Understanding Mental Health and Mental Illness

3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for CPD Participants Only

Mental health and illness is a component of teaching that has evolved and increased in importance in recent years. The role of the teacher does not include diagnosis or treatment recommendations for student with mental health diagnosis. It does include: teaching of mental health literacy; responding to student’s/parent’s concerns by supportive listening and referral to the most appropriate person within the school to help address those concerns (such as a counselor, social worker, psychologist) and providing ongoing academically appropriate support to the student as part of the school’s integrated response to the student’s needs. Educators in this course will examine methods for addressing the mental health of their students through academic supports, interventions and relationship building

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for K-12, regular and special education teachers, PPS Staff.

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What You Will Learn

  • Gain a handful of strategies and method for utilizing social emotional learners in their classroom to develop critical thinking an problem-solving skills 
  • Research and analyze methods for increased student motivation, retention, and performance
  • Create lessons and and unit plans 


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

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Save money by earning credit for work you completed and get one step closer to salary advancement.

Work Towards a Degree

Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.