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If you are passionate about helping children and young people understand themselves and the world around them, then our programme is for you. Read more

If you are passionate about helping children and young people understand themselves and the world around them, then our programme is for you.

Our Master's degree is ideal if you are interested in a career working with children and adolescents. For those of you looking for a research career in developmental psychology, our teaching staff are research active and experts in their respective field. We have well-equipped facilities and laboratories to support all your activities. 

Your student experience

We pride ourselves on combining high-quality teaching with world-class research and a vibrant student experience. Our degree includes a strong practical and applied element, which includes a work placement. This will enable you to apply state-of-the-art developmental theory and research findings to real-life settings.

Our degree will help you to develop an in-depth understanding of current issues in child and adolescent psychology. It will also show how to apply theory and research to real-life settings. Our tutors will provide you with robust training in advanced statistics and research design methods. This will prepare you for either further postgraduate education or for a career in research.

During your time with us you will conduct a substantial piece of research in child and adolescent psychology. Also as part of our post graduate programme you will be able to choose from one of three applied optional courses.

Location

Located at the University of Greenwich's prestigious Maritime campus, the Child and Adolescent Psychology programme has world renowned attractions right on its doorstep from The Cutty Sark to the River Thames.

With the opening of the highly anticipated Dreadnought building on the horizon, not only will you study in the heart of the Greenwich campus, you will have access to state of the art learning, teaching and social spaces.

Ranking

Our psychology degrees are ranked within the top five in London for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017.

Our department is a trusted provider of excellent academic degrees and vocational training and we are consistently rated highly in the National Student Survey.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Assessment

Assessed coursework includes:

  • Essays
  • Portfolios
  • Oral presentations
  • Practical research reports
  • Research posters and examinations.

Students will also be required to produce an independent piece of work based on their work placement and an independent project reporting on a substantial research area including the collection of empirical data or equivalent.

Careers

Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in research and would be well-placed to undertake doctoral study. Their training in applying cutting-edge developmental theory and research to real-life settings also enables them to pursue careers working with children and adolescents.

Specialised equipment

We have well-eqipped facilities on campus to support all your needs, including state of the art laboratories.



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Clinical and research expertise are blended in the delivery of this multidisciplinary programme where high standards of clinical care are emphasised and students are encouraged to apply their critical and analytical thinking skills to theory, policy and practice in child and adolescent mental health. Read more

Clinical and research expertise are blended in the delivery of this multidisciplinary programme where high standards of clinical care are emphasised and students are encouraged to apply their critical and analytical thinking skills to theory, policy and practice in child and adolescent mental health.

About this degree

The programme will develop your ability to identify and analyse principles of policy, planning and management in child and adolescent mental health. You will gain professional, academic and research skills and understand how their application can improve clinical practice. You will increase your understanding of the impact of culture and diversity upon clinical theory and practice, and experience enhanced personal and professional development.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, one year part-time, flexible two to five years) is offered. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), and three optional modules (45 credits).

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, one year part-time, two years flexible) is offered. Three core modules (45 credits) and a choice of one of the two remaining core modules (15 credits).

Core modules

  • Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Child Mental Health
  • Basic Research Methods in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Treatment in Child and Adolescent Mental Health – Pharmacological
  • Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health – Psychological

Optional modules

  • International Child Mental Health
  • Adolescent Mental Health and Transition to Adult Services
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Child Mental Health
  • Investigating Research
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Child Mental Health and Well Being: Adaptations

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 to 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, discussion, project work and independent and group study. Assessment includes written assignments, unseen written examinations, projects, oral presentations, group work, and the written dissertation.

Placement

We are able to offer a limited number of clinical placements in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in various NHS Trusts. Places are not guaranteed and are based on availability.

The placements are a minimum of one day a week for a period of eight weeks and will be supervised by medical and non-medical consultants within the service.

Placements are observational only and will not be formally assessed but may offer opportunities to participate in research studies and other academic and teaching activities in the host trust.

The cost of the placement is in the range of £75 to £200.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc

Careers

The programme provides career development training for doctors, psychologists and practitioners in social work and education who intend to focus and develop their careers in the areas of child mental health. 

