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This is a part-time modular programme providing continuing professional education for registered social workers who are currently working with children and young people, their families and carers in the UK. Read more
This is a part-time modular programme providing continuing professional education for registered social workers who are currently working with children and young people, their families and carers in the UK.

The programme leads to one of three awards; you can enter at MSc, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma level. Alternatively, you are welcome simply to take any of our units on a credit-only basis.

The programme is normally accessed by qualified social workers as part of their employment with local authorities or voluntary/independent sector organisations in the South West of England. However, we also welcome applications from appropriately qualified and experienced practitioners/managers working elsewhere in the UK. It is managed in partnership with local employers.

Programme structure

The programme is timetabled so that you study on a part-time basis, and access to units is modular.

Postgraduate Certificate students must take three units, normally including at least two of the four core units. If only two core units are taken as part of the Postgraduate Certificate, the remaining 20 credits are taken from the optional units (a total of 60 credit points).

Postgraduate Diploma and Master's students must take all four core units and two of the optional units (a total of 120 credit points).

You will undertake research methods training before accessing the dissertation unit. This is normally achieved through successful completion of the research methods unit, Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences.

Successful completion of the dissertation leads to the full Master's award (a total of 180 credit points).

Credit-only students can undertake any of the units available on the programme. This will give students the opportunity to gain academic credits towards their continuing professional development. However, if students wish to build up academic credits in order to gain a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma or MSc, they will need to take careful note of the requirements for these programmes in terms of mandatory and optional units.

There is also a Graduate Certificate in Social Work with Children and Families for potential students without an undergraduate qualification.

Core units:
-Child Development, Health and Wellbeing
-Contemporary Law and Policy for Child Welfare Services
-Assessment, Risk and Decision-Making
-Social Work with Children and Families with Complex Needs

Optional units - You will be able to choose from a range of optional units. Please note optional units can change from year to year, but may include:
-Advanced Practice in Communication and Direct Work with Children
-Advanced Practice with Looked-after Children; Adoption, Fostering and Kinship Care
-Leadership and Management in Social Work
-Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences
-Researching Child and Family Welfare
-Supervision and Assessment of Professional Practice (Practice Educator Stage 2)
-Dissertation

Careers

Students on the MSc in Advanced Social Work with Children and Families are qualified and experienced social workers, who are currently employed in a variety of children and family settings in the UK. The programme is aligned with the Professional Capabilities Framework and the chief social worker's knowledge and skills statement. It has been designed to provide high-quality continuing professional development for social work practitioners and managers. Successful completion of the programme will support professional registration and enhance opportunities for career progression.

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Develop your techniques for understanding, assessing and working with family issues on the MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Social Work with Children and Families. Read more
Develop your techniques for understanding, assessing and working with family issues on the MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Social Work with Children and Families. Explore the links between good social work practice and the legal context for child and family work, and the significance of being a social work practitioner in a multi-professional environment. Strongly linked to practice, assignments are mainly connected to areas of particular concern in your day to day professional life.

[[Key features
-Train to become an evidence-based practitioner, equipped to manage and lead in busy and constantly changing settings. Take the opportunity to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules.
-Benefit from our collaboration with the Faculty of Business who provide both core and optional modules.
-Complete the programme in a year, with the introduction of a one year full-time study option. Alternatively, balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over two years and up to a maximum of five years.
-Make the most of our blended learning, which combines short study blocks and distance learning technologies with face-to-face teaching, enhancing the learning process by allowing time for reflection. Study comprises of a mixture of lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials.
-A range of assessments are used across modules designed to link your knowledge and skills to your area of practice. This will also enable you to develop advanced practitioner skills, including evidence-based case studies, portfolios and service delivery proposals as well as written and oral work.
-Learn from research active teaching staff, with national and international reputations in this specialist area. You’ll be encouraged to join the faculty’s research groups, nested under the Institute of Health and Community, and will work with our experienced staff on your own research project.
-Choose from three award pathways with full and part-time options: postgraduate certificate (PgCert), 60 credits; postgraduate diploma (PgDip), 120 credits; and masters (MSc), 180 credits.

Course details

Year 1
Core modules
-ADV715 Project Design for Research
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV716 Research Dissertation

Optional modules
-ADV745 Working in the Professional Environment with Children and Families
-ADV723 Advanced Practice with Children and Families
-ADV746 Children, Young People and their Families and the Legal Process

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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This course is an intensive full-time training programme that could see you start a career as a social worker in just 14 months, whilst receiving a Department of Education bursary in addition to course fees. Read more
This course is an intensive full-time training programme that could see you start a career as a social worker in just 14 months, whilst receiving a Department of Education bursary in addition to course fees. Although this qualification is in Children and Families Social Work, it qualifies as a generic social work qualification. On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.

Next start date: month to be confirmed, 2018.

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If you wish to develop your expertise as a Children and Families Social Worker, this course is for you. Developing advanced systematic understanding, knowledge and analytical skills, you will enhance your competence and management of risk, based on the values of contemporary social workers. Read more
If you wish to develop your expertise as a Children and Families Social Worker, this course is for you.

Developing advanced systematic understanding, knowledge and analytical skills, you will enhance your competence and management of risk, based on the values of contemporary social workers.

