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Bridging Education and Mental Health

Earn a Continuing Education Certificate
- 42 clock hours

Beginning Fall 2014: This course will also be offered for academic credit.

The goal of this course is to find common ground between behavioral and therapeutic approaches to supporting children who engage in challenging behavior. The course material expands on both the functional behavioral assessment and relationship-based teaching to explore what causes and sustains maladaptive behavioral patterns in children's actions and interactions and how early childhood professionals can support the healthy social and emotional development of children. A continuum of intervention strategies are offered to address the varying needs of children: typically developing children, children with disabilities, and children with and without disabilities who have experienced trauma, neglect, and other environmental and relationships issues.

The course has eight learning modules:

Module 1: Understanding the Philosophies and Theories Associated with BEAM

Module 2: Developing and Maintaining Positive Relationships with Children

Module 3: Developing and Maintaining Positive Relationships with Colleagues

Module 4: Environments and Experiences that Enhance Children's Development

Module 5: Interventions for Instruction and Interaction

Module 6: Assessment--Asking Why Tells Us How

Module 7: Child-specific Interventions

Module 8: Putting It All Together

This online course is approved by the Minnesota Center for Professional Development to count toward career lattice steps and approved by the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) for their members (ICEA accepts a maximum of 24 clock hours per course).

Next session: June 2 to August 4, 2014

Cost

$290 plus required textbook

Registration

To register for clock hours:

  1. Please read important information in About Online Courses.
  2. Register and pay online. You will receive a confirmation of registration.
  3. You will be emailed getting started instructions, including how to access the course site, on the Friday before the session begins.

NOTE: If you desire a certificate for administrative clock hours, you must email a request to Karen Anderson at ander352@umn.edu PRIOR to the start of the session. We must submit administrative clock hour requests to the Minnesota Department of Education and they will not accept requests after the course has begun.

Required Textbook

Please purchase the required textbook prior to the start of the session:

Koplow, L. (Ed.)(2007)(second edition). Unsmiling faces: How preschools can heal. New York: Teachers College Press.

Leah Hjelseth, Instructor

Leah HjelsethLeah Hjelseth is a school psychologist in the Twin Cities area and has worked on various projects at CEED. Most recently, she worked on a multi-year research and training project focused on early childhood social-emotional development, mental health and challenging behaviors called Bridging Education and Mental Health or BEAM. Her current training, research, and teaching interests center around addressing challenging behavior in early childhood and early childhood social-emotional development. Leah received her Specialist Certificate in School Psychology and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Psychology with a thesis examining the effects of intensive coaching on teacher behavior aimed at decreasing challenging behavior in children and facilitating social-emotional development. 

Leah teaches CEED's online course Bridging Education and Mental Health, which she has taught since January of 2005, and previously taught the course Addressing the Needs of Young Children with Challenging Behavior.

Cynthia Croft, Instructor

Cynthia CroftCynthia Croft is Director of the Center for Inclusive Child Care at Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota where she also serves as faculty in the College of Education. She is adjunct faculty at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and teaches for the Minnesota on-line Eager To Learn program. She has her M.A. in Education with Early Childhood Emphasis. She has authored The Six Keys: Strategies for Promoting Children's Mental Health in Early Childhood Programs and co-authored Children and Challenging Behavior: Making Inclusion Work with Deborah Hewitt. In addition, she has edited two children's books series, Helping Youth with Mental, Physical, & Social Challenges for Mason Crest Publishers.

Cindy teaches CEED's online course Bridging Education and Mental Health.

Comments from Participants

"Thanks! Wow! Good ideas to try in my practice."

"I did have a great success with BEAM material today. The child that hits stopped hitting as she had access to the open-ended snack. As this happened, she also made friends with [another child that] does not have other friends, so this was a bonus that we hadn't anticipated to occur."

"Myself and my two staff in the Preschool Room have really learned a lot from this class and have already seen changes in behaviors as we redesigned our classroom and added auditory cues for transitions, etc. I would highly recommend this class for everyone."

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Upcoming Sessions

  • Summer 2014: June 2 to August 4, 2014
  • Fall 2014: September 29 to December 1, 2014

Questions?

If you have further questions or would like a sample syllabus, please contact Karen Anderson, CEED Online Course Manager, at 612-625-6617 or ander352@umn.edu.

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