Traumatic Pasts But Hopeful Futures: Resilience and Positive Youth Development in the Context of School-Based Mental Health
- East Baltimore
- Summer Inst. term
- Mental Health
- 1 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2022 - 2023
- Instruction Method:
- Synchronous Online
Historically, public health research and practice has focused on risk factors that predict negative mental health outcomes for adolescents; however, it is important to examine resources that vulnerable youth (e.g., youth exposed to trauma) can use to mitigate challenges and develop positive mental health. Research on resilience and youth development provides a pathway for at-risk youth to successfully navigate personal and system-level challenges. Prevention and intervention programs focused on the enhancement of positive assets may be particularly critical for youth who live and attend school in under-resourced communities and youth of color impacted by systemic racism.
Introduces research on resilience and youth development that addresses adolescent mental and behavioral health for at-risk youth using the definitions, theories, and measurement of resilience. Focuses on how a framework of positive youth development can inform school-based, universal interventions to build youth resilience, promote self-efficacy, and reduce disparities in youth mental health. Includes discussion of how we can use these frameworks to address mental and behavioral health inequities are exacerbated by the COVID-19 epidemic and protests against structural racism and police brutality.
- Learning Objectives:
- Describe common risk factors in adolescent mental health, including structural racism, and describe basic theories of risk.
- Define resilience, and describe theories and measurement of resilience
- Describe the positive youth development framework
- Apply the positive youth framework to mental health promotion and prevention programming in vulnerable youth populations, including addressing collective trauma due to COVID and structural racism
- Methods of Assessment:
This course is evaluated as follows:
- 30% Discussion Board
- 30% LiveTalks
- 40% Final Paper
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required
- Special Comments:
Students are required to complete readings prior to the start of the course. Please see the CoursePlus site for additional details.