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PGDip Education Mental Health Practitioner for Children and Young People

Edge Hill University

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    Edge Hill University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    JAN-22, JAN-23

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The innovative role of an education mental health practitioner forms a key part of the Government’s newly formed Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) and the national Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative. You will become employed by local participating mental health services and spend a training year undertaking this postgraduate diploma in which you will learn how to deliver low intensity evidence-based interventions to support children and young people facing common mental health problems. These include anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties. Through a combination of classroom-based learning and extensive practice experience, you will develop the expertise required to work effectively in child and adolescent mental health settings across both education and healthcare sectors. You will discover how the emerging role of an education mental health practitioner will support whole school approaches to mental health, identify common areas of adversity, disadvantage and risk among children and young people, and foster autonomy, independence and confidence in assessing, formulating and delivering low level interventions.

What will I study?

The curriculum aligns with the work-based component of Health Education England’s Education Mental Health Practitioner training programme.

The programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to work effectively to support child and adolescent mental health within an education context.

Developing a good understanding of the incidence, prevalence and presentation of common mental health problems, you will gain core competencies in active listening, engagement, alliance building, patient-centred information gathering, information giving and shared decision-making.

You will learn about the theory and practice of undertaking assessment and facilitating engagement, including how to complete child-centred interviews which identify a child or young person’s difficulties, goals, strengths, risk to self or others, and the context of the child in their family and wider social environment.

Examining the research surrounding children and young people’s development, psychology, and child and adolescent mental health, you will explore evidence-based interventions for common mental health problems in children and young people, informed by behaviour change models and strategies. You will also develop the skills required to help children and young people to understand, tolerate and adapt to the negative emotions that they are experiencing.

Career Prospects

Child and adolescent mental health services are being transformed across England as part of a Government strategy to ensure that services are available within schools, third-sector voluntary agencies and the private sector. New roles are being created to deliver evidence-based brief psychological interventions in these settings.

On successful completion of this programme, you will be eligible to apply for Band 5 education mental health practitioner posts supporting children and young people, as well as their parents or carers. Your experience of intensive practice-based sessions and multi-agency working while training will further enhance your employability and ensure you have a variety of options for career progression.

You may also wish to pursue further study, including the opportunity to progress to a Masters degree through the completion of a 60-credit dissertation.

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University information

Edge Hill University

  • University League Table

    62nd

  • Campus address

    Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    28th out of 81 1

    49th out of 83 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    129 65%

    24th

    5
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    85 85%

    18th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.07 81%

    43rd

    1
  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    127 73%

    31st

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72 72%

    57th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.08 82%

    36th

    23

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