Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
The Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health focuses on enhancing skills in assessment. The certificate enables students to work collaboratively with children, young people and families to facilitate shared decision-making and deliver brief, low-intensity, evidence-based interventions for common mental health problems.
The course provides clinical skills on low-intensity assessment of children and young people with common mental health problems and risk management. Following fitness to practice assessment in module one, students are taught a range of low-intensity brief evidenced-based treatment interventions.
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- To develop a working and critical understanding of common mental health difficulties
- To develop clinical skills required to assess children, young people and families with a range of mental health problems and to agree on possible next steps
- To equip students with essential knowledge and skills necessary to provide an evidence-informed, brief, targeted intervention with children and young people.
The aims of this programme are aligned to the aims of NHS England and the UK Government’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) for Children and Young People Project (CYP IAPT). This curriculum has been developed as part of the Child and Young People Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (CYP IAPT) and complements other programmes offered in this training development.
The Post-Graduate Certificate in Enhanced Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health focuses on enhancing skills in assessment. It enables students to work collaboratively with children, young people and families to facilitate shared decision making. It enables the development of skills to deliver delivering brief, low intensity, evidence-based with children and young people.
The EEBP curriculum is designed to develop skills and knowledge to work with children and young people suitable for frontline staff working across different organisations that offer child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). It is suitable for staff whose role includes brief interventions for children, adolescents and families and who already have some basic clinical competencies.
During the period of training you will be required to:
- Hold a small clinical caseload of children with mild to moderate anxiety or low mood;
- Be receiving regular clinical skills supervision and case management supervision from an appropriately trained and qualified supervisor;
- Video record your sessions with children and families for supervision and assessment purposes;
- Use approved CYP IAPT Routine Outcome Measures (ROMs).
- You should be working in services that have access to colleagues in specialist CAMHS for consultation and where you can refer children and young people for specialist multidisciplinary care as necessary. You will need to evidence that you are working in such a context in your application and admissions interview
You will need to have a first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent.
- Applicants should normally have access to a suitable context in which they work with children and young people and to an appropriate supervisor
- Students will normally hold some post 19 educational qualification. However, suitably experienced students will be considered based on an evaluation of their ability to work at Level 7.
Given the specialist and bespoke nature of this degree, prospective students will initially be identified through the joint action of the University of Northampton programme leader, and participating NHS services and linked organisations, who will identify appropriate participants from within their workforces. Additional programme places for non-CYP-IAPT related applicants may be considered subject to programme places being available.
The programme is suitable for staff whose role includes brief interventions for children, adolescents and families and who already have basic clinical competencies. During the period of training students will be required to hold a caseload, to be receiving regular clinical supervision, to be able to video record their sessions with children and families, and to use the battery of CYP IAPT routine outcome measures. Students should be working in services that have access to colleagues in specialist CAMHs for consultation and where they can refer children and young people for specialist multidisciplinary care as necessary.
Suitability for the programme will be ascertained by employer nomination, application form and personal statement, and admissions interview (which may include a young people’s representative, and an employer representative, as well as a representative of the HEI). The interview will focus on the suitability of the applicant to work at Level 7, and their suitability to work intensively with children and young people. A proforma will be developed to support standardisation of the interview process and to enable fair and transparent feedback to candidates.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 overall (or equivalent)
with a score no lower than 6.0 for writing and no remaining band/component below 5.5 for study at postgraduate level.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
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