Identifying Mental Health and Substance Abuse Problems of Children and Youth - Part 1

$25.00 | CE Hours:5.00 | Intermediate


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CEU Course Description

This course is intended to promote the early identification of children and adolescents with mental health and substance use problems. It addresses the approaches, methods, and strategies used to identify mental health and substance use problems of high-risk youth in settings that serve either a broad spectrum of children and adolescents or a high-risk population.

Author:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  (2011).  Identifying mental health and substance use problems of children and adolescents: A guide for child-serving organizations. (HHS Publication No. SMA 12-4670).  Rockville, MD: Author.

References / Contributions by:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2009). Fatal crashes involving young drivers (Traffic Safety Facts Research Note). Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved January 25, 2011, from (2011). Definition of psychotropic medication [Web site]. Retrieved January 25, 2011, from asp?articlekey=30808

University of Michigan Depression Center. (2010). Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) [Web site]. Retrieved January 25, 2011, from treatmentoptions/Psychotherapy/CBT.asp

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CEU Course Objectives

1. List three factors that can contribute to a higher risk of developing mental health or substance use problems.

2.  Provide four protective factors that can help prevent certain kinds of problems from developing in children and adolescents.

3.  Summarize the goal of identifying children and adolescents with a high likelihood of having mental health and substance use problems.

4.  Describe two fears that caregivers may have regarding mental health treatment.

5.  Determine three questions to ask when selecting a screening tool that best supports the goals selected for early identification.


CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Prevention and Early Identification of Children's and Adolescents' Mental Health and Substance Use Problems

a.  The Importance of Social and Emotional Development

b.  Prevention and Treatment

2.  Understanding the Identification Process and Tools

a.  The Value of Early Identification

b.  Developing an Effective Approach to Improve Identification and Access to Care

c.  Applying Basic Principles to the Design of an Early Identification and Access-to-Care Program

d.  Employing Sound Methods to Identify Children and Adolescents Who May Have a Mental Health or Substance Use Problem

e.  Determining Goals: Populations and Programs of Concern

f.  Selecting an Identification Method

g.  Considering the Culture and Languages of the Groups Being Screened

h.  A Short List of Mental Health and Substance Use / Abuse Screening Tools for Children and Adolescents

3.  Key Steps of Early Identification

a.  Obtaining Informed Parental Consent

b.  Obtaining the Assent of Children and Adolescents

c.  Sizing an Early Identification Program: Estimating the Number of Children and Adolescents Who Will Be Identified With Likely Problems

d.  Ensuring Confidentiality

e.  Administering the Screen

f.  Responding to Screening Results

g.  Communicating Results to Caregivers

h.  Communicating Results to Mature Minors and Young Adults

4.  Partnering for Resources

a.  Benefits of Partnering to Access Community Resources

b.  Potential Partners

c.  Partnership Models



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is offered for this course for social workers (followed by ACE approval statement that is currently on every ACE course page) Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2020 – 01/03/2023.

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