Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Wellbeing Practice (Children and Young People)

Key Facts

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  • Duration:

    1 year full time

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  • Fees UK:

    Fully funded by NHS England

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PWPs support Children and Young People with Common Mental Health problems (such as anxiety and depression) using evidence based Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches. Low-intensity CBT places a greater emphasis on parent and CYP self-management and are designed to be less burdensome and intensive for families than traditional psychological therapies. The overall delivery of these interventions is informed by behaviour change models and strategies.

You can contact a member of the IAPT team if you require more information.

Updated 13/07/2022


  • To equip students with knowledge and skills needed to assess and engage children, young people and families experiencing a common mental health difficulty
  • To enable students to deliver effective low intensity interventions with children, young people and families, informed by a critical and advanced understanding of contemporary research and evidence in child and adolescent mental health
  • To enable students to collaborate effectively with children, young people and families, and with other professionals, in a multi-agency service context

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Course Content

  • Key skills are embedded in the learning, teaching and assessment strategies for the Graduate Certificate.

    It is likely that students on this Graduate Certificate will come from a broad range of backgrounds and will have varied skills when they begin the programme. The modules are structured to support students in developing their existing skills to enable Graduate success. The focus now is on taking skills to an advanced level and encouraging students to develop greater expertise in chosen areas.

    The transferable skills which are particularly emphasised on this programme include the ability to critically evaluate, synthesise and apply research and theory in a practical organisational context. Students are encouraged to examine the tensions between theory and practice and to develop flexibility and creativity in applying research and theory to real-world contexts.  Students are encouraged to work in action learning sets and in reflexive and problem focused group work, building strong skills in team work, equipping students to facilitate group projects in a variety of employment settings.

    The Certificate places a strong emphasis on work-based learning, and students will develop and assess the knowledge and skills developed in workshops, individual and online learning contexts, supported by academic staff as well as supervisors in learning sets in their places of work.  The certificate consists of two, 30 credit modules assessed at Level 6.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

    • 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 qualifications at Level 4 or Level 5, in a relevant area of study, but sufficiently qualified CAMHS and CAMHS related staff with relevant experience, who are judged (on the basis of an admissions assignment) to have the capacity to work at Level 6 will be considered. (This is in keeping with the requirements of NHS England that the programme be available to staff with a range of academic backgrounds.)

    This is a ‘Recruit to Train’ programme, and students will work in a relevant CAMHS setting in the voluntary sector, NHS, or local authority setting, as they study. 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 services, through an open recruitment process.

    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 therefore must have been recruited to a relevant organisation, and 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 an application form and personal statement, and admissions interview (which may include a young people’s representative, and representatives from an employer and the University of Northampton).  The interview will focus on the suitability of the applicant to work at Level 6, 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.

    Given the nature of the work expected as a component of the programme, and its emphasis on local CAMHS transformation, this programme will not be available to international applicants.  During the period of training students will be required to:

    • Hold a small clinical caseload of children with mild to moderate anxiety, behavioural difficulties, low mood or self-harm, and work as appropriate with their parents/carers and other professionals who support them
    • Be receiving regular clinical supervision from an appropriately trained and qualified supervisor;
    • Video record their sessions with children and families for supervision and assessment purposes;
    • Use approved CYP IAPT Routine Outcome Measures (ROMs).

    DBS will be required for students being admitted to this programme.

    With your application you need to complete and submit an Employer Declaration form which has been signed by your manager with your online application.

    If you would like to find out more information about applying for postgraduate study, please visit the postgraduate application page.

    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.

  • The course is fully funded by NHS England

  • The course is fully funded by NHS England and students’ participation in the Certificate is with the full support of their employer, who will nominate or employ students to undertake the certificate.

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Kathryn Congreve

Lecturer in Psychological Therapies
Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Wellbeing Practice (Children and Young People)

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Tamana Bassi

Lecturer in Children and Young People (LIST)
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