Childhood depression has grown significantly in recent years. Depression impacts home life, social life, school life and every aspect of a child’s being. Sleep is impaired, grades drop and hopelessness and helplessness can lead to despair. This class will explore the signs and symptoms of childhood depression, the “red flags” teachers and parents should be aware of, and the struggles children with depression endure. Information will be presented on how educators need to react to students who display depressive symptoms and how to build a safe and supportive network. Videos highlighting teens who deal with depression from the “inside” will provide the learner with information on how debilitating this condition can be.
Strategies, approaches, techniques and interventions will be discussed on how to remediate and support depressed children within the classroom setting and the home setting. Special note will be given to dealing with children who have experienced a traumatic event such as the pandemic.
Exploring: Childhood Depression is a 1 credit hour, Iowa license renewal course. It is self-paced to be completed within a 4-week window. Students will work independently engaging in lessons, reading articles, accessing videos and completing quizzes. An instructor will always be on hand to ask questions of, to confer with, or offer technical support.
There is NO book required for this class. All materials are provided online.
This class is available for License Renewal, Paraeducator or Audit credit.