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PgCert Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP)

Course Description

This course is aimed at qualified experienced professionals in mental health who wish to become approved mental health professionals (AMHP).

You complete three modules to gain the postgraduate certificate, which are: values, ethics and evidence informed practice; mental health law and policy; AMHP practice (placement).

You study the application of values, ethics and dilemmas, mental health and wider associated law and policy. You also examine the current research that informs knowledge about mental health conditions and treatments. We encourage you to locate and evaluate research findings relevant to your practice.

Learning takes place in workshops, lectures, group and individual tasks and in practice as well as in private study. During the course you develop:
-Autonomous decision making and assessment skills in crisis situations.
-The ability to work with a range of professionals to promote recovery.
-The ability to work in a culturally competent way with a wide range of people in distress the skills and knowledge to apply the law in a way that reflects understanding of the impact on service users and carers.

Placements are in your own agency, usually with an AMHP team. An allocated practice educator provides supervision while you shadow and then lead assessments with a range of AMHP colleagues.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgcert-approved-mental-health-professional-amhp

Professional recognition

This course is approved by The Health and Care Professions Council. You are eligible to be approved by your local Social Services Authority as an approved mental health professional.

Course structure

Full time or part time. Starts September

The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.

Core modules
-Values, ethics and evidence informed practice (15 credits)
-Mental health law and policy (30 credits)
-Approved mental health professional practice (15 credits)

Assessments are by: reflective essays; on-line law test; short presentation; case studies Practice is assessed during your placement.

Visit the PgCert Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Typically you need: a qualification in social work, occupational therapy, mental health or learning disability nursing or chartered psychology; registration with relevant professional body; two years post qualification experience; sponsored by local authority or health trust. You need to have completed shadowing of approved mental health professional assessment and submit a write up of this assessment with your application.

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