This is a relatively new programme and only limited career destination data is available. However, recent graduates have gone on to Clinical Doctorates in Psychology or had opportunities for progression in their current careers.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Assistant Psychologist, Springfield University Hospital (NHS)
  • Health Play Specialist, The Royal London Hospital (NHS)
  • PhD in Clinical & Cognitive Psychology, Universitホ Paris 1 Panthホon-Sorbonne (Pantheon-Sorbonne)

Employability

This programme attracts psychology graduates who wish to enhance their opportunities for progression to further clinical psychology training, and trainees in child psychiatry who wish to supplement their basic training with a higher degree; the MSc programme is closely aligned to the Royal College’s recommended curriculum. Students from social work, nursing and education will benefit from the acquisition of advanced skills in the theory and practice of working with young people with mental health difficulties. Clinical placements are available as an extracurricular option for students who aim to develop their career in a profession related to clinical practice.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health pursues an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to enhance understanding, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of childhood diseases. Our research and our educational portfolio covers a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to population health sciences.

Our close relationship with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children means that much of our research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis. Students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.

This programme blends academic theory and research with clinical knowledge to enable professionals to deliver a high standard of clinical care.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 81%: Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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MA Child and Adolescent Mental Health is for you if you’re working with, or intend to work with children or young people whose social and emotional development and functioning is affected adversely, or who risk being affected by mental health difficulties. Read more
MA Child and Adolescent Mental Health is for you if you’re working with, or intend to work with children or young people whose social and emotional development and functioning is affected adversely, or who risk being affected by mental health difficulties. Students who wish to study the Masters at the University may be a graduate and/or have significant relevant experience.

At the University of South Wales, you will broaden your understanding of the causation, presentation and implications of child and adolescent mental health difficulties, and social emotional and behavioural difficulties. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills to input where appropriate into interventions for individuals and groups with child and adolescent mental health difficulties and social emotional and behavioural difficulties (CAMHD/SEBD). Also to advise colleagues and parents on the formulation of appropriate strategies for working with children and young people with CAMHD/SEBD and to contribute to the development of appropriate policy and guidelines. You will explore the need for evidence based approaches and interventions which will promote children and young peoples’ mental health and social and emotional competencies.

The MA Child and Adolescent Mental Health encourages students to critically evaluate and reflect upon current theoretical perspectives in relation to child and adolescent mental health, and social emotional and behavioural difficulties (CAMHD/SEBD). The Masters also enables students to reflect on and contextualise current practice, and to make connections between theory and practice. In addition, the course encourages students to look critically at the research in relation to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Difficulties and Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1160-ma-child-and-adolescent-mental-health

What you study

You will take two compulsory modules:

- Child and Adolescent Mental Health - The module introduces students to definitions and concepts in the field of CAMH and the current structuring of CAMH Services in the United Kingdom. Sessions look in detail at particular Mental Health Difficulties, which include Attachment Difficulties, Emotional Difficulties, and Behavioural Difficulties. Particular study is made of gender and culture in relation to Mental Health Difficulties and these sessions include a focus on eating disorders, self-harm and trauma.

- Research Methodology - In common with all of the MA Education programmes, you must take the core module; Research Methodology.

Additional specialist modules can include:

- Managing and Supporting Children and Adolescents with SEN (CAMH/SEBD) - This module focuses on the theory that underpins practice in this area of work, and compliments the core module. The module looks at definitions and conceptual difficulties in relation to CAMH and SEBD, and then goes on to examine how theory impacts on interventions in different models (therapeutic, behaviourist and bio-psycho-social.

- Children’s Wellbeing - This module takes a broad view of Children’s wellbeing by exploring the concept of, and the challenges of, measuring wellbeing in addition to considering how wellbeing is addressed in Health, Education, Social Care, Youth Justice and by Non-Governmental Organisations. The module will also explore and evaluate a range of approaches to promoting Children’s wellbeing and an integral part of the lecture programme will be the use of Visiting Lecturers to illustrate examples of evidence-based practice.

- Working with Vulnerable Children - This module examines contemporary models of childhood and adolescence and introduces the concepts of vulnerability, risk and resilience. The module also considers the challenges of research and intervention with vulnerable groups.

Alternatively you can take one module from one of the other MA Education pathways. To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan.

Learning and teaching methods

Each module is assessed via a written assignment of 5,000 words, which usually takes the form of an essay. Each course member is supported by a tutor who provides individual tutorials and guidance during the assignment writing process.

Assessment methods

To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan. If you wish to exit earlier, the Postgraduate Diploma is awarded to students who complete four modules which form the taught element.

Employment Prospects

A Masters degree is required for professional advancement in numerous occupations, and is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development. An MA award demonstrates that you have developed advanced level skills in analysis, evaluation and research.

