The overuse of psychotropic medication for children and youth in foster care has been a hot topic, as profiled in the national news and in discussions among policy makers and child welfare professionals. It is critical that foster parents have a strong understanding of this important issue, so they can help to manage the mental health and treatment of the young people they care for. This module will provides an introduction to the issue, as well as a tool that foster parents and caregivers can use with young people in their care to help manage mental health needs and decisions about psychotropic medications.
In this course, you can expect to learn:
- General concerns revolving around the use of psychotropic medications for children and youth
- How to engage your young person in conversations about their mental health and the use of medication to manage it
- Trauma-informed strategies to manage a child or youth’s mental health
Take the Course:
Estimated time to complete: 2.5 hours