Mental Health Prevention Programs and Process

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2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Become a Leader with Mental Health First Response Awareness - A Fully Online Program

Mental Health Prevention Programs and Process is one of five courses in the Mental Health First Response Certificate program. The main focus of this course is crisis prevention and response coordination efforts. It is said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; certainly no better example could be found than that of mental health prevention measures. School systems have historically been reactive rather than proactive when it comes to mental health issues. This course is designed to tackle those tough topics related to mental health prevention including public and private fears concerning "labels," privacy and confidentiality, why school based mental health prevention services are needed more now than ever and prior precedents. Emphasis will be on creating age appropriate prevention measures that are proactive, yet sensitive to the concerns of parents and community.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for K-12 educators, as well as other school professionals, such as school nurses, psychologists, counselors and administrators. Parents and school volunteers can also benefit from this program.

Course Materials: Text, , by Victoria Damiani, available at your local bookstore or online at .

Also required for Module 4 is the film, , by Lee Hirsch (2012). This is available online to rent or purchase.

Suggested Ancillary Resource, (paperback), by Gerald Koocher and Annette La Greca, available at your local bookstore or online at .

Technical Requirements


EDU-X791J, Introduction to Mental Health First Response is recommended, but not required, to be taken prior to taking this course.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDU-X792J – 035 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $317

Mental Health Prevention Programs and Process

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Monica Hubert

Once you have enrolled in your course, to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

What You Will Learn

  • Become familiar with tiers of prevention, active listening, signs and symptoms of mental or emotional distress among children
  • Identify commonly encountered issues in school such as bullying, ostracized students, etc.
  • Be able to discuss the pros and the cons associated with school-based mental health prevention programs in a meaningful manner. Issues such as parental concern over "labeling," stigma associated with mental health issues and other concerns will be addressed
  • Recognize and know how to respond to privacy and confidentiality concerns, legal issues and other student rights related to emotional health
  • Understand the importance of taking a proactive versus a reactive approach to school-based mental health prevention services


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