If you are interested in the possibility of a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities for doing so here at the University of South Wales.

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This multidisciplinary course aims to promote an advanced level of knowledge and understanding in the area of child and adolescent mental health. Read more

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.

You can choose to graduate with either a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Postgraduate Diploma by completing designated modules or you can complete all of the recommended course modules and be awarded with an MSc.

Course content

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.

Course modules (17/18)

-Understanding Mental Health in Children and Young People

-Core Skills for Working with Children and Young People

-Working with Schools and Communities

-Therapeutic Interventions with Children, Young People and Families

-Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

-Dissertation & Research Methods

Methods of Learning

Lectures, workshops, one-to-one sessions, private study, group work, role play.

Schedule

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.

Assessments

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.

Careers

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.



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This is a unique course for international and UK-based psychiatrists, paediatricians and psychologists, as well as allied professionals leading to enhanced clinical and research skills in child and adolescent mental health. Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health course is taught by leading figures in the field and offers comprehensive content with strong research and clinical focus.

We are proud to have been awarded an IoPPN Excellence Award in 2017 for student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Education Survey (PTES).

Key benefits 

  • Taught by leading academics in the field.
  • Opportunity to engage in innovative research.
  • Work with a variety of specialist clinicians.
  • Obtain a course qualification which is internationally recognised.
  • Supervised clinical placement.
  • Innovative web-based clinical learning to supplement direct experience.
  • Optional teaching in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Therapeutic Assessment for Self-Harm and Kiddie Schedule for Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders.

Description

Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health course is specifically designed for international and UK-based psychiatrists, paediatricians, and psychologists, as well as allied professionals who wish to develop their knowledge, skills and research methodologies in child and adolescent psychiatry, child development, therapeutic interventions and service models. You will develop clinical skills and be able to contribute to culturally-sensitive and clinically-effective services through relevant research, including health service development research.

You will be taught research methodology and statistics, issues relating to child development, aetiology of child and adolescent disorders, the psychological and physical treatments for emotional, behavioural and developmental disorders in children and young people. You will complete a research project, which could use quantitative or qualitative methodologies. You will also develop your skills in diagnosis, formulation and planning therapeutic interventions, service design, monitoring and evaluation. Clinical placements within CAMHS teams may also be arranged.

Course format and assessment

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England

Career prospects

UK and international graduates return to clinical practice with enhanced skills and knowledge in child mental health.

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Who is it for?. The course is for professionals from a variety of sectors, including healthcare, education, social care, nursing, allied health professions or the voluntary sector who would like to advance their careers within services for children, young people and their families / carers. Read more

Who is it for?

The course is for professionals from a variety of sectors, including healthcare, education, social care, nursing, allied health professions or the voluntary sector who would like to advance their careers within services for children, young people and their families / carers.

Objectives

This MSc prepares you for a fulfilling and rewarding career in child and adolescent mental health. You will learn to provide collaborative and compassionate care and support for children and adolescents promoting their mental health, identifying needs and recognising which therapeutic interventions are appropriate and why.

You will gain the skills, knowledge and awareness  of child and adolescent psychological development, early identification, managing risk and resilience, assessment and evidence-based psychosocial interventions and contemporary issues in child and adolescent mental health.

The course uses a sound evidence-base to prepare you to participate in a specialist workforce, where the development of ethical and culturally-sensitive practice and the placement of the child, young person and their carer are at the centre of decision-making and service re-design. You will enhance your ability to critically evaluate and reflect on your work or the work of others who care for individuals and families where there are significant concerns and vulnerability.

You will also develop capacities to maintain the balance between working collaboratively while maintaining safe professional boundaries.

Academic facilities

Our specialist Clinical Skills Centre at City’s Northampton Square campus has been specially designed for teaching and reflects clinical environments and working wards, so you can familiarise yourself with equipment and practices before commencing your placement.

Simulated practice enables you to practise your skills in a safe environment, in preparation for transferring these skills to a 'real life' setting.

Teaching and learning

A blended approach to learning and teaching is adopted, including institution-based taught modules, e-learning and work-based learning. Modules are run by experienced practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods.

You will learn in large and small multi-professional and multi-disciplinary groups and will be supported and encouraged to participate in independent learning.

Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of a Masters-level course, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. Assessment is diverse and includes essays, reflective practice, objective structured clinical examinations, practice-based assessments, poster presentations, case studies, data analysis, and seminar presentations with supporting papers.

