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Youth Mental Health: Supporting Young People Using a Trauma-Informed Practice

Counselors, youth workers, and mental health professionals can teach you how to be supportive of young people’s mental health.

Discover expert advice from the Mental Health Foundation

This course will teach you various ways to support young people who have experienced trauma, with a focus on trauma-informed practice. This useful framework, created in collaboration with professionals from the Mental Health Foundation, was initially used to assist young people returning from COVID lockdown. However, the resource can also be used to assist you in supporting young people who are experiencing stress or trauma.

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Understand Adverse Childhood Experiences

You’ll begin by looking into Adverse Childhood Experiences, a term that’s commonly used in child mental health and education. Though the pandemic has been traumatic for many young people, it is not the only source of trauma; therefore, learning how to discuss childhood experiences that may have contributed to trauma is extremely beneficial.

You’ll also consider the role of physical health and how you can help young people maintain their emotional well-being in the face of stress or trauma.

Discover the different factors that affect mental well-being during COVID-19

As lockdowns begin to lift, you’ll consider how young people will cope with the return to ‘normalcy,’ and how you can assist them in overcoming these challenges.

You’ll also learn how COVID-19 and other global crises affect young people’s living conditions and peer isolation.

Learn how to help foster a positive mindset

Finally, you’ll look at the benefits of having a positive mindset and how you can help young people stay positive during stressful times.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to explain some of the underlying factors that contribute to a young person’s well-being, as well as the steps you can take to help a young person make positive changes for their mental health.

When would you like to start?

Begin right away and join a global classroom of students. If the course has not yet begun, a future date will be listed below.

Learning in this course

You can meet other students, share your ideas, and participate in active discussions in the comments at any time during the course.

What will you achieve?

You’ll be able to… by the end of the course.

Explain some of the underlying factors that may contribute to the well-being of a young person.
Determine the actions and role they can play in assisting a young person.
Select appropriate domains from the PEPTALK guide to assessing a young person’s well-being.
Engage young people in the development of strategies for making positive changes in their life.

Who is the course for?

This course is appropriate for anyone working with children or young people who they believe may be struggling to return to full-time education after a period of absence or difficulty in their personal or family lives.



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