Children's Mental Health Graduate Certificate

A Multi-Disciplinary Graduate Certificate cross-listed by the Departments of Psychology, Social Work, and Education.

The Graduate Certificate in Children's Mental Health prepares graduate degree program students and post graduates to practice children's mental health using principles and methods from multidisciplinary sources to assist in the mental health treatment of children and their families. This certificate will strengthen competencies for work in education, social work and psychology jobs that specialize in children's mental health. The program builds on the knowledge and skills acquired through current or previous master's degree study in these or related fields.

The 13-credit graduate certificate is designed to supplement each candidate's existing experience and academic preparation and the extent to which each candidate achieves the program outcomes. Therefore, specific required courses are not listed for some of the course requirements, since individual graduate studies plans may vary considerably based on the prior coursework of each candidate. The faculty advisors will use the program's academic preparation requirements derived from state and national children's mental health workforce competency guidelines to guide coursework selections included on the graduate studies plan.

Students in this program will develop advanced knowledge and competencies for working with children's mental health issues as well as cross-discipline skills for working in Alaska's systems of care. Applicants may either be in a behavioral health graduate degree program or have graduated from an approved graduate degree program.

Student Outcomes

The program is designed to expand specific skills and clinical experiences in children's mental health and allow students to expand their expertise through a multidisciplinary understanding of children's mental health practices in Alaska. Outcomes for the program are based on state and national competency guidelines for children's mental health. Students who complete this program will be able to:

  1. practice within the legal and ethical parameters of the profession;
  2. identify children and their families who are at risk and to assess and intervene properly;
  3. apply a variety of theories and methods of assessment and intervention in their practice;
  4. understand systems of care as they apply to children's mental health; and
  5. assess, collaborate, intervene and document resources and services for children's mental health.

For more information

Patricia Sandberg, PhD
CMH graduate certificate coordinator