Modules

Core modules

  • Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
  • Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits).

Discipline specific modules

  • Early Intervention and Psychological Development (15 credits)
  • Child protection: working together, managing risk and resilience (15 credits)
  • Child and adolescent mental health: therapeutic approaches and the evidence-base (15 credits).

Elective modules

Two elective modules must be chosen from the following:

  • Risk Assessment and Management across the life span (15 credits)
  • Liaison Mental Health Care (15 credits)
  • Professional Leadership (15 credits)
  • Contemporary issues in mental health (15 credits)
  • Psychology for health and social care (15 credits)

Career prospects

You will be able to influence the mental health of children and young people at both a direct and indirect level through the development of services and the application of inter-professional practice and research.

You will have gained a deep understanding and knowledge of child and adolescent mental health to enable them to work effectively and collaboratively across professional agencies and boundaries.

Successful completion of the MSc fulfils the requirements for higher-grade, senior advanced practice posts in health and social care and qualifies you for research posts and to conduct independent research.



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The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling Masters degree is part of a B.A.C.P. and U.K.A.P.C. accredited route to becoming a child and adolescent psychotherapeutic counsellor. Read more
The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling Masters degree is part of a B.A.C.P. and U.K.A.P.C. accredited route to becoming a child and adolescent psychotherapeutic counsellor. To become an accredited practitioner candidates are also required to hold the Advanced Diploma in Child and Adolescent Counselling. The increased emphasis on the integration of education, social services and health in the delivery of services to children under the Children's Act 2004, make this route particularly pertinent and valuable, not only to teachers but to a wide range of practitioners within the area.

Visit the website: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/ededmpepc

Course detail

The four main elements of the route are:

1. The Therapeutic Relationship and Therapeutic Processes
This element explores an integrative approach to the therapeutic relationship. It will include a study of the working alliance, the transferential relationship and the person to person relationship.

2. Professional Issues in Therapy with Children
In these sessions, the key professional, ethical and legal issues surrounding the practice of therapeutic counselling and research on counselling are examined. Since the context of work with children and adolescents is rapidly changing, with increased emphasis on working with other agencies, systems and groups as well as with individuals, it is important to understand different contexts and the different modes of working within them.

3. Understanding Child and Adolescent Development
This element explores the key theoretical frameworks for individual and group development in childhood and adolescence and their implications for therapeutic practices.

4. Developing Children's Social and Emotional Well Being

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

- Demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of an integrative, relational, developmental and ecosystemic approach to psychological therapy with children and young people
- Shown abilities and skills to work therapeutically with children and young people
- Demonstrated a highly developed ethical attitude both in therapeutic practice and research
- Shown a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific topic;
- Demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
- Shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
- Demonstrated self-direction, originality and ethical awareness in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Format

The course is composed of two key elements: (i) the research methods training course and (ii) the 'Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling' thematic route. Teaching time is split between the two elements, with 32 hours of teaching being given to research methods and 64 hours being given to the subject specific content. The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, smaller group seminars and individual supervisions.

Each term, written work is submitted and formative feedback is provided. Informally, feedback will also be provided through regular supervisions (three times a term). At the end of each term, supervisors are required to provide a report on student progress which can be viewed by the student through CGSRS.

Assessment

- Thesis: Up to 20,000 words
- Essay 1: 6,000-6,500 words.
- Essay 2: 6,000-6,500 words.

Continuing

Students wishing to continue from the MPhil in Education to PhD are required to achieve:

1) an average of 70 across both sections with the thesis counting as double-weighted (eg: (Essay 1 + Essay 2 + thesis + thesis) divided by 4 = 70 or above.
Or
2) a straight mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

The Faculty is pleased to say that, in general, education students are successful in most of the funding competitions, and, in a typical year, will host students who have been awarded funding from all of the major funding bodies.

In addition, a number of Colleges have their own scholarships/bursaries, but these will be restricted to College members. Finally, it is important to note that deadlines for scholarships and bursaries are early, so applicants are strongly encouraged to explore funding opportunities as soon as possible - at least a year in advance of the start of the course.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling Masters degree is part of a B.A.C.P. and U.K.A.P.C. accredited route to becoming a child and adolescent psychotherapeutic counsellor. Read more
The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling Masters degree is part of a B.A.C.P. and U.K.A.P.C. accredited route to becoming a child and adolescent psychotherapeutic counsellor. To become an accredited practitioner candidates are also required to hold the Advanced Diploma in Child and Adolescent Counselling. The increased emphasis on the integration of education, social services and health in the delivery of services to children under the Children's Act 2004, make this route particularly pertinent and valuable, not only to teachers but to a wide range of practitioners within the area.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/ededmeepc

Course detail

The four main elements of the route are:

1. The Therapeutic Relationship and Therapeutic Processes
This element explores an integrative approach to the therapeutic relationship. It will include a study of the working alliance, the transferential relationship and the person to person relationship.