Intermediate qualifications available:
• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/applied-social-work-practice-children-and-families#about

Course detail

• Study and use the latest ideas and theories, and promote a culture of professional curiosity that embraces current research within children and families social work
• Explore the knowledge, analytical skills and mental agility required in the assessment, planning and decision making needed for best outcomes while working collaboratively in ever-changing environments
• Develop your expertise in critical reflection, bringing analytical and research-led perspectives to the forefront of your practice when making professional judgements in complex family interventions
• Gain your full potential by enhancing your confidence, resilience, adaptability and self-awareness so that you can evaluate and plan for your own future direction and learning needs
• Benefit from discovering how best to protect vulnerable children by making professional and well-informed judgements that are based on analysis of complex evidence.

Modules

• Complex Assessments, Decision Making, Analysis and Risk
• Motivational Interviewing for Social Work
• Current Issues in Fostering and Adoption
• Supervising for Quality and Performance in Social Work
• Practice Educator Training: Stage 1
• Practice Educator Training: Stage 2
• Applying Knowledge to Work Based Learning
• Applied Research Skills in Social Work
• Dissertation for Social Workers: Children and Families

Format

This course will enable child and family social workers to develop a high degree of competence and professional expertise by engaging with current knowledge and developing a high level of skills for intervention.

The course is aimed at registered social workers practicing in the area of Children and Families service provision. Underpinned by the Professional Capabilities Framework (TCSW 2012) and current evidence from research, this course will provide Children and Families practitioners with the advanced systematic understanding, knowledge and skills needed for competent practice and the development of higher level professional capability.

Assessment

Throughout the course you will encounter a wide range of assessments designed to collectively meet a variety of individual learning styles and to support you in your progress towards becoming an autonomous learner.

These methods are designed to test you in all the areas necessary for competent practice as an experienced social work practitioner, as well as the academic disciplines underpinning this practice.

Assessments building towards the final stage of study encourage more self-directed study and autonomous learning. In some units there is an initial assessment early on in the delivery of the course to enable students to practise key skills with feedback given in areas for improvement and development.

Assessment methods include:
• Direct observation of practice
• Reports and case studies
• Presentations
• Dissertation

Careers

As the course has been mapped against the Professional Capability Framework for Social Work (TCSW 2012b), on completion you will have evidence that you have met the capabilities at advanced level.

Many career opportunities will be available to you in social work as a consequence, with some employers sponsoring aspiring practitioners onto this course.

Specifically your employability skills will be enhanced by:
• being given opportunities to practise skills through varied activities and by engaging in a simulated interview that will be recorded and analysed, including receiving thorough feedback on recorded practice
• creating a personal development strategy outlining your strengths, areas for improvements, opportunities for development and how any barriers to these can be overcome, thus mapping out ways for your aspirations to be achieved
• developing employability skills such as professional expertise, high level oral and written communication skills, analytical problem solving and decision making abilities
• learning from other social work practitioners both informally and formally about what works and what does not work in social work with children and families and sharing this knowledge to improve social work practice.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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This exciting and innovative multi-professional open learning course is designed for health, education and social care professionals and those with an interest in this dynamic area of work. Read more
This exciting and innovative multi-professional open learning course is designed for health, education and social care professionals and those with an interest in this dynamic area of work. It aims to challenge and extend the knowledge base, skills and attitudes of those working in, or interested in the field of children, young people and family wellbeing. It critically analyses the evidence-base for such work, and examines interventions that link to positive outcomes.

The programme is offered as open learning only. It is open to home, EU and international students interested in child and adolescent wellbeing, and who want to interact with other graduates and professionals in an online research-based environment. It is taught by experts with a strong record of research and publications in the area.

Please note: course content is scheduled for a forthcoming review and there may be minor changes to the course entry following this review in mid-January 2016. Please continue to check the course entry for the most up to date details.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/child-welfare-and-wellbeing/

Why choose this course?

You will benefit from:
- Teaching by highly qualified staff - many of the teaching team have reputations for excellence in their research fields both nationally and internationally.

- A course that has been designed to maximise flexibility.

- The course can be taken part-time, including, on a module by module basis, building to the PGCert (three modules), a PGDip (six modules), or to a full MSc (nine modules including a triple dissertation module).

- It can be studied by those in full-time or part-time employment.

- The convenience of studying at home with regular periods of concentrated online study with other students on the course.

- Teaching which is delivered through state-of-the-art learning technologies via our Moodle platform.

- Excellent support in the on-line environment by lecturers who are experts in their subject areas, in the child welfare and drug and alcohol fields.

- A lively and exciting department.

- Excellent opportunities for shared learning, with students from many different backgrounds and locations.

- Strong links with Oxford Brookes University’s Children and Families Research Group.

- If you are a social worker or health care professional this course will contribute to ongoing CPD with a focus on learning and continuous improvement.

Teaching and learning

The MSc in Child Welfare and Wellbeing by open learning offers exciting opportunities to those who may be unable to attend university full-time but want to study to an advanced level in a stimulating and dynamic online environment.

Web based open learning materials are provided to guide you during your studies.

You will encounter a variety of innovative online teaching methods, which are designed to support your needs as an open learner.

