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Adolescent Mental Health Certificate

In today’s world, there are several unique challenges facing kids and teens as they grow up. As a result, knowing how to address adolescent mental health is becoming increasingly important. Become informed and earn a certificate with this course.

Key Program Information
Next Session June 20, 2024 – June 21, 2024
Metropolis Resort
5150 Fariview Drive
Eau Claire, WI 54701

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This program meets from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Addressing adolescent mental health

As noted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one in five adolescents has a serious mental health disorder at some point in their life. Furthermore, over half of all mental health problems begin by age 14. Those working and living with adolescents are sometimes left wondering how best to help them meet their evolving needs. Additionally, countless studies have conveyed a need to improve adolescent mental health programming. 

Earning this certificate will provide you with practical tools and skills you need to work with young people experiencing mental health problems in a variety of settings.

Upon completion of the certificate, you will:

  • Have a broad understanding of adolescent mental health issues including behavior problems, anxiety, and depression.
  • Be able to conceptualize adolescent mental health problems from a developmental, preventative perspective.
  • Develop and implement intervention approaches that are evidence-based, stress practicality and client acceptability, and involve the adolescent’s family and school.

This two-day training will be broken into four sections.

Section 1 An Introduction to Adolescent Mental Health: Identifying and Conceptualizing Adolescent Problems

We will cover topics involving adolescent mental/behavioral health including an introduction to the field of adolescent mental health, assessment of common adolescent mental health problems, ways to think about causes of adolescent mental health problems, and interpretations of adolescent behavior. You will gain knowledge about adolescent mental health practices that stress a scientific yet user-friendly methodology.

Section 2 Practical Solutions to Adolescent Behavior Problems: Helping Parents Manage Teenager Behavior

The next focus will be on preventative practices within adolescent mental health and evidence-based yet practical solutions to adolescent behavior problems including noncompliance, aggression, and delinquency. An emphasis will be placed on providing you with strategies for parents to use with their teenagers. Topics will include effective communication with adolescents, social skill building, discipline, and restoring nurturance and tenderness in the parent-adolescent relationship.

Section 3 The Nuts and Bolts of Adolescent Anxiety: Practical Approaches and Therapeutic Interventions

Learn about adolescent anxiety including generalized anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. You will explore a model to conceptualize adolescent anxiety that considers the developmental aspects of adolescence and psychopathological perspectives of anxiety. Practical therapeutic approaches for treatment that emphasize the development of self-regulation skills and anxiety management strategies.

Section 4 Teenagers in Despair: Helping Adolescents Manage Depression and Other Mood Problems

Explore prevention and treatment strategies for adolescent depression and other mood problems including problematic moodiness and suicidal ideation and behavior. An emphasis will be placed on understanding adolescent mood problems from a developmental framework and how practitioners can respond when treating adolescent depression. Drawing upon multiple theoretical perspectives, you will discover a treatment model that capitalizes on the adolescent’s strengths and enhances the adolescent’s skills.

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Who should attend

Social workers, school counselors, licensed professional counselors, therapists, school administrators, educators, nurses, and other professionals with an interest in adolescent mental health.


  • Dr. Michael Axelrod

    Michael I. Axelrod, Ph.D. is currently the director of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Human Development Center and a Professor in the Department of Psychology. His research and clinical interests involve finding solutions to common but potentially harmful child and adolescent problems. He is the author of three books and has written numerous professional papers and presented nationally on topics involving child, pediatric, and school psychology. Drawing on nearly 30 years of experience providing clinical services to children, adolescents, and families, Dr. Axelrod uses his knowledge and expertise, along with a little humor, to teach practitioners ways to be more effective in everyday practice.

CEU Information
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Participants will earn 13 Contact Hours upon completion of this program.

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6669. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Additional CEU Information by Profession: 

Wisconsin Social Workers

Our programs qualify as continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all listed programs.

Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselors

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services approves contact hours for programs consisting of relevant content taught by qualified presenters. Contact our office with questions about specific program approvals.

Wisconsin Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

Our programs qualify as required continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all programs.

Wisconsin Licensed Counselors

Our programs qualify as required continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all programs.

Wisconsin Educators and School Psychologists

Continuing education programs from the University of Wisconsin campuses may qualify toward your Professional Development Plan (PDP).

Other Professions

Contact your professional board or organization for specific continuing education requirements.

Disability Accommodations

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education encourages individuals with disabilities or other special needs to participate in our programs whenever possible. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please notify us at least two weeks in advance of the program so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 / toll-free 866-893-2423, or use the Wisconsin Relay System (711). All requests are kept confidential.

An EEO/Affirmative Action employer, University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA requirements.

Cancellation Policy

We understand life happens. Should you need to cancel your registration, you may substitute someone to take your place, at any time, at no cost to you. If we cancel a program, we’ll give you your money back.

If your program is 14 or more days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program – no charge!
If you have to cancel, you will receive a refund, minus a 20% administrative fee.

If your program is less than 14 days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program, plus a 20% transfer fee.
If you cancel, you will not receive a refund.

If you are registered and do not attend the program, you are responsible for the full fee.

Substitution, refund or transfer requests must be submitted via email or phone call to UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education.

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Additional Information

This class will be held on Thursday, June 20th, and Friday, June 21st, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.


Standard fee:

Fee includes instruction, materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments.