This multidisciplinary 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.
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.
Annual conferences are a key part of the learning, development and networking opportunities that form an integral part of the programme.
The above video shows one of the major research projects that is currently being undertaken within the psychology department. Its findings and methodologies are used to inform and develop the teaching on the course.
To find out more about this project please visit the UNARS website.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
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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 work with children and young people. The course is taught by a multidisciplinary team, to ensure students engage with a diverse range of perspectives. Child and adolescent 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 through a taught module and dissertation.
Modules are 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 through a taught module and dissertation.
Students of Child and Adolescent Mental Health can graduate with either a Postgraduate Diploma or an MSc.
Students completing an MSc will undertake an individual research project and submit a thesis. This is not required for the postgraduate diploma.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference
The CAHMS Conference at the University of Northampton is a three day conference, and you have the option of either volunteering for a couple of hours and attending for free, or pay (last year it was about £15 per day) to cover the cost of lunches and printed materials.
Course modules (16/17)
Understanding Mental Health in Children and Young People
- Module code: PSYM062
- Core module Y
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. 30 credits.
Core Skills for Working with Children and Young People
- Module code: PSYM063
- Core module Y
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 role-plays 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). 30 credits.
Working with Schools and Communities
- Module code: PSYM064
- Core module Y
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. 30 credits.
Therapeutic Interventions with Children, Young People and Families
- Module code: PSYM065
- Core module Y
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. 30 credits.
Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
- Module code: PSYM085
- Core module Y
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. 10 credits.
Dissertation & Research Methods –
- Module code: PSYM086
- Core module Y
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. 50 credits.
Methods of Learning
Lectures, workshops, one-to-one sessions, private study, group work, role play.
Each 30 credit module involves approximately 70 hours formal teaching with some additional placement attendance where relevant. Formal teaching takes place on approximately one day each fortnight for part time students and one to two days each week for full time students.
The full MSc runs for one year full time or two to four years part time. The programme begins in September.
The assessment strategy is designed to include a broad range of assessment methods, in order to ensure that students have the maximum opportunity to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes for the programme. These include: essays, case studies, self-reflective log books, critical reviews, video recorded role plays and oral presentations. There are no examinations. The Research Methods and Dissertation module supports the students in completing a supervised but original and independently undertaken piece of research and it is assessed through a 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation.
Facilities and Special 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
- dedicated laboratories and computer suites
- sensory deprivation room
- biological testing suite
- observation suite
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.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
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).
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1000 per 30 credit module|
Students starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2016/17 either full time or part time* may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 Postgraduate Loan (PGL) through Student Finance England.
*Maximum period of study allowed for part time courses is two years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.