The UK-based University of Essex recently announced it is launching a paid online series on mental health in children. The courses will be of interest to those who work with children, as well as teachers and parents, the university said. The series starts on May 13 and will run until May 29.
The courses provide insight into issues such as body image disorder, gender identity issues, self-harm, challenging behavior and interventions such as psychodynamic counseling and the positive role of schools. The courses are led by PPP tutors, all experts in their field. As informed by the institute, participation in these courses is free and open to all, but those who are interested in using them must pre-register on the official website.
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Chris Tanner, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (PPS) at the University of Essex, said: “We are delighted to be running this series of free courses.”
The introductory series on May 13 will be delivered by Dr Chris Nicholson, Head of the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, who will hold a session on Understanding and Working with Self-Harm. The next series will have sessions that include “Why aren’t they behaving? Why can’t they learn?”, and Under Pressure: Therapeutic Work in Residential Children’s Homes?.
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The final session is called ‘Be Yourself’, which looks at how the use of a virtual reality environment can be used for early assessment and prevention in children and adolescents with early signs of body image disorder and gender identity problems. One of the sessions is also for those who work with traumatized children.
The online talks also offer a taste of the Foundation Degree/BA Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organizations – a course that attracts professionals already working in mental health, as informed by the university.
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