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Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Work PGCert

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Code
034B902
Start
September 2017
Duration
One day per week
20 study days in total
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
See the Fees and funding tab

Develop specialist knowledge and advanced skills for working with young people and families with mental health issues in our short course designed for a wide range of professionals including social workers, health workers, counsellors and educators.

Why study the PGCert Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Work at Middlesex University?

At Middlesex we recognise the needs and challenges for mental health practitioners working with young people and families in wide range of settings. That's why we have developed this course to be beneficial for professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds including health, local authority, volunteering, education and the independent sector.

Taught by experienced practitioners who remain actively involved in clinical practice at the CAMHS Directorate of the Tavistock Clinic in London, this course will enable you to identify mental health difficulties in children, adolescents and adult family members with valuable opportunities to plan, undertake and discuss sophisticated assessments.

Through a series of lectures, seminars and practical workshops you will develop authoritative clinical leadership approaches in the multidisciplinary and multi-agency field of child and adolescent mental health while deepening your applied understanding of emotional and mental development.

Delivered over 20 weekly study days with opportunities for practical assessments in your own workplace, this course will challenge you to reflect and evolve your current practice with particular focus on issues of equality, diversity, cultural differences and ethics in child, adolescent and family mental health work.

Armed with this Postgraduate Certificate you will not only enhance your professional practice and employment prospects but gain substantial academic credits to put towards obtaining a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc degree.

What will you study on the PGCert Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Work?

Devised to enable you to maintain your professional employment while studying, this course is delivered over 20 weekly study days at our London campus. Using a combination of taught modules and practice based learning in your workplace you will explore the following subjects:

  • Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and policy in relation to the adolescents and young people
  • Normal child and adolescent behaviour
  • Assessment of children, families, adolescents and young people and subsequent care planning
  • Social and political influences in working with children, families adolescents and young people
  • Effects of neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse on the children and adolescents
  • Risk and resilience factors, risk assessment and management and child protection
  • Common mental health problems in children and adolescents
  • Evidence based interventions
  • Parenting interventions, Systemic interventions, CBT interventions
  • Children at greater risk – refugee groups, children with learning difficulties, looked after children, Black and Minority Ethnic Communities
  • Challenges of dual diagnosis and young people
  • The impact of parental substance misuse and mental illness on young people
  • Communication and communicating
  • Therapeutic use of self
  • Multi-disciplinary interventions/Integrated working

This is a specialist Postgraduate Certificate course that focuses entirely on mental health work with children, adolescents and families. It comprises of two modules worth a total of 60 credits which may also count towards a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc:

  1. Infancy, Child and Family Mental Health: Working with Children and Families from 0 to 11 Years of Age
    This module runs in the autumn semester from September to December
  2. Promoting Mental Health in Young People from 11 to 21 Years of Age
    This module runs in the winter semester from January to April

These modules maybe taken individually or together to obtain the Postgraduate Certificate.

Alternatively, you are also able to undertake the Work Based Development and Practice module, which commences in January and September each year, alongside one of the above modules.

  • Infancy, Child and Family Mental Health: Working with Children and Families from 0 to 11 Years of Age +  Practice Based Learning Project
    Together, these would lead to the award of PGCert Child and Family Mental Health Work.
  • Promoting Mental Health in Young People from 11-21 Years of Age + Practice Based Learning Project
    Together, these lead to the award of PGCert Promoting Mental Health in Adolescents and Young People.

These programme awards allow you to undertake one taught module before pursuing your own studies in your workplace, enabling you to develop your own practice while gaining a Postgraduate Certificate award.

Assessment

For Infancy, Child and Family Mental Health: Working with Children and Families from 0 to 11 Years of Age:

  • Policy/Practice review
  • Critical review of evidenced based care interventions

For Promoting Mental Health in Young People from 11 to 21 Years of Age:

  • Policy Review of Practice Base
  • Interdisciplinary Interagency case study
  1. Qualifications
  2. How to apply

There are several funding options available:

  • receiving course fees via CPPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University
  • paying your own fees
  • sponsorship by your employer (but not under a CPPD contract).

If you are not sponsored by an NHS Trust with which the University has a contract, the fee is £63 per credit for the Graduate Certificate programme.

For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.

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