2. Professional Issues in Therapy with Children
In these sessions, the key professional, ethical and legal issues surrounding the practice of therapeutic counselling and research on counselling are examined. Since the context of work with children and adolescents is rapidly changing, with increased emphasis on working with other agencies, systems and groups as well as with individuals, it is important to understand different contexts and the different modes of working within them.

3. Understanding Child and Adolescent Development
This element explores the key theoretical frameworks for individual and group development in childhood and adolescence and their implications for therapeutic practices.

4. Developing Children's Social and Emotional Well Being
This element explores how children's social and emotional well being can be developed in proactive and educational, as well as therapeutic, ways.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme students will have:

- Demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of an integrative, relational, developmental and ecosystemic approach to psychological therapy with children and young people
- Shown abilities and skills to work therapeutically with children and young people
- Demonstrated a highly developed ethical attitude both in therapeutic practice and research
- Shown a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific topic;
- Demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
- Shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
- Demonstrated self-direction, originality and ethical awareness in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Format

The course is composed of two key elements: (i) the research methods training course and (ii) the 'Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling' thematic route. Teaching time is split between the two elements, with 32 hours of teaching being given to research methods and 64 hours being given to the subject specific content. The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, smaller group seminars and individual supervisions.

Written feedback is provided on the thesis by two independent assessors. Informally, feedback will also be provided through regular supervisions. Supervisors are required to provide a report on student progress which can be viewed by the student through CGSRS.

Assessment

Thesis: Up to 20,000 words.

Students following the two year MEd programme are required to submit the following in Year 1:
Essay 1: 6,000-6,500 words.
Essay 2: 6,000-6,500 words.

Continuing

Students wishing to continue from the Masters in Education to PhD or Ed D are required to achieve:

1) an average of 70 across both sections with the thesis counting as double-weighted (eg: (Essay 1 + Essay 2 + thesis + thesis) divided by 4 = 70 or above.
Or
2) a straight mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

The Faculty is pleased to say that, in general, education students are successful in most of the funding competitions, and, in a typical year, will host students who have been awarded funding from all of the major funding bodies.

In addition, a number of Colleges have their own scholarships/bursaries, but these will be restricted to College members. Finally, it is important to note that deadlines for scholarships and bursaries are early, so applicants are strongly encouraged to explore funding opportunities as soon as possible - at least a year in advance of the start of the course.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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The Faculty of Health Sciences in conjunction with St Patrick's Hospital Mental Health Services is now offering an interdisciplinary strand in Child, Adolescent and Family as part of its taught Masters in Science in Mental Health programme. Read more
The Faculty of Health Sciences in conjunction with St Patrick's Hospital Mental Health Services is now offering an interdisciplinary strand in Child, Adolescent and Family as part of its taught Masters in Science in Mental Health programme. Students will come from a variety of backgrounds including nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, social work, psychology, psychotherapy, teaching and education services. The aim of this programme is to strengthen and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the participants, thus enabling them to fulfil their highest potential in both their personal and professional lives. The design of the course is such that it enhances the collaboration between disciplines working with children, adolescents and families with mental health problems. The programme is firmly grounded in a body of knowledge that aims to promote excellence in the participant's area of practice.

Child, Adolescent and Family strand: MSc in Mental Health

Also, the Faculty of Health Sciences in conjunction with St Patrick's Hospital Mental Health Services is now offering an interdisciplinary strand in Child, Adolescent and Family as part of its taught Masters in Science in Mental Health programme. Students will come from a variety of backgrounds including nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, social work, psychology, psychotherapy, teaching and education services. The aim of this programme is to strengthen and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the participants, thus enabling them to fulfil their highest potential in both their personal and professional lives. The design of the course is such that it enhances the collaboration between disciplines working with children, adolescents and families with mental health problems. The programme is firmly grounded in a body of knowledge that aims to promote excellence in the participant's area of practice. It is designed to provide an academically robust education for the participants and the various modules offered develop and complement subjects undertaken at degree or 'equivalent' level.

