Foundations in ICAMH 4: Supporting Mental Health

Estimated Duration: 
3 hours

This course is part of the series: Foundations in Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health. They are an introduction for primary-level professionals who want to improve their knowledge, skills and attitudes for working with infants, children and adolescents with, or at risk of having, mental health, alcohol or drug issues.

There are four courses in the Foundations in ICAMH series. In each course you will learn about normal childhood development as well as common issues and problems related to each stage of a child’s life.

  • Foundations in ICAMH 1: Infant Mental Health 
  • Foundations in ICAMH 2: Child Mental Health  
  • Foundations in ICAMH 3: Adolescent Mental Health
  • Foundations in ICAMH 4: Supporting the Mental Health of Infants, Children and Adolescents.

These courses are all available in the Goodfellow Learning catalogue.

You may view each course individually and complete all or individual courses.

Alternately, you may choose to complete all four courses and a separate 30 minute end-of-course assessment to gain Werry Centre Accreditation. If you answer over 80% of these questions correctly, you will receive a final certificate stating that you have achieved a level of knowledge equivalent to the Werry Centre's Primary Level of Real Skills Plus.  This may be useful as evidence of your clinical knowledge during future workplace based competency evaluations and performance appraisals.

Welcome to Supporting the Mental Health of Infants, Children and Adolescents

This course provides an overview of how to manage infant, child and adolescent mental health issues. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the key components of a mental health assessment.
  • Understand the key elements of a HEEADSS assessment.
  • Identify and describe some mental state observations from clinical simulations. 
  • Specify factors that will lead children and adolescents to be at risk of self-harm or of harming others; identify and describe some common strengths and protective factors in infants, children and young people.
  • Understand engagement approaches when working with Māori and Pacific families/whānau.
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of using diagnostic classification systems. 
  • Apply knowledge of diagnostic classification systems to recognise aspects of commonly seen disorders in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
  • Apply the ‘4P Model’ (Predisposing, Precipitating, Protective and Perpetuating) to formulate a clinical scenario using a bio-psycho-social framework.
  • Consider the main concepts of cultural models such as Te Whare Tapa Wha and Fonofale for case formulation.
  • Recall basic knowledge of the legal requirements relevant to child and adolescent mental health.
  • Understand the key elements of consent and confidentiality with regard to child and adolescent mental health.
  • Identify practical strategies including motivational approaches, problem solving and activity scheduling in primary-level settings to assist with the common problems seen in infants, children and adolescents.
  • Understand the context within which the primary-level professional is practising, and improve links with practitioners in primary, secondary and tertiary mental health services.

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At the end of this course you will find a short quiz designed to help consolidate your learning. After completion, hit the 'Submit' button to get your certificate for three hours of CME.


This content has been developed by the Werry Centre, a research, teaching and workforce development centre for child and adolescent mental health, situated within the Department of Psychological Medicine and Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health, one of the five Schools within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.


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