The study of the mental development of the young child

Great student experiences make a difference. It’s a great time the study of the mental development of the young child be at Seneca.

Seneca’s campuses are located in Toronto, York Region and Peterborough. The proof is in our graduates. Seneca is at the forefront of providing student-focused teaching and learning that is redefining how people think about postsecondary education. This two semester Ontario College Graduate Certificate prepares front line service providers with the skills and qualifications to provide mental health support to infants, children, and their families. The combination of theoretical and practical course content provides students with the knowledge, skills, and judgment to contribute to positive mental health when working with infants, children, families, or in community settings. The program is designed for front line service providers or recent graduates of programs such as, early childhood education, child and youth worker, health practitioners, community and social service workers, and recreational therapists working with infants, children, and families who wish to obtain a specialization in mental health to better support infants and their families.

Note: There is a mandatory field placement in either first or second semester. Students will be required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Police Check, an up to date medical form, and Standard First Aid and CPR. The documents will be validated by a third party. The early years have a unique and formative impact on development, relationships, functioning and overall health outcomes throughout life. The robust body of research and literature on early childhood development, including early mental health confirms that adversities such as: abuse, neglect, trauma can have a profound and devastating effect on brain development, emotional functioning and physical and mental health outcomes. This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Ontario university or college degree, or three-year college diploma or equivalent. We will consider applicants with a two-year college diploma and six months of work experience in the field of early childhood development or a related discipline. Résumé and references must be provided. English Proficiency at the postsecondary level. Applicants living in the city of Toronto can expect to wait a minimum of 8-12 weeks to receive a Police Check.