This M.Sc. in Mental Health (Child, Adolescent and Family strand) offers the student two specialist modules in year one, a number of core modules shared with other MSc students, as well as clinical placements. The specialist modules are 'Child and Adolescent and Family Mental Health Interventions' and 'Theoretical and Evidenced Based Practices in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health.

Students on this programme are recognised as practising professionals with a resource of practice and educational skills and knowledge that will enhance their learning at this advanced stage of their personal and professional pathway. Each student is considered unique in life experiences, motivation for learning, learning style and scholastic ability. Throughout the programme a variety of student-focused teaching strategies is used, including co-operative learning, self-directed learning and experiential learning methods. Interdisciplinary sharing of knowledge and perspectives is encouraged and rewarded. Students' past experiences are valued and integrated as a rich source of reflection and learning. Feedback and support are tailored to meet the individual needs of the student. Students also have an opportunity to engage in shaping aspects of the educational programme.

Students are enabled to reflect, inquire, critique, problem solve, evaluate and debate professional and practice issues in an academically robust manner. Students are empowered to generate evidence that will improve practice and are guided and supported through that process. Graduates of this programme, in applying their learning, can be expected to provide high quality care, leadership and education and to promote and develop excellence in their practice setting. The student is viewed as an active participant with responsibility for his/her own learning and development. Hence, the curriculum is focused on a transactional model of education, which strives to be collegial in nature and promotes independent, self-directed learning and self-evaluation.

All students register on the MSc course in the first instance. Students may choose to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health on successful completion of six modules. Students who successfully complete all the required elements of the M.Sc. course will be awarded an M.Sc. in Mental Health. The Child, Adolescent and Family strand of the MSc in Mental Health may only be taken over two years.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for this course will be currently working in mental health/mental illness field; and in the case of the Child, adolescent and family strand, be working in child, adolescent and family mental health services and have a minimum of one year's recent experience in the area of mental health/mental illness; and in the case of the child, adolescent and family strand, be currently employed in the area of mental health/mental illness/child, adolescent and family services and have Garda clearance for working with children and adolescents. Candidates will also normally hold an honors degree in a relevant discipline; or otherwise satisfy the selection panel that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course.

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LEARN ABOUT THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS. Read more

LEARN ABOUT THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

How do children and adolescents develop? How do emotional and behavioural disorders emerge, and how can they be prevented? How can you use scientific knowledge to advise schools? In the Master’s programme Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, you will learn how to apply your knowledge of developmental psychology in clinical practice.

Care, treatment and support

During this one-year Master’s programme, you will learn all about the psychological care, treatment and support of children and young people. We will also address how policies and institutions can contribute to child development.

As a child and youth psychologist, you will study:

  • systematic changes over the course of a child’s life;
  • the developmental processes that underlie and account for these changes;
  • the social context of developmental changes.

You will also learn knowledge and skills for assessing (diagnostics), treating (intervention), and preventing problematic youth development.

Societal issues

In addition to these topics, you will also learn about relevant societal issues, such as:

  • bullying and its prevention
  • juvenile criminal behaviour

Research-driven

This programme is offered by various chair groups, which conduct research into:

Researchers from these programmes teach courses and supervise the students’ theses. Students also have the opportunity to take part in their research projects as research assistants.

Learn to look beyond the limits of psychology

In order to prevent and alleviate psycho-social problems in children and young people, a variety of perspectives are needed: pedagogical, medical, educational and sometimes legal. Students in this Master's programme will therefore learn to consider these ‘non-psychological’ factors as well. You can also enrol in elective courses in other fields of study. If you do a clinical internship, you may work as part of a multi-disciplinary team together with child psychiatrists, social-psychiatric caregivers, social workers and internal mentors.

Internship

The Master’s programme is structured in such a way that you can begin your internship immediately in September. If you decide to enrol in our Master’s programme, it is therefore vital that you start looking for an internship position in time. It becomes progressively more difficult to find an internship position if you start applying later in the year. Check the study programme page for more about the internships.

For information about the internship and application procedures, please contact our internship coordinator at  as soon as possible after enrolling in the Master’s programme. 

OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME

You will develop into a scientist-practitioner, who is able to make a difference in the practice of child and adolescent psychology by tying the knowledge gained in theoretical courses to practical experience obtained during your internship.This Master's programme prepares you for a career as a care provider, diagnostician or policy consultant. You may also choose to continue your studies, as this programme qualifies you (in the Netherlands) for post-academic education as a clinical psychologist, school psychologist and the registration process for NIP Child- and Youth Psychologist/NIP Registered Psychologist/Child and Youth.

NIP Basic Psychodiagnostics Registration (BAPD)

If you are a Dutch-speaking student, this Master's programme offers you the possibility to earn your NIP Basic Psychodiagnostics Registration (BAPD) (in Dutch) during your Master’s or afterwards. You can also apply for different postgraduate programmes (Healthcare Psychologist; in Dutch: Gezondheidszorgpsycholoog, Child and Adolescent Psychologist NIP/SKJ or School Psychologist) or pursue a PhD position. For international students, formal accreditation needs to take place at an individual level by the national union of psychologists of your home country.



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The programme aims to provide to all those with experience of working with young children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings (i.e. Read more
The programme aims to provide to all those with experience of working with young children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings (i.e. health, local authority, educational settings and/or within the voluntary and independent sector), the opportunity to update, enhance and develop their critical understanding, knowledge and advanced practice capabilities, in child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) work in multidisciplinary and multi-agency settings.

The programme aims to equip students with both the sophisticated knowledge needed and capabilities required, to undertake CAMH work and in supporting others in working with children and families; to do so confidently and safely. The programme will address and explore issues of equity 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. The programme aims to develop authoritative clinical leadership and professional practice capability in the field of child and adolescent mental health (Government response to CAMHS review DCSF 2010).

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.

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This distinctive Masters degree is ideal if you work, or aspire to work, in the children and young people’s sector and/or in mental health. Read more
This distinctive Masters degree is ideal if you work, or aspire to work, in the children and young people’s sector and/or in mental health. Challenging current thinking and reflecting on how to deliver best practice will provide you with the skills and confidence to become a highly effective leader and change agent in child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing. The course offers a strong focus on the role of early intervention as a preventative measure, along with protecting and promoting lifelong mental health and wellbeing through the critical exploration of evidence-based literature and research. The programme is underpinned by key contemporary Government policy, guidelines and practice. It will equip you with research skills relevant to applied research in a range of contemporary clinical and social care practice contexts.

What will I study?

The programme begins by introducing the concepts of leadership and change management, while also examining the individual differences in mental health across the child and adolescent age span and exploring the value and efficacy of early interventions.

You will then focus on innovation in mental health with a particular focus on your own area of interest, while the importance of an integrated approach to mental health services will be emphasised and investigated.

A module focused on research methods will equip you with the skills required to complete a dissertation of a publishable standard in your chosen discipline.

How will I study?

The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, student-led seminars, tutorials and practical activities.

How will I be assessed?

Typical assessments will involve the writing of essays and reports. You will also be assessed through individual presentations.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

The research-active programme team has direct experience of working with children, young people, families and communities, including experience of working in the mental health sector and in child and adolescent mental health services.

Additional expertise will be provided by guest lecturers who will be invited to share their knowledge and experience of subjects such as eating disorders and therapeutic interventions.

The research interests of the programme team include the use of early interventions and parenting on the resilience of children, the use of sports in the development and enhancement of resilience in childhood, service quality provision and multiagency service provision.

What are my career prospects?

On successful completion of this programme, potential employment routes include pastoral support workers, special educational needs coordinators, children’s centre workers, youth workers, social care workers, teaching assistants, learning mentors, family support officers or parent liaison roles. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue research-based career opportunities.

The course also provides ideal preparation for further study which might ultimately lead to a career in child psychology, nursing or teaching (further training required).

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The course. is designed for practitioners from Health, Education, Social Care and Voluntary care services with some experience of working with children and adolescents. Read more

The course is designed for practitioners from Health, Education, Social Care and Voluntary care services with some experience of working with children and adolescents. Students need to be a practitioner in relevant area of practice such as education or health and social care. You may have completed a core professional qualification i.e. nursing, social work, occupational therapy, health visiting, or school nursing and wish to advance your knowledge, although this is not essential.

The course is studied over three years with two pathways in your final year of study; a full research pathway or a taught research pathway. Teaching will involve a broad range of teaching methods including role play and experiential learning, structured reflection, seminar presentations, small group work and video assisted learning.

