Short course

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Online course details


£250 (includes VAT)

Next course date

Open now


4 units, 5 hours of study per unit

CPD hours

20 CPD hours


Self-guided online learning



Online course description

Ideally suited for individuals working with children and young people, this Child and Adolescent Mental Health professional development course will provide an overview of some of the common mental and emotional health issues that can be experienced by children and young people and will consider the impact that these health issues may have for the young person and their families. The Child and Adolescent Mental Health course will also offer some low level strategies and advice when supporting a child or young person with a mental health issue.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health course will specifically consider working with young people with anxiety and depression and also children and young people who self-harm. In addition, the course will consider the impact of having Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and will review some approaches on how to support children and young people with ASD.

Though open to anyone wishing to better understand the subject, this short course is suitable to those working with young people in educational, support, care or mental health environments and children’s services such as early year’s providers, schools and colleges, children’s centres and youth organisations. It will be of particular interest to people in roles such as:

98%agree that the online learning system is easy to useShort Course Experience Survey 2021
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This professional development course will provide you with:

Child and Adolescent Mental Health video

View Vicky Cockerill introduces the Child and Adolescent Mental Health course video transcript

"I predominantly work with female victims of DV, but there are often families in the setting where I work (refuge). I can help to support and signpost mum if they have a child who is struggling with their mental health, or who have a diagnosis, or are self-harming etc. I will feel more confident in identifying behaviours and understand the symptoms / signs much better, which will enable me to support the family as a whole, so this will have a positive impact."

Child and Adolescent Mental Health feedback from the Short Course Experience Survey 2021

Structure, certificates and assessment

You will study this course 100% online. It comprises a range of activities including:

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.

An accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office

We are proud to be an accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office for our online short courses and free courses, demonstrating that they conform to CPD best practice and are appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record.

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Course units

The course is made up of 4 units, each will require approximately 5 hours of study.

The content of the units will be supported by relevant evidence, guidelines, disorder specific theoretical frameworks and National UK Policy.

This unit looks at key policy that guides child and adolescent mental healthcare as well as reviewing the key roles involved in the diagnosis and care of children with mental, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

In this unit we will understand what constitutes a diagnosis of ASD whilst considering the impact of a diagnosis of ASD upon a young person. Low level interventions that can be used to support young people with ASD will also be examined.

In this unit we will analyse what constitutes a diagnosis of anxiety and depression whilst developing an understanding of psychoeducational strategies to help young people understand anxiety and depression.

In this unit we will evaluate the condition and circumstance whereby self-harming behaviour may be exhibited by young people and will consider low level interventions which can be used to support young people who self-harm. The importance of risk assessment and reporting will also be understood.

Learning outcomes


A flexible course that fits in with working and family life

This learner led course is open for continuous enrolment, which means it can be studied at any time and delivered 100% online, allowing you to manage your personal and professional commitments. This is a self-guided course which involves reflective activities to assess subject understanding. Our online short courses are designed to be intellectually stimulating, thought provoking and rewarding.

Fees and funding

Fee: £250 (includes VAT)

Course requirements

The course is widely available for anyone to take part in regardless of age, location or education status.

However, there are some basic requirements. You will need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic devices, as well as a valid email address to register with our online learning environment in order to take part in the course.

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

Learners should have an understanding of the English Language and the ability to study in English.

How to enrol

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

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