Undergraduate students looking to deepen their understanding of mental health in children and youth can now study a new minor from the IU School of Education.
The Minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health for undergraduate students introduces content related to the mental health needs and development of children and adolescents, according to Clinical Assistant Professor Heather Ormiston. It also fills a need for such programs, with this minor only the third of its kind in the country.
That need is critical: the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; 2019) estimates 1 in 5 American children between the ages of 3 and 17 years old have a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder. Within the state, the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative indicates 36% of children ages 0-17 have experienced at least one or two adverse childhood experiences, indicative of some type of childhood trauma. Tragically, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2019), Indiana ranks second in the nation for rates of child abuse and neglect. As Ormiston notes, these statistics demonstrate the crucial and indispensable need the children of Indiana have in relation to mental health.