Approach to assessment

Assessment is mostly on the basis of coursework. A broad range of assessment approaches are used on the course, including essays, critical reviews, case studies, research proposal and virtual presentations. Formative assessment is used extensively to enable you to develop the skills and knowledge required for your summative assignments. Coursework is designed to help you develop a wide range of transferable skills in research, communication and team working.

If you wish to obtain the full MSc in Child Welfare and Wellbeing, the dissertation provides an opportunity to conduct a piece of investigative research that will further your understanding and facilitate the development of a specific area of study.

Specialist facilities

Fully open learning and highly flexible mode of study in the University’s virtual learning environment.

Teaching is delivered through state-of-the-art learning technologies via our Moodle platform.

The programme is delivered by open learning but runs within the University's standard calendar of semesters so there will be specific activities to do each week during the semester and deadlines to meet for coursework submission. During the module you can interact with course tutors and fellow students, enabling for instance, discussion of topics of current interest in child welfare and wellbeing.

Attendance pattern

This is a fully open learning online course, so attendance at the University is not required. It is a highly flexible mode of study and as a course participant you study at a time and place that suits you.

Careers

Our course attracts graduates from a wide range of disciplines. Candidates from around the world enrol on the course to learn about child welfare and wellbeing from an international perspective.
Many students undertaking the MSc in Child Welfare and Wellbeing either work in the children and families field or want to gain future employment in this area of work.

This course supports students in their professional career development as it provides an excellent foundation in the theoretical and research underpinnings of work with children and families.

It is also helpful for people working in the field who are seeking, for the purpose of career advancement, knowledge outside their own specialist area.

The content of modules (ie child protection, substance misuse, evidence informed interventions in child welfare) is highly relevant to the workplace and will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the multiple factors that correlate with outcomes for children and young people.

Students undertaking this course have gone on to work for charitable organisations internationally and in the UK, while others have successfully gained professional promotion or developed their leadership and specialist roles.

Undertaking a research dissertation provides an opportunity to conduct a small piece of investigative research relating to child welfare and wellbeing. This is an opportunity to gain first hand research experience and may lead some to further academic study at PhD level.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

The course is taught by academics with a rich track record in research and publication in the children and families and drug and alcohol fields.

The master's course has close links with the Children and Families Research Group. This group brings together researchers, MSc and PhD students, lecturers, practitioners and external researchers and speakers who have an interest in child welfare and wellbeing and who wish to develop research in this area. Members of the group also contribute to the development of national and international policy guidance.

We are also a strategic collaborator with Action for Children and Work closely with BASPCAN (the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) and the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR).

Our group also has collaborative research links with colleagues in Psychology and Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University, with colleagues from a number of NHS Trusts and Local Authorities and externally with several universities throughout the UK and internationally with universities in Finland, Japan, Australia and Canada.

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We are offering two social work qualifications - an MA and a PGDip - for applicants who hold a relevant degree and experience of paid or voluntary work with vulnerable people within the UK. Read more
We are offering two social work qualifications - an MA and a PGDip - for applicants who hold a relevant degree and experience of paid or voluntary work with vulnerable people within the UK.

The Social Work MA is a two-year full-time course (maximum 5 years on a part-time basis) while the PGDip can typically be gained in 18 months.

Graduates completing the MA or PGDip are eligible for registration as a qualified social worker with the social work regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/social-work/

Why choose this course?

- Our graduates are highly employable with 95% obtaining employment on successful completion of their programme.

- Social Work courses at Oxford Brookes University have been ranked highly in league tables (The Guardian and The Sunday Times University Guides).

- This is an evidence-informed course delivered via innovative mixed mode learning methods (classroom, distance and work-based).

- Our courses access a wide range of work-based learning opportunities in Oxfordshire and neighbouring authorities.

- Our teaching benefits from the input of experienced researchers working in established areas of children and families, drugs and alcohol, ageing, and inter-professional education and collaborative practice.

- Oxford Brookes offers a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate your learning and development..

Professional accreditation

Graduates completing the MA or PGDip are eligible to apply for for registration as a Qualified Social Worker with the HCPC.

This course in detail

The core modules are:
- Skill Development and Professional Communication
- The Policy and Law Context of Social Care
- Social Work Practice 1
- Social Work Theory, Assessment and Evidence-Informed Intervention with Adults
- Supporting Children and Families: Building the Evidence
- Social Work Practice 2
- Social Work Theory, Assessment and Evidence-Informed Intervention with Children and Families

In addition, MA students will be required to undertake
- Applied Research Methods
- Dissertation

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly, the list of modules may vary from that shown here.

Approach to assessment

Our modules are assessed in a variety of ways, including written assignments, class tests, portfolios, presentations and a dissertation.

Practice Placements

Both awards require two practice placements, which will include attendance throughout the summer months.

Attendance pattern

The full-time route is a full-time course which requires five days a week commitment to learning in the University, in practice placement and distance learning.

A typical part-time route would be three days a week. This is dependent on modules taken and the number of years. Practice placement requires a minimum of three days per week attendance.

How this course helps you develop

Graduates of our programmes will have fulfilled the requirements for social work training specified by the Department of Health and the Health and Care Professions Council.

Careers

On successful completion of the MA and PGDip programmes graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a qualified social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council, and then to enter employment.

