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CAMH Prevention and Early Intervention - Level 6 - AC6729


About this course

This module is commissioned by Health Education England as part of its continuing workforce development (CWD) portfolio. If you are interested in participating, please complete the application form and gain authorisation from your Line Manager and your Trust Training Coordinator.

To apply please make a note of the module start month, click on book now and choose the application for the correct starting month. Once your application is complete we will contact you in order to confirm whether or not you have been allocated a place.

If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

Contemporary Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Policy recognises the important role played by prevention and early intervention in improving the mental health of children and young people.  It is estimated between 50 and 75% of adult mental health difficulties manifested in childhood and  1:8 young people will experience a diagnosable mental health disorder. You will consider the current government policies, how these aim to address these issues within an preventative paradigm of care creating the opportunity to influence and inform your practice.  This CPD module offers you the opportunity to explore and critically analyse the concepts of mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention within your own practice and the wider context. A range of techniques, approaches and the theoretical underpinning them will be reviewed and connection to their application to practice will be explored. This will provide a wider range of knowledge to draw from when working with children young people and families.

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Learn from the Best

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Workforce Development (CWD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.  We also work very closely with experienced practitioners within the field who are an integral part of the teaching team helping to match theory and practice.

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.

Teaching and Assessment

The course consists of 10 study days, 5 of which are University based and 5 which are allocated as directed study days. This allows for the opportunity as adult learners to take responsibility for your own learning needs and identify specific areas of development that you may wish to pursue.


You will learn through lectures, seminars and directed learning activity. Throughout the CPD course a range of multi media and information technology strategies will be used. The use of the E-learning portal will be central to the delivery of the course content.

This module will allow you the opportunity to critically reflect on current children’s agenda and the impact and role of policy in developing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. You will gain an appreciation of the challenges in applying a model of Early Intervention from a political / financial and moral position. Exploring Early Intervention and Prevention following a development time line from conception to adolescence. The following themes will inform the module content and development.


•             Promotion of mental health, early identification and early intervention for children and families in infancy, early childhood and adolescence.

•             Understanding risk and fostering resilience and its role in the development / prevention of mental health issues in children and young people.

•             Awareness of parenting programmes specifically utilising social learning theory models.

•             Early Intervention within psychosis.

•             Understanding and working with pre and peri natal mental health difficulties.

•             Using a harm minimisation approach with drug and alcohol with cyp.

•             Evidence based early intervention strategies/programmes in the prevention and treatment of mental health, emotional and behavioural issues.

Assessment will be via a summative assessment consisting of a 3,000 word assignment aligned to the topic and themes of Early Intervention and Prevention within CAMH.

You will also submit a formative clinical learning log. This log will be informed by the module learning outcomes and will provide a record of the learning process in practice.

Learning Environment

This CPD module is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.


Research-rich Learning

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


Give Your Career an Edge

As well as enhancing your CV, this course will enable you to use the intellectual and theoretical skills gained to develop your practice in the area of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH). The course is also recognised as a desired requirement for obtaining employment in CAMH services.


Course info

Award Type Level 6

Sector Health, Sport and Social Care

Study Mode Part Time

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start 5th March 2020

Duration 10 weeks

This course would suit healthcare professionals working in the areas of Child and Adolescent Mental Health with an interesting in developing their knowledge and practice in this area. It would also be of benefit to people who are working in non CAMH setting but who come into contact with children and young people in their practice e.g. Paediatric Nurses and School Nurses. The course will cover the following topics: Analysis of current policy and its impact and application within service provision Understanding the Perinatal context of early intervention and prevention Parenting programmes and their role in early intervention Applying early intervention to the issues of drugs and alcohol Low intensity psychological interventions Early Intervention and Prevention in Psychosis

Previous evidence of level 5 study

1. Understand the theories and concepts that underpin the provision of early intervention and prevention within a CAMH setting.

2. Critically analyse evidence that informs early intervention / prevention and draw conclusions about its relevance in CAMH.

3. Hold critical discussions with their peers during workshops and in their written summative assessment in relation to theoretical concepts of Early Intervention and prevention.

4. Identify individual learning needs and utilise learning logs to reflect on individual learning.

5. Develop the characteristics of a Northumbria student as they reflect on service user’s / organisational issues in applying Early Intervention and prevention theories into practice.

If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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