Childhood Mental Health Diagnoses


This half day course provides an overview of behavioral health diagnoses typically requiring some type of service intervention. The primary focus of this course is a review of the diagnostic criteria associated with the following diagnoses: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Childhood Bipolar Affective Disorder, Pediatric Depression, Conduct and Oppositional Defiant Disorders and a brief overview of the Pervasive Developmental Disorders. A case-study format, involving small group work, will be used to discuss the importance of differential diagnoses when working with children and adolescents with behavioral health disorders.


Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to

    •        List the three basic symptom categories associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    •        Summarize the main differences between Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
    •        Compare and contrast the symptoms of Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder
    •        Distinguish between ADHD and Childhood Bipolar Affective Disorder

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