Graduates of the MA programme will be well-placed to apply for a place on an MPhil / PhD programme should they wish to pursue a career in research at a later date.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

We have a number of promising and senior experienced researchers working in established areas including children and families, drugs and alcohol, ageing, interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

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The Social Work MA programme aims to educate and train individuals to be reflective, research-minded practitioners who are able to work critically and professionally and in accordance with the principle of anti-oppressive practice. Read more

About the course

The Social Work MA programme aims to educate and train individuals to be reflective, research-minded practitioners who are able to work critically and professionally and in accordance with the principle of anti-oppressive practice.
Graduates who successfully complete this programme are eligible to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration.

The professional and academic elements are closely integrated throughout the programme. There are 170 placement days, with the working week divided between time in placement and time in the University.

Aims

This MA Social Work degree programme aims to provide high quality post graduate social work education and training to equip students with comprehensive pre-entry skills to work in any agency employing social workers in the United Kingdom.

Although the statutory sector is the major employer, increasingly social workers are being recruited into voluntary and private sectors in a variety of service provision roles including community-based, residential or day care services in the UK and abroad.

The programme seeks to encourage the personal responsibility of students to function as independent learners and to develop a critical and reflective appreciation of the role of social work in society.

The curriculum provides teaching in both academic and practice elements, which are fully integrated at Brunel University London. It is designed to ensure that learning occurs in an incremental way, with learning outcomes that develop across levels enabling students to demonstrate progression in professional knowledge, skills and values through two years of study.

Specifically, the programme aims to:

- Prepare students for critical and reflective professional practice according to the HCPC’s approval standards of education
- Equip students to practise ethical, innovative and effective social work practice that actively promotes social justice in a diverse society
- Integrate learning in academic and practice elements of the programme so that students have a holistic understanding of social work in variety of professional contexts
- Enable students to identify, understand and critically appraise evidence and research which can inform social work practice
- Enable graduates to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and apply for membership with the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).

Course Content

Compulsory Modules (year 1)

The Foundations of Social Work Practice
Social Work Theories and Perspectives
Life-span Behaviour and Development
Legal Frameworks for Social Justice
Social Policy and Sociology
Professional Skills Development I
Practice Learning I
Approaches to Research

Compulsory Modules (year 2)

Assessment and the Management of Risk and Complexity
Effective Practice with Domestic Violence, Mental Health and Substance Misuse
What Works in Social Work
Professional Skills Development II
Practice Learning II (100 days)
Dissertation

Year 2 Pathways (choose one)

Social Work with Children and Families
Main topics: working with children in need and child protection; theory, research, law, policy and practice; inter-professional workshops on the impact of parental problems including parental substance misuse and domestic violence; critical review of inter-agency and inter-disciplinary practice through serious case reviews; children looked after and leaving care and service user voices; theory and research specific to social work practice with children and families; risk analysis and risk management; the centrality of relation based practice in direct work and communication with children and young people; the family court system and skills in analysing and presenting case material.

Social Work with Adults
Main topics: the development of community-based care and support and integrated adult health and social care including ideological underpinnings and contemporary issues in policy and adult social work practice; person-centred and care management approaches to community-based adult social work practice; and adult practice specialisms.

Note: As this programme may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults, students will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application, previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. The application will cost £51.86 (this amount may be subject to change) and the University will send further instructions as part of the admissions process. For further guidance please email

Work Placements

Brunel University London has an excellent placement team that takes care to match students to appropriate children and families and adult social work placements within the London area. Placement providers have been consistently positive about their experience supervising post-graduate students and have frequently hired students back into permanent posts after they have completed their degree.

Teaching

A wide range of teaching methods are used in the MA Social Work programme including lectures, seminars, workshops, coupled with individual tutorials and group tutorials to ensure large group learning is translated in a more discursive way. Assessments include essays, exams and presentations and students are expected to complete a total of 180 credits of assessed academic work along with a 60 credit dissertation.

Special Features

The programme is transitionally approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.
Students enjoy first-rate facilities in the new Mary Seacole Building.

We are one of the leading providers of university-based social work and social policy research in London and have attracted funding from, amongst other sources, the ESRC, the AHRC, Nuffield Foundation, the Rowntree Trust, the European Union, the Department for Education and Skills and the NHS.

Students benefit from close links with social care providers in local government and in the voluntary sector.

Service users and carers are crucial to our work, and our BEEC (Brunel Experts by Experience Committee) enables them to be involved at all stages of the MA, from interview to assessment.

Recent groundbreaking research into personalisation, service user involvement, Family Drug and Alcohol Courts, young onset dementia and youth and religion, amongst other areas, feed into our taught programmes, making them highly relevant and up-to-date. Our academics include the authors of best selling books on citizenship, community care and child protection.

Anti-oppressive practice has been at the core of our education and training philosophy for some years and this emphasis is evident in the teaching of this programme.

Brunel University has a long history of securing a range of quality placements across London and surrounding areas. We have substantial experience in working across the statutory and independent sector and have strong partnership links.

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This MSc aims to encourage an integrated understanding of child development and a range of childhood disorders, and to give students an opportunity to apply this understanding in a clinical setting through a supervised placement in the second year within a mental health service. Read more
This MSc aims to encourage an integrated understanding of child development and a range of childhood disorders, and to give students an opportunity to apply this understanding in a clinical setting through a supervised placement in the second year within a mental health service.

