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Evaluating Interactions Between Youth and Mental Health Professionals

Course #: 06-804

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CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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CE Course Description

Although mental health concerns about youth are well-documented, few reports about how youth perceive mental health interactions are written. The purpose of this intermediate level continuing education course, developed using information from the PLOS ONE journal, is to summarize interviews with young people who participated in a universal mental health promotion program. The intent is to address mental health in terms relevant to youth while giving them a safe space for reflection, role-play, and discussion and to learn more about their experiences.

CE Course Objectives

1. Identify the components of the universal mental health promotion program, Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM).

2. Describe professional habits and biases that may hinder the clinician’s ability to understand the experiences of youth.

3. Summarize results of interviews conducted by mental health researchers with youth about YAM and mental health. 

4. Outline the categories of youth experiences that were observed and summarize the types of interactions that occurred between the clinicians and the youth.

5. Discuss how youth perceive and react to language and terminology used by clinical professionals, and how power differences can easily occur.

6. Evaluate the degree to which the YAM experience provides youth with a safe space for play and discussion.

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