Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Work Graduate Certificate (169B902)

  • Dates: September 2013
  • Times: Twenty study days, one day per week
  • Lecturer: Peter Griffiths, Martin Smith




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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.

Course overview:

This programme comprises of undertaking two modules. Both are 30 credits at Level 6. The complete award is 60 credits at Level 6:

These maybe taken individually, or together to obtain the Graduate Certificate. MHR3626 runs in the Autumn semester (September to December) and MHR3627 runs in the Winter semester (January to April)

These two Level 6 modules also form optional modules for the Graduate Diploma Specialist Social Work Award (Children and Families), which is a postqualifying award within the GSCC Postqualifying framework, or BSc Mental Health.

Work based development and practice

Alternatively you are also able to complete the course by undertaking a work based practice module alongside each of one of these modules, commencing in January and September each year, alongside each of one of these modules:

For MHR 3626 Infancy, Child and Family Mental Health: Working with children and families from 0 to 11 years of age you would also take MHR 3630: Practice Based Learning Project module. Together, these lead to the award of Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Mental Health Work.

For MHR 3627 Promoting Mental Health in Young People from 11-21 years of age you would also take MHR 3630 Practice Based Learning Project module. Together, these lead to the award of Graduate Certificate in Promoting Mental Health in Adolescents and Young People.

These programme awards will allow for students to undertake one module, and then pursue their own studies in their workplace and develop their own practice further and gain an Advanced Diploma award

For anyone working with children, young people  and families who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in child, adolescent and family mental health work in a variety of settings (i.e. health, local authority, educational settings and or within the voluntary and independent sector). i.e. Newly qualified nurses (RMNs or RSCNs), possibly nursery nurses,  child and adolescent counsellors, family support workers, Social workers, Youth Workers

The programme will develop knowledge and understanding of early childhood, adolescent and family emotional and mental development and of the common issues that can impact adversely upon this. It will explore the assessments and early work that might be possible to ameliorate later difficulty and or how to refer on appropriately to others agencies.

The programme will explore, examine and evaluate the contemporary health and social policy initiatives which support such work and develop both the knowledge needed and capabilities required for those working with children, young people and families to confidently and safely realise that children’s mental health can both be their business and that they feel capable to address it. The course will address and explore issues of equality and inequality, diversity, ethnic and cultural difference, ethical considerations in relation to practitioners work with service users and carers in child, adolescent and family mental health work.

A further benefit is that you will be taught by lecturers who also work in clinical practice at the CAMHS Directorate of the Tavistock Clinic, London.

“Children’s mental health is everyone’s business” (DfES 2004 and DCSF 2010) – this programme aims to make it so. Provide an opportunity to allow all those working with young children, adolescents and families to update and develop their knowledge and skills in child and adolescent mental health work (CAMH). Enable students to identify early mental health difficulties in childhood and in adolescence and critically undertake brief work with children, adolescents and families, aimed at promoting mental health.

  • Develop knowledgeable capable practitioners for child, adolescent and family mental health work, whatever their sphere of practice and at whatever level of tiered provision
  • Develop an awareness of the different disciplines and agencies involved in such work and of some of the difficulties complex interdisciplinary and agency work can generate
  • Provide the opportunity to reflect on current practice, within the students own work environment and the means of improving this
  • Use credits to work towards obtaining a degree.


Introduction to Child and Adolescent MentalHealth Services (CAMHS) and contemporary 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


Successful completion of study at UK higher education Level 5. If a non-mental health professional, one year experience in child, adolescent and family work where mental health issues are present and be currently working with children, adolescents and families experiencing mental health issues. To have Basic IT skills. Access to the Internet. Microsoft Office.

Barred combination:



MHR 3626 - Policy review relevant to practice area and Case study, MHR 3627 - Adolescent Policy Review of Practice Base and Case study

How to apply:

If you are studying this programme and your fees are being paid for by an NHS Trust under contract with the University, then please download an application form by following the link from our CPD health webpage.

If you are studying this programme and your fees are not being paid for by an NHS Trust under contract with the University (for example, you are funding your own studies), then please complete the Middlesex University application from our postgraduate applications webpage.

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