Degree information

The programme draws together theory, research and therapeutic thinking from a range of perspectives, including clinical and cognitive psychology, systemic thinking, psychoanalysis and neuroscience. In a workshop setting, students develop competencies in engagement, assessment and evaluation, and practical skills necessary for therapeutic work with children and families. These are then put into practice during the clinical placement.

This two-year MSc has a total value of 300 credits. Each year students complete modules to the value of 150 credits.

Year One: taught modules (150 credits). Year Two: clinical skills modules (35 credits), a clinical practice in context module (15 credits) and the research dissertation (100 credits).

Year One core modules
-Multiple Perspectives on Development Psychopathology I
-Multiple Perspectives on Development Psychopathology II
-Development Psychopathology: Development Disorders from Multiple Perspectives
-Research Methods I (formative)
-Research Methods II: Introduction to Statistical Analysis
-Research Methods III: Introduction to Qualitative Research (formative)
-Evaluating Clinical Interventions
-An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory
-The Clinical Theory of Psychoanalysis
-Building and Maintaining Therapeutic Relationships
-Assessment and Planning Clinical Interventions
-Parent-Infant Observation

Year Two core modules
-Clinical Practice in Context
-Clinical Skills I
-Clinical Skills II
-Research Dissertation
-Research Workshop

Dissertation/research project
All MSc students undertake a research portfolio which may include both a developmental and a clinical focus, such as the evaluation and understanding of clinical and therapeutic services for children and young people. This culminates in a dissertation made up of an 8,000-word journal paper, a poster and oral exam.

Teaching and learning
In year one students attend weekly lectures complemented by small group seminars. Modules focusing on clinical skills are classroom based. In year two, as well as taking further modules, students move into a 2-3 days per week placement in a child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) setting, supervised by an experienced clinician. Assessment is by a mixture of course work, examinations and the dissertation.

Careers

Since the MSc was established in 2011 graduates have gone on to work with children and families in various therapeutic settings, or to undertake further doctoral-level clinical training, such as clinical psychology, child psychotherapy, or counselling psychology. Some of our graduates also pursue research careers, including PhD study.

Employability
Completing this MSc will help you develop several core clinical competencies and provide direct supervised experience of work in a child and adolescent mental health service, placing you in a very strong position to proceed to a full clinical training, such as in clinical psychology or child psychotherapy.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme is based at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in London, a world-renowned centre for research, training and clinical practice in the field of child mental health. Distinctive features include teaching by highly experienced clinicians and researchers working in the field of child mental health; the opportunity to develop clinical skills for working with children; practical training in conducting research in clinical settings.

You will also gain exposure to clinical work within NHS and/or voluntary sector organisations involving children, adolescents and families, under the supervision of an experienced clinician.

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The specialization in human development and family studies provides students with the theoretical foundation and research skills necessary for pursuing doctoral work and for advanced employment in a wide variety of occupations serving children, adults, and families. Read more
The specialization in human development and family studies provides students with the theoretical foundation and research skills necessary for pursuing doctoral work and for advanced employment in a wide variety of occupations serving children, adults, and families. Opportunities for research and experiential learning are provided in the research laboratories, The Children′s Program and with various agencies serving children and families across the state of Alabama.

Visit the website http://www.hdfs.ches.ua.edu/human-development-and-family-studies-graduate-program.html

Why Should You Pursue a Graduate Degree in HDFS?

Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

Earning a master’s degree in this discipline allows students the opportunity to:
– Develop critical thinking skills based on research and used to make a positive impact on families.

– Create a more competitive resume to earn supervisory or administrative positions.

– Develop research skills to design and conduct a scholarly project (i.e., thesis) related to children and/or families in an area of your interest.

– Present your research at regional, national and international conferences and network with other professionals and/or graduate students .

– Publish a scholarly project with a faculty advisor.

– Prepare to pursue a doctorate degree.

Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)

Earning a master’s degree in this discipline allows students the opportunity to:
– Develop clinical skills to be a professional working with children and families.

– Practice clinical skills through providing marriage and family therapy under the supervision of a licensed therapist.

– Meet qualifications for state licensure as a marriage and family therapist.

– Gain clinical membership in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

– Network with other students training to be clinicians, educators, and/or professionals in your field.

– Prepare to pursue a doctorate degree.

Parent and Family Life Educator (PAFLE)

Earning a master’s degree in this discipline allows students the opportunity to:
– Develop professional skills to plan and implement preventive educational programs and intervention services for children and families.

– Gain knowledge of family systems, family strengths and contextual influences that impact family functioning.

– Develop skills to help individuals and families realize their potential.

– Network with other students training to be Certified Family Life Educators.

– Develop critical thinking skills to evaluate and deliver effective evidence-based family life education programs.

– Become a Certified Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations.

Find out more in the Graduate Student Handbook (http://www.hdfs.ches.ua.edu/human-development-and-family-studies-graduate-program.html)

Find out how to apply here - http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

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This multidisciplinary course aims to promote an advanced level of knowledge and understanding underpinning practice in the area of Counselling with Children Young People and their families. Read more
This multidisciplinary course aims to promote an advanced level of knowledge and understanding underpinning practice in the area of Counselling with Children Young People and their families.

