Gain a practical, science-informed approach toward helping children be happier and healthier, with the tools to handle challenging behavior, encourage social connection, and support mental health.
It’s well known that childhood plays a significant role in the shaping of physically and mentally healthy adults. Positive social, environmental, and behavioral factors can contribute towards a child thriving in later life. However, not all children are the same: each requires a unique approach, and it’s imperative that the role of individual identity development within supportive environments is recognized.
Study child psychology from this important perspective in the Child Development: Behavior and Mental Health online short course, designed by child development experts from the Stanford Center for Health Education (SCHE), part of Stanford Medicine. By capitalizing on each child’s personal interests and motivations, you'll learn to create a space that fosters positive interactions and optimal learning. Over the course of six weeks, you’ll look at practical, science-based approaches to encourage a child’s innate learning abilities, and positive behavioral discipline techniques to prevent and address children acting out. You’ll also explore the impact of parenting and grasp the importance of a child’s social connection with adults and peers. Lastly, the course examines the steps you can take to support a child’s mental health, in order to help them develop in a healthy and happy way.
On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:
Practical, science-based strategies toward supporting the development of happier and healthier children.
Positive behavioral interventions to help you manage challenging behavior in children, with the skills to identify and support mental-health concerns.
Key insight into the importance of social connection, helping you to encourage a child’s healthy social development.
Learn to support a child’s mental health and positive social relationships as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.
Orientation moduleWelcome to your Online Campus
Module 1Diverse drivers of positive development
Module 2From birth to school — developmental milestones
Module 3The parenting experience
Module 4Building peer connections
Module 5Challenging behavior — what it means and how to respond
Module 6Supporting child mental health
Please note that module titles and their contents are subject to change during course development.
Is this course for you?
Professionals who engage with children, either in educational or healthcare contexts, will benefit from this practical, science-informed online course. These individuals will gain the techniques and knowledge to better support a child’s development while working in roles within the medical or healthcare industry, such as physicians, pediatric specialists, therapists, and social workers. Those within child-related occupations, including teachers, parents, caregivers, and school counselors, will have the opportunity to study positive child-rearing approaches and key developmental milestones. All learners will walk away with a clear, in-depth understanding of how to support and encourage a child as they develop — socially, emotionally, and physically.
An online education that sets you apart
This Stanford Center for Health Education online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Join a growing community of global professionals who have already benefited from the opportunity to:
Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from an international selection of universities, entirely online and in your own time.
Enjoy a personalized, people-mediated online learning experience created to make you feel supported at every step.
Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones.