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Mental Health & Trauma Awareness (EA 2055)

Mental Health & Trauma Awareness (EA 2055)


Length of Course: 25 hours


Course Description:


Students will learn about the characteristics of children/youth with mental health challenges such as Depression, Anxiety, among others. They will explore their own views and societal views about mental health and mental illness. Students will learn about the effects of trauma, especially Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). They will also explore ways to support students with mental health challenges in a school environment as well as learn about community support.


Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Explore their own views and different societal perspectives about Mental Health
  • Understand the distinction between Mental Health and Mental Illness
  • Develop an understanding of various Mental Health disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, etc.)
  • Recognize contributing factors of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Develop an understanding of trauma-informed practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the terms FIGHT, FLIGHT, FREEZE, FAWN (people- pleasing, avoiding conflict, prioritizing others needs over own, difficulty saying “no”
  • Develop an understanding of how poor states in Mental Health and Wellness can have adverse effects on daily life such as high-risk behaviour, substance abuse, self-harm, suicide, among other concerns
  • Develop an awareness of different Mental Health treatments and interventions such as the medical model (i.e., medication), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mental Health First Aid, among other supports
  • Develop an awareness of community support and resources for Mental Health

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