You will need to have access to working with children and/ or young people and families throughout the course and you will need support for study leave from your line manager to attend scheduled teaching sessions.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Course leader Sharon Pagett has 15 years clinical experience within CAMH. Sharon’s professional background is mental health nursing and she has a range of clinical experience within CAMH services within Day Units and community services. Sharon has led the University’s Graduate Diploma in CAMH for 15 years, which was commissioned by the NHS. This course has consistently evaluated well since its inception. Members of the teaching team also have a range of clinical experience within CAMH services; Simon Baverstock has experience within in-patient child and adolescent inpatient services and violence reduction. He has an MSc in Personality Disorder and has interests in emerging personality disorder, trauma and mindfulness-based interventions.

Dr Karen Whittaker (Reader in Child and Family Health) leads the Child and Family Health research theme group referred to as SEaRCCH, (Supporting Evaluation and Research in Child and Community Health) within the School of Nursing. She is an Institute of Health Visiting Fellow and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Karen’s professional background is in nursing and health visiting, previously practicing as a health visitor in the city of Salford and later in Lancashire. Her own doctorate and post-doctorate research has involved the application of realist evaluation methods to examine parenting and family support.

OPPORTUNITIES

The course will develop students’ knowledge in the area of child and adolescent mental health, developing skills that are transferrable in a range of settings from social care to education and also within a range of health services specific to children and adolescents. With the emphasis on early intervention and raising awareness of mental health issues in children and young people, the range of settings where this award could be used is constantly developing.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Modules within the course look at a range of areas such as issues around attachment, normal childhood development, parenting and trauma informed care. Areas specifically related to children and young people’s mental health are considered in depth from assessment to interventions, covering specific areas of concern such as ADHD, ASD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm and emergent personality disorder.



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The course is aimed at professionals working with children and young people with mental health issues. The course has been developed by a multi-professional team to provide new insights into working with complex family mental health issues in the community. Read more

The course is aimed at professionals working with children and young people with mental health issues. The course has been developed by a multi-professional team to provide new insights into working with complex family mental health issues in the community. The perspectives of practitioners from health, social care and education is integrated into the delivery of both modules.

The first module provides you with the framework for assessment of children and young people and the factors which impact on their emotional health. During this module attachment, family dynamics, concepts of risk and resilience are examined in depth.

The second module presents the aetiology of mental disorders and their management and treatment. You build your knowledge and skills in diagnostic tools, cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, family therapy, sensory assessment/integration and psychotherapy through role play and personal research.

All practitioners are required to demonstrate extended specialist knowledge in their chosen speciality when they are applying for career progression. Completing this course allows you to demonstrate your extended knowledge in caring for children, adolescents and families with mental health issues. This course enables you to contribute to the workforce transformation agenda as you apply these skills in your workplace.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Early intervention in child, adolescent and family mental health (30 credits)

Focused upon early years: neuro/cognitive/physical development; attachment; family relationships; risk/resilience, parenting; etc.

  • Enhancing practice in child, adolescent and family mental health (30 credits)

Focuses on disorders and interventions/strategies that arise from childhood into adolescence, and how these impact upon the whole family and the community at large.

Modules can be undertaken as stand-alone, or as part of the PgCert and the credits awarded can then be transferred to further awards (PgDip, MSc Advanced Professional Practice) as appropriate.

Assessment

Written assignments and production of health promotion resource

Employability

Upon completion of a postgraduate certificate, you are able to complete your postgraduate study to Masters level, via PgDip and Masters route, through the Advancing Professional Practice MSc.

The MSc Advancing Professional Practice is an existing flexible route offered in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing that provides the opportunity for students to transfer their postgraduate credit while continuing to advance their practice through completion of modules that are relevant to their practice context. 



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The Master of Science, Psychology of Child & Adolescent Development employs the scientific approach to facilitate our understanding of age-linked development of human behaviour and thought. Read more

The Master of Science, Psychology of Child & Adolescent Development employs the scientific approach to facilitate our understanding of age-linked development of human behaviour and thought. The programme offers students the unique opportunity to study the psychology of social, emotional and cognitive development from birth through early adulthood. The subject matter includes developmental, emotional and behavioural problems, relationships in childhood and adolescence, and cognitive development in the context of legal, health and educational settings. Students also receive advanced training in psychological research methods and, under supervision, complete a research project relevant to human development.

Course structure

Full-time students will take two 30-credit modules per semester, followed by a 60-credit dissertation in the spring and summer.

Part-time students take one module in each semester in years 1 and 2, and undertake the dissertation in year 3.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.



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