Foundations in ICAMH 4: Supporting the Wellbeing of Infants, Children and Youth

Estimated Duration: 
3 hours

This course provides an overview of how to support infant, child and youth mental health issues and enhance wellbeing.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand engagement approaches when working with Māori and Pacific families/whānau.
  • Understand the key components of a mental health assessment.
  • Understand the key elements of a HEEADSSS assessment.
  • Identify and describe common strengths and protective factors in infants, children and young people.
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of using diagnostic classification systems.
  • Understand the ‘4P Model’ (Predisposing, Precipitating, Perpetuating and Protective) to formulate a clinical scenario using a bio-psycho-social framework.
  • Consider the main concepts of cultural models such as Te Whare Tapa Whā and Fonofale for case formulation.
  • Refresh your knowledge of the legal requirements relevant to infant, child and youth mental health.
  • Understand the key elements of consent and confidentiality with regard to infant, child and youth 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 youth.
  • Understand the context within which the primary-level professional is practising, and improve links with practitioners in primary, secondary and tertiary mental health services.

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


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. It was reviewed by Dr Carin Conaghan MBChB (Otago), FRANZCP in 2018.

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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