Learning Programs

Applying the Mental Health Principles

An eLearning Program

About Applying the Mental Health Principles

This learning program will provide an overview of the Principles to Inform Child Welfare Decision-Making Regarding Mental Health Issues, more commonly known as the Mental Health Principles, and information on how to apply them. Through interactive case studies, participants will learn about best practices when working with children and families impacted by mental health concerns. Learners will also review how application of the Mental Health Principles can help address the stigma, discrimination and trauma often experienced by families affected by mental health concerns within the child welfare system.

Who Should Enroll?

This course is designed for direct service staff and supervisors in child welfare.

Benefits of the Program

Participants will:

  • Recognize the Mental Health Principles and their importance to child welfare case practice.
  • Apply the Mental Health Principles to decision making regarding mental health issues.
  • Learn about the training and consultation resources available to support working effectively with families where mental health issues are present.

Course Prerequisites

Prior to attending this course, it is recommended that learners take:

  • “Trauma: How it Impacts the Brain, Development and Behavior” eLearning program offered through the ACS Workforce Institute, or an equivalent.

Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • An online pre-test.
  • An interactive, one hour eLearning program.
  • An online post-test.

Completion of all components is necessary in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Continuing Education Units

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0402. This course is 1 contact hours/.1 CEUs. CEU credit is contingent upon completion of all course components.