New practitioner course on child wellbeing launched
A new online course that helps practitioners who work with parents identify issues and concerns around their child’s mental health has been launched by Emerging Minds – the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health.
The Parenting Research Centre is a key partner in this Federal Government-funded venture, along with the Australian Institute of Family Studies, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian National University.
The Building Blocks course, which we helped develop, explores the foundations of children’s social and emotional wellbeing. Its key concepts focus on a child’s development within the context of their family, community and networks.
It looks at the factors that influence social and emotional development, such as the parent-child relationship, the family environment, developmental age and stage, family culture and spirituality, educational settings, and neighbourhood and community resources.
And it encourages practitioners to develop understandings of and build partnerships with these important factors in the child’s life.
Building Blocks is aimed at anyone who works with parents of children aged 0-12 years. Allied health professionals, nurses, general practitioners, social services and early childhood education and care professionals will all benefit from learning how to work collaboratively with parents to provide them with effective and quality information and resources to support their children’s social and emotional wellbeing.
“This initiative is putting evidence-based tools into the hands of a wide range of professionals who work with children, parents and families,” said Parenting Research Centre Acting CEO Associate Professor Julie Green.
“Regardless of whether they are allied health or medical professionals or whether they work in, social services or early childhood education and care, all professionals will benefit from the insights they’ll gain from Building Blocks.”
The course takes six to seven hours to complete but can be done in several sessions at a person’s own pace.