The Postgraduate Certificate CAMH (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) is distinctive in that it provides a non-clinical route for generalist and more specialist practitioners, managers and researchers to develop their knowledge of CAMH in a broad context. It is the only course of its kind in Wales and one of very few courses available in England.
The CAMH course will develop knowledgeable and reflective professionals who are able to draw on evidence-based practice in ways that will impact on the workplace and on outcomes for the children and young people in those services. It has been designed to provide opportunities for students to develop their professional knowledge, skills and understanding and most importantly their capacity for critical thinking.
The course aims to produce professionals who are able to engage with the complexities of this area of work, often managing demanding workloads in multi-agency setting whilst still prioritising the interests of the children and families they work with.
Students will take two 30-credit modules, which will include at least one of the following specialist modules:
CAMH: Contexts and Concepts
This has a theoretical focus and introduces students to key concepts within CAMH, and develops their ability to look critically at CAMH issues in context, looking for example at the concepts of risk and protective factors in relation to good outcomes for children and young people.
Managing and Supporting CAMH and SEBD
This looks more at theory of practice and develops students’ ability to look critically at the range of approaches to prevention and interventions through an exploration of a range of approaches and evidence-based interventions.
Other optional modules:
- Promoting Excellence in Learning and Teaching
- Working with Diversity
- Leading and Managing SEN / ALN
- Research Methodology
- TESOL: Designing Language Learning and Teaching
- TESOL Language Use and Acquisition
- TESOL: Materials for Language Professionals
- Developing Professional Practices: Literacy and Communication
- Developing Professional Practices: Numeracy and Mathematics
- Investigating Literacy, Numeracy and Language Learning across the Curriculum
- Innovation in Curriculum Design
- CAMH: Contexts and Concepts
- Learning Through Mentoring
- Managing and Supporting CAMH and SEBD
- Working with More Able and Talented Learners
- Working with Vulnerable Groups
- Autism: Contexts and Concepts
- Developing Digital Competence
- Developing Learning in Organisations
- Developing People in Organisations
- Dyslexia: Theory and Assessment (AMBDA)
- Dyslexia: Theory and Assessment (ATS)
- International Perspectives on Early Childhood
- Managing and Supporting Autism
- Professional Learning
- Professional Learning through Action Research
- SEN/ALN: Contexts and Concepts
- Working with Dyslexia: Linking Theory, Assessment and Practice (AMBDA)
- Working with Dyslexia: Linking Theory, Assessment and Practice (ATS)
- Working with Dyslexia
The CAMH course provides students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to develop as reflective practitioners. This is reflected in both the content and the process of the course. Both specialist modules (CAMH: Contexts and Concepts Managing and Supporting CAMH and SEBD) draw on problem-based learning, case study, role-play and practical sessions which all contribute to a rich learning experience.
The course is delivered on Monday and Tuesday evenings and each module is broken down into 10 sessions of three hours each. Taught sessions are supported by independent study and individual tutorials. Resources are provided electronically wherever possible and so most of the independent study can be undertaken off campus.
The majority of applicants will be professionals working in Children’s Services (education, health and social care) who would like to develop their expertise in relation to CAMH issues as they find themselves working with children and young people with a greater range of more complex difficulties. As professional development it is intended that undertaking the CAMH course will support promotion within a service and/or a move into a more specialist role.