Course content

This exciting course supports students in developing skills and theoretical knowledge of counselling with children, young people and their families. It is designed for individuals with a significant interest in counselling work with children, who may be practitioners from health, social or voluntary services who work in some capacity with children and young people, or who may be graduates of psychology and other cognate disciplines, social and behavioural sciences, education, health, social care and related fields.

The course is taught by experienced counsellors and therapists with a varied background, supported by some practitioners from allied professions (e.g. psychology, social work, nursing, psychiatric nursing, law and psychiatry).

Students of Counselling with Children and Young People can graduate with either a Postgraduate Diploma or an MSc.

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
-Core Skills for Working with Children and Young People
-Counselling with Children, Young People and Families
-Counselling Children, Young People and Families in Practice
-Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
-Dissertation and Research Methods

Methods of Learning

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

Schedule

Formal teaching takes place and on one to two full days per week for full-time students and on one full day per week in the first year and one full day approximately every other week in the second year for part-time students.

In addition, there is a three day taught intensive session for all students three times per year (first year only). In addition to this, students will be expected to attend one-to-one tutorials at least twice per trimester.

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 research and it is assessed through a 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation.

Facilities and Special Features

-The MSc promotes an advanced theoretical understanding of Counselling with Children and Young People, integrating opportunities to develop practical and professional counselling skills.
-The programme equips students with a working knowledge of child development, psychological difficulties in children and young people in their contexts and counselling based skills for working with them and their carers within an an eco-systemic perspective integrating Systemic Family Therapy, CBT, and Creative therapies.
-This is developed through roleplays, small group process and other skill oriented taught sessions. Supervised placement in a counselling context is mandatory to the enhancement of skills.
-In addition, opportunities for students are structured into the programme to engage in personal development, self-awareness, reflective practice and to benefit from the supervisory relationship. Our CAMH conference (see highlight video below) is an excellent example of extra opportunities available as part of the course.
-Our experienced course team includes specific expertise in CBT, systemic family therapy, Creative therapies, Play therapy and Gestalt approaches, who are able to teach students and integrated approach to counselling with children and young people.

Careers

As a professional master programme, the MSc CCYP leads to a counselling qualification and opens a range of employment possibilities up for its graduates (e.g. private practice, educational and healthcare institutions, community and youth work services, third sector organizations, residential facilities). Graduates may take the MSc as a stepping stone towards further postgraduate study (e.g. Clinical Doctorate).

For students with a first degree in psychology (which is Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) accredited) further postgraduate training opportunities will include doctoral training on British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited courses in Counselling Psychology. Graduates of the programme will be able to work as a counsellor in a range of settings such as healthcare and educational institutions, residential facilities and community and youth work agencies.

For students with a professional background (such as teaching, nursing and social work) the programme will strengthen your skills and competencies and allow you to develop a strong specialism in children’s mental health. You will have the skills to appropriately position yourself as a counsellor and will have a good critical and in-depth understanding of professional practices when working with children, young people, families, parents and carers.

Work Experience - A supervised placement practice of a minimum of 100 hours is compulsory.

On-course requirements

To count towards a professional body accreditation, such as UKCP or BACP, the course require students to undertake a supervised placement practice of a minimum of 100 hours and a minimum 40 hours of personal therapy with an approved and BACP or UKCP accredited counsellor or therapist. A student membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a professional indemnity insurance and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are also mandatory. These requirements imply additional costs on the top of the fee.

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This programme sits within the existing CYP IAPT programmes in specialist psychological therapies. This programme is closely tied to the aims of the Government’s programme to expand the Improving Access to Psychology Therapies (IAPT) programme and to extend it to children and adolescents. Read more
This programme sits within the existing CYP IAPT programmes in specialist psychological therapies. This programme is closely tied to the aims of the Government’s programme to expand the Improving Access to Psychology Therapies (IAPT) programme and to extend it to children and adolescents. The overall aim is to transform the mental health services for children and adolescents (CAMHS) so as to maximise their efficiency and effectiveness, and ensure that their outcomes are measurable.

Are you interested in developing your engagement, clinical assessment and intervention competences? Would you like to develop your clinical competency in the low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy? Would you like to have an understanding of ways to adapt your practice to increase access to evidence-based psychological practice? If the answer to these questions is yes then this may be the programme for you. This programme will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to develop your core competences and knowledge in these areas applied to working with children, young people and their families. A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development. Advantages of the programme are that:

You will study within a vibrant, stimulating and internationally-recognised research environment.
Your learning experience will be enriched by nationally-recognised, innovative, clinical teaching approaches.
You will benefit from the clinical practice experience of many of the clinical training staff.
Find out more about the PGCert Enhanced Evidence-based Practice for Children, Young People and Families programme http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/pgcerteepcypf/ .

