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CAMH Skills for Practice - Level 6 - AC6612


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 receive a place you will be emailed an official offer letter, you will need to respond confirming your place within 10 working days.

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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.

Study Dates for October Cohort:

Thursday 18th October

Thursday 1st November

Thursday 15th November

Thursday 29th November

Thursday 6th December

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. 


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 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 Health, Sport and Social Care

Study Mode Part Time

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start October 2018

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.

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

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