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Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice (Online Distance Learning) (MSc/PgCert/PgDip)

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Programme description

This programme offers a unique perspective: that children and young people’s mental health and well-being is influenced by developmental processes at multiple levels, from individual to socio-cultural and that approaches to working with mental health and well-being need to be informed by this dynamic and interactional system.

By drawing on the knowledge and clinical experience of a world-class department of clinical and health psychology, the programme aims to equip students with the knowledge necessary for understanding children and young people’s mental health and well-being from this unique perspective. The programme will also draw upon many other theoretical areas, including early intervention, health promotion, public health, health and social inequalities, critical psychology, developmental psychopathology and resilience.

The programme is part time, fully online, and has been designed with professionals in mind; the online delivery format and part-time study options allow for professionals from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to develop knowledge and practice whilst continuing to meet individual life and work demands.

The core elements of the programme include both conceptual and applied courses. At the conceptual level, the programme will review different theories of children and young people’s mental health involved in the complex structure of typical and atypical development. At the applied level it will include the application of psychological knowledge to difficulties experienced by children and young people and the critical appraisal of psychological knowledge and practice.

Distinctive features of the course, include:

- the critical integration of clinical and professional practice with current theoretical and empirical developments in the evidence base for, and delivery of, mental health programmes for children and young people;
- flexibility of delivery;
- opportunities for knowledge exchange between range of graduates and practitioners from multi-professional backgrounds; and
- many opportunities for the synthesis of theory, evidence and practice

Graduates of the programme can expect to develop key skills and abilities, which are transferable to a number of professional domains, including:

- knowledge and understanding of the developmental and well-being literature;
- research and enquiry skills;
- personal and intellectual autonomy skills;
- technical and practical skills; and
- communication skills

Programme structure

This programme offers a flexible postgraduate degree designed for recent graduates and professionals who are interested in studying at an advanced level.

The programme is designed to be completed part-time. The minimum period the course can be completed is two years, with a maximum completion time of six years.

There are a number of qualification routes available; students enrol on the MSc programme pathway and can exit at any of the following qualification junctures:

- Postgraduate Certificate;
- Postgraduate Diploma; or
- MSc

Courses offered as part of the programme include:

- Developmental Wellbeing;
- Social Inequality and Child and Adolescent Mental Health;
- Research Methods in Applied Psychology;
- Applied Developmental Psychopathology;
- Trauma and Resilience in a Developmental Context; and
- Critical Psychology and Child Mental Health;

The dissertation project takes the form of a systematic review or meta-analysis relating to an aspect of psychological theory, or a psychological model, with relevance to clinical practice in the field of child and adolescent mental health and well-being.

Career opportunities

The programme has been designed to enhance the career development of a range of professions involved in the provision of psychological health and care by improving awareness and application of psychological theory to clinical practice and by broadening the theoretical base from which professions practice.

Previous students have continued to work in, or entered, a range of professions including:

- Clinical practice;
- Nursing;
- Social work and social care;
- Teaching; and
- Voluntary sector organisations

Recent graduates interested in working in the area of child and adolescent mental health would also benefit from this programme. The degree demonstrates a student's high level of commitment to working with children and young people.

Visit the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice (Online Distance Learning) (MSc/PgCert/PgDip) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!





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