Programme structure

During the programme you will study 60 credits of compulsory modules, which may include; Core Skills for Working with Young People with Mental Health Problems and Their Families; Engagement and Assessment Skills with Children, Young People and Their Families and Evidence-based Interventions with Children, Young People and Their Families

Please note these modules provide examples of what you can expect on this course based on recent teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand. For an up to date list and more detailed description please see the website; http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/pgcerteepcypf/structure/

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In these programmes we aim to help you develop your practice in evidence-based psychological therapies for children, young people and families. Read more
In these programmes we aim to help you develop your practice in evidence-based psychological therapies for children, young people and families. You will develop the knowledge and competencies required to be an effective practitioner, as determined by the relevant national curriculum for the Psychological Therapies for Children and Young People (CYP IAPT) Programme. We aim to provide you with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally recognised research environment, nationally recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

The Postgraduate Diploma

The PGDip programme (http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/pgdipptpcypf/) has been developed to equip you with the knowledge and skills in evidence-based psychological therapies required by the UK Department of Health’s Improving Access to the CYP IAPT Programme. You will complete all the requirements of the CYP IAPT national curriculum through university-based workshops, clinical supervision groups and tutorials. You will also be supported to undertake supervised clinical practice with children, young people and their parents. On successful completion of the programme you may be eligible to apply for accreditation of your therapy practice by the appropriate Professional Standards or Regulatory Body, subject to additional requirements as necessary (eg. British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy).

In this programme we aim to help you develop your practice in evidence-based psychological therapies for children, young people and families. You will develop the knowledge and competencies required to be an effective practitioner, as determined by the relevant national curriculum for the CYP IAPT Programme. We aim to provide you with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally recognised research environment, nationally recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

The MSc

The MSc programme (http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/mscptprcypf/) has been developed to enable you extend the PGDip programme, into a MSc by undertaking a piece of empirical research. The research dissertation will allow you to follow your research interests in a topic related to children, young people and/or family mental health or a project related to a service-based development need in this area. Supervision is provided by a clinical/psychological therapies researcher with provision available to support project supervision over the telephone or through internet-based software applications to improve access to the programme.

In this programme we aim to help you consolidate your previous training as an effective and evidence-based practitioner in evidence-based psychological therapies for children, young people and families by undertaking a research dissertation in this area. We aim to provide you with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally-recognised research environment, nationally-recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

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Advances in medical care and technology now mean that many more children are living with complex health care needs and life limiting illness. Read more
Advances in medical care and technology now mean that many more children are living with complex health care needs and life limiting illness. This programme is designed to develop expertise in those caring for and supporting children and their families in a variety of settings. The Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Education, Psychology and Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work have combined their expertise to create new and innovative programmes, under the Improving Children’s Lives initiative, which will allow students to develop into leadership positions where they can improve children’s lives in real terms.

We anticipate the course will appeal to a variety of people already working in relevant organisations, including children’s nurses and allied health professionals involved in caring for children and young people within the health and social care system, as well as those working for NGOs and charitable organisations, whose focus is supporting children and young people with complex health needs and their families. The programme has been constructed to enable students to pursue individual interests and to maximise the range of modules available to students - within the School of Nursing & Midwifery and in the other schools collaborating in the Improving Children’s Lives initiative.

The overall aim of the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s MSc in Caring for Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs is to offer high quality supportive teaching and learning environments that provide graduates with:
1. Skills necessary to promote and sustain innovative and emerging practice.
2. Intellectual and transferable skills necessary to function in positions of leadership and caring for children and young people with complex health needs.
3. Skills enabling graduates to critically review and introduce current evidence to practice or other investigative strategies relevant to caring for children and young people with complex health needs and their families.
4. Extensive research through execution of a Dissertation relating to caring for children and young people with complex health needs.

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The aim of this course is to enable you to become confident practitioners in the fast-changing world of social work. With an emphasis on professionalism, professional judgement, relationship focussed work and protection, you will develop the capability to work across all areas of the social work profession. Read more

Why take this course?

The aim of this course is to enable you to become confident practitioners in the fast-changing world of social work. With an emphasis on professionalism, professional judgement, relationship focussed work and protection, you will develop the capability to work across all areas of the social work profession.

We endeavour to recruit students to our health and social care courses who have the right values base and demonstrate appropriate behaviours. We embed the values of the NHS Constitution throughout our admissions processes and they are an essential part of the curricula. Find out more about the values we look for.

For further health information, please see our additional health information page.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Be taught by experts at the forefront of research and who are fully informed on developments within the social work field
Experience broad ranging teaching methods including simulation and workshops in preparation for, and during, two respective work placements
Work alongside service users and carers using creative and contemporary techniques in social work practice
Put your learning into action during your practice placements

What opportunities might it lead to?

This Master's course is a professional qualification for social work approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It will provide you with the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge, theory, values and skills to work with vulnerable individuals and groups in society.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Social work practice
Community healthcare practice
Practice teaching
Voluntary organisations

Module Details

This Master's degree is a professional qualification for social work approved by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). It will give you the chance to acquire the knowledge, theory, values and skills to work with vulnerable individuals and groups in society. It will also enable you to develop the flexibility to work in any sector of social work – children and families, mental health, disabilities, vulnerable adults, or within a wide range of voluntary and independent organisations providing services to people who are homeless, who misuse substances, who are in the criminal justice system or who have experience of the care system. You will study the following units:

Year One

Social Work Theory and Context
Evidence-based Practice and other approaches to research
Empowering service users and promoting inclusion
Practice Placement 1
Legal and Policy Frameworks for Social Work (1)

Year Two

Legal and Policy Frameworks for Social Work (2)
Project - Writing for a publication
Practice Placement 2
Critical Practice across Service User Groups

Programme Assessment

You will be allocated a personal tutor, who will support, advise and assist you throughout the course. We use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, group work and other classroom strategies, group and creative work with service users and carers, and simulation work and skills workshops. To see examples of how we work closely with service users, visit http://www.swig.uk.net.

