During this professional development short course you will gain valuable insight and understanding into the difficulties experienced by children and young people whom present with mental health difficulties and you will have the opportunity to consider how you can offer support to these young people for their mental and emotional needs.

Child and adolescent mental health has gained increased media attention in the last 12 months with the recognition of early intervention as a key strategy into addressing the needs of these children and young people. This course has been specifically developed to support individuals within universal childcare settings such as early year’s provisions, schools, colleges, voluntary bodies and youth services (including social workers and school nurses) whom will see children and young people within their daily practice and who are likely to come into contact with children and young people with mental health issues.

The course will offer you the opportunity to not only develop your understanding of specific mental health issues but also to identify ways in which you can help children, young people and their families to understand the difficulties which occur when a young person experiences a mental health issue. You will also explore ways in which you can offer help and support for these young people and their families.

This professional development course will provide you with:

  • Disorder-specific information relating to presenting features and diagnosis.
  • An understanding on how the disorder will impact on the child or young person.
  • Low level strategies that can be safely utilised by non-healthcare professionals to support young people experiencing these difficulties.
  • Tools to identify risk and when additional support is required.
  • Generic information of where specialist support can be obtained.

Learning and assessment

You will study this course 100% online alongside fellow learners and with the support from your tutor. It comprises a range of activities including:

  • Group exercises to create useful resources that you can take away and use in your day-to-day practice.
  • Undertaking activities to help you to reflect including writing a personal journal.
  • Having discussion and debate through online discussion forums.
  • Reading extracts from texts.
  • Engaging with case study scenarios.
  • Watching short videos.

There is no obligation for you to undertake every activity, but being involved in all aspects of the course will help you to achieve a well-rounded knowledge about child and adolescent mental health.

There is no graded assessment. Instead, you will receive a badge for each completed Unit, and then upon completion of the whole course, you will be awarded with an e-certificate.

How to enrol for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health course?

All of our short online courses are delivered through an easy-to-use online learning platform, which you can enrol from directly.

Course requirements:

The course is widely available for anyone to take part regardless of age or location, or level of education or professional work experience.

You will, however, need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic device. You will also need a valid email address to register on the online learning platform in order to take part in the course.

You will be required to agree to the terms and conditions, which will be available when you enrol, before you start the course.