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Course content

This multidisciplinary course aims to promote an advanced level of knowledge and understanding in the area of child and adolescent mental health. The course will provide you with the opportunity to critically explore the context through which children and young people experience distress.

Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) MSc 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. This course is suitable for you if you are a psychology graduate, or have studied other cognate disciplines, social and behavioral sciences, education and related fields. Some voluntary or professional experience of work with children and adolescents is desirable, but not essential.

Course content

The course explores mental health in childhood and adolescence. Through studying this course you will develop your 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. This course is taught by a multidisciplinary team, to ensure that you engage with a diverse range of perspectives. Child and adolescent mental health is understood in its developmental and social context and you will explore both theoretical and practice related issues. Your research skills will also be developed through a taught research methods module and dissertation module. Modules are taught by practitioners and academics from psychology, counselling, social work, nursing, psychiatric nursing, law and psychiatry and as such engage with a diverse range of perspectives.

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.

If you choose to complete the full MSc you will need to complete an individual research project and submit a thesis (which is 12-15,000 words). Please note that this is not required for the postgraduate diploma.


Career Opportunities

The course is intended to develop your specific mental health knowledge and skills in a range of backgrounds and perspectives, to enable you to work more effectively with children and young people. The course will provide you with the theoretical underpinning to better understand the nature of children and young people’s distress, as well as some broad core practical skills. MSc CAMH does not provide a direct route into a specific role within CAMHS, rather it specialises your knowledge, opening up opportunities for a variety of roles within CAMHS and other related services.

Visit the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHs) - MSc page on the University of Northampton website for more details!





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