Date: October 13 – November 12, 2021
Course #: LR 288:715
Credit Hours: 1
Registration Deadline: October 13 @ 5:00 p.m.
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-study and 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.
By the end of the course, participants will…
1. Understand the prevalence and impact of childhood depression;
2. Be able to identify signs & symptoms of depression in students; and
3. Know & be able to implement classroom strategies that support students with childhood depression.
How Does This Course Support The Iowa Core?
Students should have a good understanding of their health (health literacy) both mental and physical. These essential skills, needed to maintain mental and physical well-being, provide the 21st century citizen with the tools necessary to live a happy, healthy and productive life.
*Prevalence & Types of Depression
*Comorbidity: When Depression Co-exists with Other Disorders
*ADHD & Depression
*Risk Factors: Biological, Psychological, and Environmental
*Symptoms In and Out of the Classroom
*Suicide & Other Serious Consequences
*Students Speak about Depression
*Common Depression Treatments & School Based Programs
*Tips for Parents
*Parenting During a Pandemic: COVID-19 and Depression
*Teaching During a Pandemic: COVID-19 and Depression
*Strategies for Classroom Teachers and the Leadership
This is a 1 credit hour Iowa license renewal only course. Grading is Pass/Fail. Students are required to pass all tests/quizzes with scores of 80% or better to receive Pass grade and receive credit.
All materials are provided online.
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