Children’s Mental Health
Children’s Mental Health Certificate Program
The Children’s Mental Health Certificate was developed in collaboration with area agencies and organizations serving children and families in New Mexico, alumni working with children, adolescents and families, and other professionals in the field. On a national level it is also understood that there is a demand across the country for people who are passionate and skilled in nurturing the well-being of children, adolescents and families. In New Mexico there is a particular need for clinicians who have focused training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues which affect and impact children and teens. (Note: Scholarships are available for this program through the financial aid office. For more information, email Christy Martinez, Financial Aid Administrator)
2 required core courses
and 4 elective courses
*Southwestern College students may take these courses at the Continuing Education price unless they are using the course to meet graduate program degree requirements.
- Ethical Issues in Working With Children and Families
- Attachment: The Heart of Well-Being in Children
Elective Courses: (subject to change)
- Holistic Development of Mental Health for Children from Diverse Cultures
- Prevalent Behavioral Disorders in Children and Adolescents
- Restoring Hope: Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention and Intervention for Youth
- Grief and Loss in a Child’s World
- Adolescents and Addictions: Prevention and Treatment
- Gender and Sexual Identity Development
- Foundations of Jungian Sandplay Therapy, Level 1
- Neuropsychology of Sandplay and Trauma, Level 2
Program Learning Outcomes:
Students will demonstrate familiarity with essential elements that support and nurture children’s mental health, including primary attachment relationships, effective attuned parenting and teaching, developing self-esteem, creative expression and age appropriate self-determination.
Students will demonstrate increasing skill at identifying children’s developmental needs and choosing best practice approaches and interventions to serve their social, emotional, relational, and mental health needs. A modern understanding of healthy brain development is included.
ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR
Students will demonstrate a compassionate embracing of a wide range of children’s issues, backgrounds, and diverse origins, along with a clear interest in ethical and compassionate problem solving for both groups and individual children.
Where you might use these skills:
- Behavioral health agencies serving children and families Hospitals, Residential Treatment and Detention Facilities
- Schools, preschools, and day care sites
- After-school and recreational programs
- Private practice
Cynthia Fulreader, M.A., LPC, has over 35 years of professional experience in Children’s Mental Health as a therapist working with individuals, couples, children and families. She has directed several non-profits in Connecticut and New Mexico. She has served as a bi-lingual school counselor and program consultant. She has held numerous positions over her long career including Director of the Lyme’s Youth Service Bureau in Old Lyme, CT; Founder and Counselor for the Children of Alcoholics After School Project on the Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux Reservation in SD; Home Visiting Family Therapist with Santa Fe’s New Vistas Early Childhood Program for families at risk; Bi-lingual Family Therapist and Mental Health Consultant at UNM Children’s Hospital; Child and Family Therapist at Su Vida in Santa Fe; Director of the Santa Fe Children’s Project, United Way of Santa Fe County; School Counselor and Parent Educator for the Santa Fe Public Schools; and Director and Therapist in her own program of 25 years, Santa Fe Counseling & Consulting. Click here to read full bio.