Adolescents and Mental Health Interventions

Developed in partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.

Who is this for?

This microcredential aims to address the gap in mental health care environment and better prepare interprofessional healthcare workforces (allied health, social work etc.) who are working in mental health care settings.


This microcredential is designed to teach you how to apply evidence-based interventions to support adolescents in various developmental stages. Through our program, you will learn how to facilitate meaningful engagement with adolescent patients/clients, set appropriate boundaries, and monitor their safety. You will also gain practical skills in collaborating with families to support adolescent recovery and develop a deeper understanding of the unique challenges and needs of this population. Learners will apply nursing interventions to scenarios with adolescents in mental healthcare who are in various developmental stages.


In partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences


Week 1: Welcome

Week 2: Adolescent Development
Adolescent Brain
Developmental Stages in Adolescents
Common Adolescent Mental Illnesses
Significance of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)

Week 3: Building Meaningful Engagement
Overcoming Clinician Uncertainty, Stigma, and Bias of Adolescents
Being Mindful of Adolescent Identity
Active Listening with Adolescents
Staff Splitting and Setting Boundaries

Week 4: Adolescent Safety
Protecting Adolescent from Self Harm
Mitigating Risk during Crisis
Monitoring Medication with Adolescents

Week 5: Family and Community Engagement
Family Inclusion in Adolescent Recovery
Community Reintegration with Adolescents

Week 6: Review
Law and Legislation in Adolescent Mental Health
Key Takeaways

Learner Benefits

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the course start?

    Facilitator-led course start times can be found next to the course names and descriptions.
  • How much time is required of me?

    Microcredentials typically require between 2-3 hours a week of course work. For Facilitator- led microcredentials, there is one hour a week of on-line instruction from the facilitator.
  • Do I have to show up for class?

    Attendance during facilitated time is highly recommended as it provides the most value to the microcredentials with time to learn from industry experts, network with classmates, and deeper understanding of content. However, attendance is not mandatory and all sessions are recorded and posted afterwards on the learning platform.
  • How am I evaluated?

    What makes a TALENT microcredential different is the final assessment. There are weekly multiple choice questions that will guide your learning progress then learners are given a final assignment where they will apply their learning to a practical assignment. A facilitator will evaluate the final assignment and award a digital badge if the final assignment is completed successfully.
  • How long is the course?

    Microcredentials are 6 weeks long with 2-3 hours a week of course work.
  • Will this microcredential get me a job?

    Microcredentials are a great way to differentiate yourself when searching for a job. The digital badge can be added to social platforms and resumes to demonstrate your skills. TALENT works closely with learners to guide and advise on learner's career journeys.
  • Is there any financial assistance?

    We never want finances to be a reason why learners can't improve their skills and gain meaningful employment. If you have any questions about financial assistance, please reach out to us directly (

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