Assessment is primarily based on written, oral or portfolio evidence and is measured against HCPC Standards of Proficiency and the Professional Capability Framework developed by the College of Social Work. There are no formal written examinations.

Student Destinations

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), enabling you to work as a professional social worker in a wide variety of statutory, voluntary and independent sector agencies. This course will enable you to develop the flexibility to work in any sector of social work – children and families, mental health, disabilities, vulnerable adults or in the wide range of voluntary and independent organisations providing services to people who are homeless, misuse substances, are in the criminal justice system or who have experience of the care system.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Social worker
Care manager
Persistent offender coordinator
Family support worker
Housing adviser

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Overview

Social Work is a practice based profession which engages people and groups to address complex life challenges and enhance well being. The social work discipline is underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and practice based knowledge. Our enthusiastic staff group bring a wide variety of experiences from practice and research which include: child rights, gerontology, protection and safeguarding and the value base of social work. We have a long established history of providing social work at Keele and offer an informed and critical approach to knowledge about the social content in which social work is practiced. We offer an excellent range of practice placements and our highly regarded skill based learning is led by social work practitioners and people who use services. Graduates from the MA programmes have consistently demonstrated high rates of progression into relevant employment.

We also offer a Professional Doctorate in Social Work for registered social work practitioners. More information is available at the following link: http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/socialwork/

Course Aims

The course prepares you at postgraduate level for employment as a professionally qualified social worker and lays the foundation for your continuing professional development. It also provides an academically rigorous education at Masters Level, focusing on critical, research and evaluative skills. In order to qualify, you will be assessed through assessed practice and relevant academic study. After qualification you are eligible to apply for registration to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). For this process all social work students (undergraduate and postgraduate) must be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding, critical evaluation and practice application of the following:
- Principles, values and ethics, theories, models and methods;

- Legislation and policy/social work services and service users;

- Organisational/service delivery context;

- Practice.

Course Content

This professional qualifying programme continues for two full calendar years (24 months) full-time, starting in September. Teaching methods include seminars, lectures, workshops and skills workshops employing a range of methods. All parts of the course are compulsory. The programme incorporates the following elements:

- 300 Masters Level credits, of which 60 credits are awarded on the basis of a dissertation and 240 credits through taught modules – these are to be passed at Masters Level, with a pass mark of 50%, for the award of MA;

- Assessment in line with the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work comprising practice learning of 170 days and practice associated assignments which are to be passed at Masters level;

- The core curriculum content as specified by the College of Social Work;

- Compliance with QAA benchmark statement for social work.

In Year One of the course you must demonstrate your suitability for professional training in order to progress to the next stage of the award. This year will also introduce you to the general principles of social work. Year Two aims to develop analytical, research and evaluation skills integrated with your developing practice, knowledge, skills and values. Each year includes practice learning in a social work setting.

Year One:
Taught Modules

(Assessed at Masters level (credits in brackets) - total 70 Level 4 credits)

- Power and discrimination (10)
- Introduction to legal processes (10)
- Social work theory and methods 1 (10)
- Area of Practice 1: children and families (15)
- Area of Practice 1: adults (social science, law, policy and practice) (15)
- Life course development (10)

Personal and Professional Development
- Taught element (interpersonal skills, preparation for practice learning)
- 100 days practice learning

Year Two:
Taught Modules

(Assessed at Masters level (credits in brackets) - total 50 Level 4 credits)

- Social work theory and methods 2 (10)
- Social work research (10)
- Area of practice 2: children and families (law, disability, mental health, inter-professional working, risk) (15)
- Area of practice 2: adults (law, disability, mental health, interprofessional working, risk) (15)

Dissertation:
15,000 words dissertation (60 Level 4 credits)
Personal and Professional Development

- Taught element (interpersonal skills, preparation for practice learning)
- 100 days practice learning

Teaching & Assessment

You are required to pass all written assignments including essays and case studies, and examinations (year two only), together with a dissertation. You must also reach a satisfactory level of competence in relation to the Standards of Proficiency and Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work.

A central feature of this approach is the recognition that you are responsible for your own learning.

Teaching Methods:
We recognise that different people learn in different ways and so we use a variety of methods to ensure that you have ample opportunity to develop you knowledge and skills. These methods include: lectures, group discussions, skills workshops, skills rehearsals, seminars, computer-aided learning and information technology, directed study, private study, self-help groups, direct practice, and tutorials.

Additional Costs

- Additional costs for textbooks, inter-library loans, photocopying, printing, and potential overdue library fines.

- DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks: In addition to meeting academic requirements, all offers are conditional on candidates obtaining a satisfactory, enhanced disclosure and barring service check. This procedure is carried out before the start of the course and will incur a charge of £44 (the current cost of a DBS disclosure).

No other additional costs for this postgraduate programme are anticipated.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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