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CAMH Skills for Practice - Level 6 - AC6612

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About this course


This course is part of Continuing Workforce Development for NHS practitioners. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form and gain authorisation from an appropriate decision maker within the NHS before sending it back to us.

One in ten children and young people have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem (National Census 2004) and more recent statistics show a significant increase in the presentation and development of mental health difficulties in children and young people (Association for Young People’s Health 2013).

Developing a multi-agency strategy for child and adolescent mental health skills across all children’s agencies was one of the central aims of children’s policy frameworks including “Every Child Matters”. This concept has been further developed with an early intervention and prevention model proposed in the document “Future in Mind” (2015). The DOH has also developed and promoted the Children and Young Peoples Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP- IAPT). Ensuring the best opportunity for appropriate and timely treatment.

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 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescence, Play therapy, Art Therapy and Family Therapy.

Although this module is not currently taking applications, if you have any queries please email our programme support team at

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 through one of the following options:

1. A written analysis/critical exploration of the evidence supporting the use of a particular therapeutic approach to the treatment of CAMH difficulties e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution focussed and narrative approaches etc. (3500 words)

2. A reflective case study offering a critical examination/exploration of a period of psychotherapeutic involvement with a child or young person. (3500 words

You will also be required to submit a learning log on which you will receive written formative feedback. 

A tripartite clinical supervision arrangement between you, a practice supervisor and the university lecturer will be in place to support the application of module content in your practice setting.


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.


Your Future

This accredited module can count towards the BSc in Practice Development or a Graduate Certificate in CAMHS attracting 20 credits at level 6.  

Course info

Award Type Level 6

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

Sector Healthcare Public Health

Study Mode Classroom Based and e-Learning

Location Coach Lane Campus

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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.

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