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This course is aimed at professionals working in mental health settings. It will enable you to develop your understanding of the complex legal and ethical frameworks that apply to mental health practice. The programme will strengthen your knowledge and skills in engaging with clients’ legal and ethical needs and the structured and supportive framework will help you apply your learning in the workplace.

What will I study?

In the first taught module, you will study the legal frameworks that apply to mental health settings which need to be considered when working with users of mental health services. This module will facilitate and further develop a critical awareness of the many complex areas relating to mental health law, and move you towards a position of defensible rather than defensive practices.

The second taught module involves considering the ethical dilemmas and challenges that can face practitioners working in the mental health arena and in particular the relationship between bioethical theories and the law. A work-based learning module concludes the programme and allows you to apply what you have learnt to your practice.

How will I study?

The two taught modules on the programme are delivered via face-to-face sessions at Edge Hill University. Half-day attendance, once a week over two semesters, is typically required.

The work-based learning module involves the construction of an individual learning agreement. You will then be supported to apply the learning from the legal and ethical modules to your practice.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of presentations, case studies as well as critical reflection and deconstruction. The practice-focused module will involve a negotiated assessment.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme is delivered by a dedicated team of research-active professionals and guest speakers drawn from a broad range of health and social care professions. These include experienced mental health practitioners, approved clinicians and lawyers.

What are my career prospects?

The course is designed to assist professionals to demonstrate achievement and progression within the knowledge and skills framework and will assist practitioners to move up the skill escalator.

The course is especially relevant to practitioners working within newly constructed advanced practice roles – Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), Approved Clinician (AC) and Responsible Clinician (RC) – within mental health services.

Visit the PGCert Mental Health Law and Ethics page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

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