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This multi-disciplinary course aims to promote an advanced level of knowledge and understanding to underpin practice 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. Graduates of the social and behavioural sciences, education and related fields are also welcome to apply. Some voluntary or professional experience of work with children and adolescents is desirable, but not essential.
The course is taught by practitioners and academics from psychology, social work, nursing, psychiatric nursing, law and psychiatry and as such engages with a diverse range of perspectives. Children and adolescents' mental health is understood in its developmental and social context, and the course explores both theoretical and practice related issues. Research skills are also developed via a taught module and dissertation.
The Primary Mental Health Work (PMHW) pathway additionally aims to equip practitioners with knowledge and skills relevant to the role of a primary mental health worker within child and adolescent services. Applicants to the PMHW pathway will normally hold a relevant professional qualification, or be working as primary mental health workers.
Both pathways can lead to either a Postgraduate Diploma or an MSc.
The course explores child and adolescent mental health problems. Students will develop their understanding of child development and mental health difficulties in children and adolescents and will consider the implications of theory and research for their practice.
The course has a strong multi-agency and multi-disciplinary perspective and is taught by practitioners and academics from psychology, social work, nursing, psychiatric nursing, education, law and psychiatry.
Students completing an MSc will undertake an individual research project and submit a thesis. (This is not required for the Postgraduate Diploma).
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
* Issues in Assessment and Intervention with Children and Adolescents
* Primary Mental Health Work with Children and Adolescents
* Professional Practice for Primary Mental Health Workers
* Psychological Problems in Childhood and Adolescence
* Research Methods (MSc only)
* The Development of Mental Health
* The Legal Context for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Issues