This course is aimed at employer-sponsored students who are seeking to train as Approved Mental Health Professionals (AHMP).
AHMP Training is based on a minimum of 600 hours of learning, of which a minimum of 150 hours is allocated to the taught element of the programme.
The course considers the AHMP role in relation to: • Values and Ethics • Law, Policies and Procedures
Additionally it thoroughly grounds students in the following key areas of knowledge, competence and risk: • Mental distress/’mental health difficulties’: models for practice • Partnerships in mental health practice • Risk: evidence-based decision-making and communication
It considers mental health issues from both a diagnostic and social perspective. These modules, along with the 60 day practice will allow students to be recognised by Local Authorities as Approved Mental Health Professionals.
Additionally, following a period (of not less than 6 months) of consolidating skills and knowledge in practice, the course offers students the opportunity to undertake the final module of the postgraduate diploma ‘Supervising, supporting and developing staff’. This module develops students’ supervisorial skills.
To complete the Masters degree, students are required to undertake a final module that provides research training and project supervision. Students will be required to undertake an empirical research project and write a dissertation (12-15,000 words). There will be opportunities for suitably qualified candidates to accredit previous experience and learning and undertake the dissertation module to achieve the Masters degree.
Entrance requirements There are two admissions criteria: employer nomination and academic attainment. The admissions selection process will involve employers, mental health service users and/or carers and University academics.
Employer nomination: All applicants must be nominated by a local authority or other employer.
Academic requirements: Usually applicants will have a good (minimum 2.2) first degree. In exceptional cases candidates without a first degree may submit evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level – the Programme Director will assess this for suitability. Applications for APL and APEL will be considered by the Programme Management Board on an individual basis.