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PGDip Education Mental Health Practitioner for Children and Young People


Edge Hill University    Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

Full time January PGDip 1 year full-time

About the course

The innovative role of an education mental health practitioner forms a key part of the Government’s newly formed Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) and the national Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative. You will become employed by local participating mental health services and spend a training year undertaking this postgraduate diploma in which you will learn how to deliver low intensity evidence-based interventions to support children and young people facing common mental health problems. These include anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties. Through a combination of classroom-based learning and extensive practice experience, you will develop the expertise required to work effectively in child and adolescent mental health settings across both education and healthcare sectors. You will discover how the emerging role of an education mental health practitioner will support whole school approaches to mental health, identify common areas of adversity, disadvantage and risk among children and young people, and foster autonomy, independence and confidence in assessing, formulating and delivering low level interventions.

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Entry Requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject, such as child health and wellbeing, child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing, psychology, or early years, primary or secondary education. GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) is also required.

Experience of working with children and young people and/or in mental health/education settings is desirable.

An interview forms part of the selection process.


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