with the tools to help bring students to a place of connection and safety. Educators will gain a toolbox of strategies to help children who are struggling with relationships in the classroom, anxiety, emotional regulation, depression and attention- based issues. Connection, co-regulation, respectful communication and resilience are central themes in helping you to create a classroom that is inclusive, safe, and deeply accepting of all students.

Helping Children with Grief and Loss

Credit Hours - 3.5

In this course, we overview and define the multiple types of losses that can cause grief. Parents and caregivers are provided with a set of skills and a new sense of empowerment that will allow them to better recognize grief within their child and help them move towards recovery after a loss. This course also explores unconventional losses related to unique situations such as COVID-19.

Depression in Children

Credit Hours - 6.0

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.

Final Essay

Once all requirements are complete, you are required to write a 3-5 page conceptualization paper on:

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

Final papers are to be emailed to:

Receiving Your Certification

Once all requirements are complete, your certification will be mailed to you*. You will also receive a full transcript of courses completed.
*Individuals residing outside of Canada must pay for shipping costs, otherwise they will only be provided a PDF certificate.

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