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CAMH Skills for Practice - Level 6 - AC6731


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.

This module adopts a developmental and systemic approach to understanding Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) and the recommended interventions for range of emotional and behavioural problems which can arise in childhood and adolescence.  The module will support professionals, who work directly or indirectly with children and their families to critically understand and promote social, emotional, cognitive, behavioural and family development.  It will also support professionals, to work in collaboration with children, families and in partnership with other professionals and agencies in order to provide effective care for children at different stages in their development. The module is complementary to the modules AC6729 Prevention & Early Intervention in Child and Adolescent Mental Health & AC6730 Understanding Common Presenting Problems in Child and Adolescent Mental Health..

National and International statistics identify that the prevalence of CAMH disorders is 12.5%. Developing a multi-agency strategy for child and adolescent mental health skills development across all children’s agencies is one of the central aims of all contemporary children’s policy frameworks in particular Children and Young Peoples Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP- IAPT) and the governments paper on Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision.

Ethical issues: anti-oppressive practice, confidentiality, and informed consent underpin the module content and the context of practice. 

Studying this module will enable you to develop a critical understanding of evidence based psychotherapeutic interventions with children, young people and their families. The skills based focus of the module will provide you with ideas and principles to inform your practice and will be informed by approaches such as.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy,

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescence,

Play therapy,

Family Therapy

Narrative Approaches

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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 Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

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 ten study days, five of which are university-based and five 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. The use of the e-learning portal will be central to the delivery of the module content.

Assessment will be via a summative assessment consisting of a 3,000 word assignment aligned to the topic and themes of therapeutic approaches 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 course 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

Delivery Method Blend of Skills Based Workshops, Seminars and Directed Learning Activities

Sector Health, Sport and Social Care

Study Mode Part Time

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start 28 November 2019

Duration 5 teaching days and 5 self-directed study days

This course would suit healthcare professionals working in the areas of Child and Adolescent Mental Health with an interesting in developing their practice in this area. It would also be of benefit to people who are working in non CAMH but come into contact with children and young people for example Paediatric Nurses and School Nurses. The course course covers the following topics: Assessment and Clinical Formulation in CAMHS Systemic, Solution Focussed and Narrative Approaches Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Children and Young People Play Therapy with Children and Young People Family Therapy Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents

Evidence of previous level 5 study.

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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