NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Depression, Anxiety Disorders & Bipolar Disorders (P-12)

EDUC 600




Instructor: Marcia Jakubowski & Dennis Jakubowski

Grading: Letter

Monday, February 03, 2014 - Friday, March 07, 2014

Section 2: April 28 - May 30, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Partner Course Fee: $695

Course Description:

This continuing education 3-credit graduate course is designed to present an overview of the issues that challenge children and adults with Depression, Anxiety Disorders and/or Bipolar Disorder.  Participants will learn about symptoms, possible causes, diagnostic procedures, and current research findings including the theoretical bases for the course together with related principles and concepts.  Emphasis will be placed on the various types of interventions used at school, including behavioral techniques, instructional strategies, counseling, medication, and alternative and natural remedies.  These interventions are designed to help children increase task completion, reduce impulsivity, improve social skills, decrease anger outbursts, and improve peer and adult relationships to the end that student achievement will be improved.  Guest speakers, videos, lecture, whole class and group discussions, and reading materials will be the vehicles used to provide information to class participants.  A library of books, periodicals, and printed articles will be available during class.  Involvement of school psychology, school counseling, school social work services, special education and 504 services will be reviewed, analyzed and evaluated.  


As a result of participation in this course, students will:

1. Understand the symptoms, characteristics, and types of childhood depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder and their similarities and differences to symptoms found in children with conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

2.  Understand the range of co-morbid or co-occurring disorders, which may accompany depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder.

3.  Gain an understanding of some of the current theories about the etiology of these disorders, including genetic theories, chronic family situations, current trauma, post traumatic stress disorder and environmental theories, as covered in the basic text.

4.  Gain an understanding of cultural and environmental issues that may trigger the onset of depression, anxiety disorders and/or bipolar disorder, particularly with those students living in poverty situations and those coming from countries at war.

5.  Identify assessment instruments and procedures used by a team, including teachers, to identify the possible existence of depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder.

6.  Evaluate specific social, academic and behavioral accommodations and intervention strategies for elementary and secondary classrooms especially as related to student achievement.

7.  Gain an understanding of State criteria for eligibility for special education services and 504 criteria for classroom accommodations. 

8. Gain an understanding of child and family intervention strategies including parenting techniques, coaching programs, cognitive-behavioral programs, problem-solving strategies, self-esteem interventions, social skills training, medication, natural remedies and behavioral skills training.

9. Identify other resources to support school personnel and children with depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder and their families.  These may include support groups, advocacy groups, organizations for education and support, research programs, teacher education and professional help.

Required text:

Amen, D. G., M.D., & Routh, L. C., M.D. (2003). Healing Anxiety and Depression. New York, NY G.P. Putnam & Sons.

Special Instructions:

The total cost includes the NDSU credit however textbooks are not included.

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