Child and Adolescent Mental Health

School Psychology

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

With the number of mental health issues in children and adolescents increasing every year, there is a need for a comprehensive, practical course of study that guides professionals through the complexities of child and adolescent mental health and addresses the burgeoning problem of unresolved mental health concerns among children and youth.

  • Admissions Requirements
    Direct Admit Scholars

    To be considered for direct admission into the School of Education, students must first be admitted to IU with an intended major within the School of Education. Students who meet the Direct Admit Scholars qualifications are invited to apply to the program.

    Certification from University Division

    Students should meet with a University Division advisor, who can provide guidance in meeting certification requirements. These requirements include:

    • An overall IU grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher
    • 30 credit hours of college level coursework completed
    • Completion of EDUC-G203: Communication for Youth Serving Professionals, with a grade of C or better. (Under certain circumstances, students may substitute another college level public speaking or interpersonal communication class.)

    Learn more about how to apply

  • Financial Aid

    We offer a range of scholarships for qualified students. Current students can be considered for most School of Education scholarships by completing one application each year.

    We also encourage students to visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.

    If you are a prospective student who applies to our Direct Admit Scholars program, you’ll be considered for scholarship opportunities as an entering freshman.

  • Licensing

    While this minor does not lead to a license to practice professional counseling or licensure in any other professional helping field, it is the perfect addition to your education degree.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 American children between the ages of 3 and 17 years old have a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder.
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; 2019)
  • 1 in 4 students have experienced some type of traumatic event that impacts behavior and learning in school.
    National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2008)
  • Reports of child abuse in the state of Indiana are steadily on the rise, with an average of more than one report every two and a half minutes.
    Indiana Youth Institute (2019)
  • Indiana ranks second in the nation for rates of child abuse and neglect.
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2019)

This Undergraduate Minor is designed for students interested in education, psychology, medicine, social work and public health who want to focus their career aspirations on children and adolescents.

You’ll develop the skills necessary to successfully integrate the knowledge of child and adolescent mental health into their service/profession as it relates to the social and cultural context of mental health, mental illness, diagnosis and treatment, with coursework that reflects research‐based, developmentally appropriate practices for addressing children’s mental health issues.

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