Foundational Learning

Whāraurau is committed to supporting the infant, children and youth mental health and AOD workforces across sectors to deliver quality practice aimed at enhancing the wellbeing of infants, children, young people and their families/whānau.


Whāraurau develops and facilitates a range of programmes that aim to develop the core mental health and alcohol and other drug knowledge and skills of people working with infants, children and youth and whānau across a variety of settings including primary health care, education, Oranga Tamariki, Youth Justice, ICAMHS, etc.

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Foundational Learning - eLearning modules

Foundations in Infant Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ICAMH)

Foundations in ICAMH: Infant, Child, Youth and Whānau Mental Health is a training course providing foundation learning on infant, child, youth mental health and how to work with their whānau.

It is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of the ICAMH, NGO and Primary workforce. There are two components to the Foundations in ICAMHS Training:

  1. eLearning: 4 modules
  2. Face-to-face training package

The eLearning component is an online education course for ICAMH, NGO and Primary workforces and comprises four modules:

Each interactive module takes 2-3 hours to complete and can be undertaken in stages. CME-related certificates of completion are available for each module and completion of the entire course including a final quiz will result in the acquisition of knowledge at the primary level of Real Skills Plus, as well as a Whāraurau certificate that can be used for performance reviews and job applications.

The Face-to-face training package is based on the eLearning content.

Course fee: nil

Estimated duration: 3 hours per module


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► ICAMH TRAINERS: For more information view the Foundations in ICAMH Training and Resources page

ICAMH Overview

Raising trauma awareness for caregivers and for people working with children and whānau

Tēnā koutou ko ngā mareikura, ko ngā whatukura mai i te Wehenga o ngā Rangi ki te Ao mārama nei,

Aroaro mai ki te kaupapa nui, hei paeroa mō ngā kanohi ora e heke tonu mai ana.

Kia mau pai ngā ringa ki te aka matua i herea o runga, o raro,
He whakapapa, he rauru, he oranga heke iho i te Wāhi Ngaro.
Mauri ora ki a tātou katoa, ka huri.

We greet you feminine and masculine guardians
Clearing the celestial pathways for those yet to arrive,
May the life-force be with us all.


Children/Tamariki come from many backgrounds. They are the face of their ancestors and will lead us all into the future. Children/Tamariki hold the hopes and dreams of their whānau, community and Aotearoa.  They are at the centre of all that we do.
It is our responsibility to help children/tamariki thrive. There is a need for everyone working with children/tamariki to be aware of the impacts of trauma on the wellbeing of children/tamariki and their whānau.

    This eLearning includes a series of three eModules developed by Whāraurau in collaboration with Oranga Tamariki. A fourth eModule has been developed in collaboration with the Ngātahi Workforce project in the Hawke's Bay, Dr Leland Ruwhiu from Oranga Tamariki and Associate Professor Nicola Atwool from the University of Otago.  The e-module series includes:

    1. Childhood Trauma: Impact on Development and Behaviour
    2. Trauma-informed Care for Caregivers
    3. Trauma-informed Care for the Children's Workforce
    4. Self-care in Trauma-informed Organisations

    These eModules provide foundation learning and development for caregivers of children/tamariki and the children's workforce, e.g. social workers, police officers, school based workers such as counsellors, teachers, teacher-aides, RTLBs; people working in children’s teams, people working in public health roles, people working in community support roles, mental health workers: Everyone working with children/tamariki and their whānau to raise awareness of trauma-informed care within Aotearoa New Zealand.

    Estimated duration: 1.5 hours per module

    Course fee: Nil

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    (Home, Education/Employment, Eating, Activities, Drugs and Alcohol, Sexuality, Suicide and Depression, Safety) 

    HEEADSSS (Home, Education/Employment, Eating, Activities, Drugs and Alcohol, Sexuality, Suicide and Depression, Safety) Assessment allows for early identification of mental health, Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) issues and other information to assist young people in their development.

    Funded by The Ministry of Health as part of the Prime Ministers Youth Mental Health Initiative, Whāraurau in collaboration with key agencies have developed the online eLearning module – Introduction to HEEADSSS. The short course provides an introduction to the HEEADSSS assessment framework and other key information to support professionals working with young people.

    This eModule is designed for professionals working in Primary Care - Target audiences include School Nurses, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Practice Nurses, General Practitioners, Primary Mental Health and AoD professionals and Social Workers. However, professionals working in other sectors will find the course of value.

    Estimated duration: 6 hours

    Course fee: nil

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    eLearning resource for enhancing practice and service delivery

    Co-Existing Problems and Youth is an online education course designed to help workers in all areas of youth health, mental health and addiction, provide support to young people experiencing mental health and/or substance use difficulties in an integrated and holistic manner.

    These eModules provide an overview of current treatment recommendations for youth with co-existing (mental health and substance use) problems (or CEP) and present a practical guide for clinicians working with youth with CEP. It is written for primary care and specialist mental health and alcohol and other drug (AOD) services.

    A certificate of achievement is available on completion of the entire course.

    Estimated duration: 1 hour per module

    Course fee: nil

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