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This new programme, a Department of Health initiative, aims to train a new workforce for CAMHS: Childrens Wellbeing Practitioners. Graduates will complement the work of existing practitioners by building better links with communities and offering rapid access to low intensity evidence-based treatment interventions, for mild to moderate mental health difficulties. The programme is only available to employees of CYP IAPT partnerships in London and the South East.

About this degree

Students will learn evidence-based treatment techniques that can be delivered within low-intensity interventions for mild to moderate mental health difficulties as part of a stepped care model of service delivery.

Students undertake three core modules to the value of 60 credits.

Core modules

The programme is divided into three core modules which run in parallel over the year.

  • Fundamental Skills: Children and Young People’s Mental Health Settings: Context and Values
  • Fundamental Skills: Assessment and Engagement
  • Evidence-based Interventions: Theory & Skills

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Teaching and learning

Trainees will be expected to attend teaching for approximately one day per week. Teaching is a combination of lecture-style workshops and small group seminars delivered by leading practitioners in the field. Assessment on the programme will comprise a combination of written, oral and video assessments.


All successful applicants will be undertaking this programme in conjunction with their service role in the CAMHS workforce as a Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme is based and taught at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, a national charity with a worldwide reputation.

We aim to equip students with the knowledge, attitude and competence to operate effectively in service that is inclusive and values driven. Our students will be taught the fundamental skills used to assess cases involving young people.

Students will develop insight and competencies in effective brief (low-intensity) interventions for children, young people and family systems, as well as a range of written and computerised interventions. They will also learn of the services available across Children and Young Person Agencies.

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: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

83% 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.

Visit the Child and Young Persons Psychological Wellbeing Practice (PGCert) page on the University College London website for more details!




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