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Pediatric Mental Health Certificate

Act Early

Make a difference in the life of a child by aiding early mental health assessments.

Mental health is critical to the development of toddlers and children to ensure they reach developmental and emotional milestones and learn social and coping skills that put them on the road to positive quality of life. Learn how to recognize warning signs with a certificate program designed for eligible practicing professionals.

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August 15-September 14, 2023


Scheduled Online Study (Canvas) & In-Person Session with Capstone Community Presentation


Free to Eligible Candidates -
Funding Provided by a Wisconsin DHS Pediatric Mental Health Grant

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Mental Health Concerns?

Mental health issues with children are marked by a serious change in behavior affecting a child's ability to learn or develop, which can include learning difficulties, anxiety or depression. 

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Strengthen Your Pledge

This certificate will benefit you if you seek to strengthen your pledge to children and their families with deeper understanding and advocating early diagnosis and treatment of any mental health issues. 

  • Social Workers
  • Therapists 
  • Counselors   
  • Nurses
  • Teachers 

Age-Appropriate Content

The certificate program is only open to a limited number of eligible candidates, so register early. We will review applications as they are submitted. As part of your application, you will be required to submit a short letter of recommendation or support from a colleague or supervisor to ensure commitment and follow-through on your capstone community project.

Topics Covered

Topics and content covered by the certificate program will be developed by experts in the field to be interactive with videos, slideshows, polls, quizzes and resource links and to be age-appropriate from toddler to youth, including age 0-3, 3-6, 6-12 and 12-16.

Mental Health Landscape

Providing an overview of the local and national mental health landscape in pediatrics.

Access to Services

Discussing inequalities in mental health access for youth, based on location and socioeconomic factors.

Trigger Events

Identifying and supporting children and youth who might be struggling with a triggering life event.

Emerging Needs

Determining emerging needs for children, youth, parents and professionals.


Sharing resources available for children, youth, parents and support systems.


Learning how to communicate with best language and techniques.

Digital Technology

Studying the impact of digital technology on the coping skills of children and youth.

Nervous System

Considering how the nervous system can influence mental health.


Discovering the impact of COVID-19 and the mental health of children and youth.

Generational Trauma

Exploring the impact of generational trauma and the benefits of "gentle parenting.

In-Person Session
Friday, September 15
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus

In this session, you will learn how to best put together the information you've learned in order to make a community presentation. The instructor will help with tips and tricks to engage an audience and ensure retention of key takeaways. Instructor: Cyrina Talbott

Dates TBD
Timing will Depend on Situation

The community presentation is the capstone, which involves presenting a 60-minute training, workshop or info session in your community for parents, family members, professionals or teachers on a subject or initiative in your area and related to pediatric mental health.

Looking for a Community Training?

If you are interested in having a 60-minute community training at your organization,please reach out to our Program Specialist, Melissa Betke at to connect you with one of our certified participants in your area today.



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Andrea Carroll

MBH Clinical Manager

Andrea Carroll is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a specialty in child and adolescent trauma with strong experience in direct patient care, clinical supervision/education as well as clinical leadership and program development. 

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Rachelle Coffey
Clinical Mental Health Therapist

Rachelle is a licensed professional counselor in the Milwaukee area where she founded a nonprofit inspired to impact change with trauma-informed education. 
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Kristin Kroll
Clinical Research Psychologist

Kristin is a clinical research psychologist with Children's Wisconsin (CW). She serves as an internal consultant for program development and research in the Mental and Behavioral Health Department.
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Elizabeth Lanter
Independent Consultant & Clinician

Elizabeth has worked with at-risk youth of all ages in various settings (child welfare, medical, therapy settings) and began specializing in infant mental health almost fifteen years ago. She realized that working earlier with the younger population can help prevent so many later social issues.
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Tracy Meyer
Mental & Behavioral Health Access Manager

Tracy's passion for mental health was sparked when she witnessed first-hand the number of children who present to emergency departments at Children's Wisconsin with a mental health crisis.
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Ann Rolling
Training Manager

Ann is a training manager at Children's Wisconsin. 
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Cyrina Talbot
Trauma-Informed Hypnotherapist & Mindset Coach

Cyrina uses her experience of being a trauma survivor, starting and running a homeless shelter for 5 years, 20 years in healthcare and 10 years of hospice work to support clients through life’s challenges, using proven techniques that get the subconscious on board.
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Need Guidance?

If you have any questions or need additional guidance, please contact one of our program specialists.

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