Candidates will normally have a first class or upper second class (2:1) honours degree in a relevant discipline from a UK institution or the CNAA or equivalent.
Applicants who have a lower second class (2:2) degree or practitioner qualification at diploma level and can demonstrate an ability to work at Master´s level will also be considered. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is mandatory. Candidates need a high level of competence in both spoken and written English (TOEFL/IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band).
Graduates of psychology and other cognate disciplines, social and behavioural sciences, education and related fields would also benefit from this programme. Some voluntary or professional experience of work with children and adolescents is desirable, but not essential.
This multi-disciplinary course aims to promote an advanced level of knowledge and understanding in the area of child and adolescent mental health. It is designed for practitioners from health, social or voluntary services who work in some capacity with children and young people with mental health problems at first or second tiers of service provision.
Special course features
promotes advanced understanding of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH)
multi-agency and multi-disciplinary staff and student group provides students with an exciting and varied learning environment
strong theory into practice focus
specialist training for primary mental health workers
Understanding Mental Health in Children and Young People - 30 credits
This module promotes a critical analysis of developmental issues in childhood and adolescence with specific reference to the inter-relationship between the processes of development, and the context within which young people grow, develop and experience difficulties. The implications of these developmental processes for the emotional, social, and behavioural well-being of the child and adolescent are considered critically.
The module considers elements of the continuum between ‘typical’ and ‘atypical’ development. Building on their knowledge of the developmental processes and mechanisms operating in childhood and adolescence, students will develop a critical understanding of the kinds of issues children and young people might present with, and will develop strategies for using theoretical and research material to make sense of clients’ experiences and formulate case material appropriately using systemic and other models. The module includes an observational study of an infant, child or young person in an appropriate context.
Core Skills for Working with Children and Young People - 30 credits
This module covers the ‘core skills’ for working with CYP and families, as identified by the Department of Health and reflecting the essential skills needed by all CAMHS practitioners. These ‘core skills’, including CBT, systemic family therapy and parenting and early intervention are taught through workshops and roleplays and skills practice. This module can also be taken as a standalone CPD module for staff currently working with children and young people (e.g. teachers, school nurses, GPs, etc).
Working with Schools and Communities - 30 credits
This module explores the school and community as a context for intervention with children, young people and their families. The module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the role of school and community as a context within which children and young people develop. It also enables a critical and applied understanding of mental health and wellbeing based interventions for children and young people in schools and communities.
As part of this module, students work in small groups or alone, together with the two module coordinators to plan and implement a brief mental health or well-being intervention in a school or community context, and to critically evaluate that intervention.
Therapeutic Interventions with Children, Young People and Families - 30 credits
This module will provide students with an opportunity to develop a detailed and critical understanding of the use of creative therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), ecosystemic and brief solution-focused interventions with children, young people and their families. The module will focus on the development of applied knowledge and skills.
Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methods - 10 credits
This module aims to build research skills at Master´s level by providing students with a grounding in the techniques and concepts of quantitative and qualitative research methodology applied to social sciences and psychology. The module will enable students to design a quantitative and qualitative research proposal, one of which will become the foundation for their subsequent dissertation.
Dissertation & Research Methods - 50 credits
The rationale for the dissertation module is to build advanced research skills in either qualitative or quantitative approaches, and to provide students with the opportunity to engage in supervised but independently undertaken research. This module is designed to develop the skills needed for independent research, and to support students to autonomously formulate and conduct an empirical research project under supervision.
The course is intended to develop specific mental health knowledge and skills in students from a range of backgrounds, to enable them to work more effectively with children and young people.
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