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.

As you work through the course any additional resources are listed at the bottom of many pages. These have been collated for your interest and are not mandatory readings.


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 course has been endorsed by The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) and by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) for CME credits for their General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes, and the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) for PD hours.


This content has been developed by Whāraurau, a workforce development centre for child and youth mental health, situated within UniServices, at the University of Auckland. It was reviewed by Dr Carin Conaghan MBChB (Otago), FRANZCP in 2018.


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