Postgraduate Diploma/MA Child and Adolescent Primary Mental Health Care Work (M42)
Our course is designed to address mental health issues that emerge in working with children, young people and families in primary care. It will provide all those engaged in such work with the necessary capabilities to address this work, train and support others in this work in primary care, tier one and community settings.
Who is this course for?
Why study with us?
Closing date for applications
What students say about the course
Course tutor biography
How to apply
Child and Adolescent Primary Mental Health Care Work (ref. M42) OPEN EVENING
10th of March 2014 at 6:15pmFor registration please contact the course administrator on BRozsa@tavi-port.nhs.uk.
This programme will be of interest to anyone working in front line primary care, who would like to develop their knowledge, skills and practice capabilities, including:
- Child primary mental health workers
- Practitioners in social work developing child and adolescent mental health roles
- Nurses developing their CAMHS roles (i.e.) school nurses
- Community paediatric nurses
- Health visitors
- CAMHS workers
- Those in Education
- Those in statutory, voluntary and private sectors
The course consists of the following elements:
- Theoretical seminars
- Infant observation and/or family observation seminars
- Work practice discussion
- Experiential group
- Three day group relations conference entitled: ‘Interagency working: Exploring complex realities’
- Personal tutorials
- Supervised clinical practice
- Clinical practice research by dissertation
Year one can be taken as a self-contained unit, D24, but can also lead onto two further years towards an MA:
- Theoretical seminars on child and family development theories and research, including presenting issues which affect mental health and well-being
- Seminars exploring detailed and authoritative knowledge, understanding and applied use of theoretical concepts relevant to different therapeutic approaches and interventions, in working effectively with children, young people and families, where mental health difficulties exist
- Observational seminars of infants, young children, and/or families drawing upon psychodynamic and systemic theory
Work discussion professional practice seminars which will draw on your practice experience and develop capabilities in practice
- Theoretical seminars: Clinical therapeutic theory exploring context and pertaining to different modalities (i.e. CBT, Systemic approaches, Parenting strategies) in use with different clients groups in primary care (i.e. looked after children, children from refugee backgrounds)
- Clinical placement and advanced therapeutic clinical practice in a multidisciplinary CAMHS team with weekly one-to-one supervision
- Application seminars on consultation, supervision and training: Models, methods and practice
Introductory days and weekly seminars/workshops on clinical research theory and practice for everyday use
- Clinical research workshops
- Personal research supervision
- Completion of MA through self-directed research into an area of your own or colleagues CAMH work practice
Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded an MA, accredited by the University of East London. The following intermediate awards are also available:
- Postgraduate Diploma (after successful completion of year two)
This course was professionally accredited for social workers by the GSCC for the Advanced Award in Social Work (Children, Young People and Families), though the GSCC no longer exists).
The course is also informed by the National Competency Framework for Primary Mental Health Worker Role (DOH 2005) and other relevant National Occupational Standards and Sector skill council endorsed standards.
In studying this course;
- You will develop a theoretical framework for understanding child, adolescent and family development, and family functioning that will inform your practice
- You will develop advanced knowledge, clinical capabilities and skills in working with children adolescents and their families drawing upon psychodynamic and systemic theories
- You will develop clinical capabilities in undertaking direct and indirect work with children and families, through the use of a variety of therapeutic techniques and through liaison, supervision and consultation of other workers
- You will recognise where preventative work can take place but equally where competent referral on might be required
- You will develop use in these capabilities in sophisticated and thoughtful ways, in complex multidisciplinary and multi-agency situations
- You will feel equipped to take on such work – be both knowledgeable but equally fit for purpose and practice in these complex situations
- You will develop competence and capability, on-going 'thinking' whilst 'doing', leading to the development of an authoritative understanding and potency in role and purpose
Written and work-based assignments, work discussion presentations, 14,000 word dissertation. All aim to develop understanding and practice capabilities.
Year one: Mondays 10am to 6pm;
Year two: Thursdays 9am to 5pm;
Year three: Half a day monthly on Thursday afternoons and self-directed study.
Three years, part-time (including the pre-requisite first year D24)
This will be based on an application form, an employer's reference and an interview. Candidates are normally expected to have:
- Successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Well-being: Multidisciplinary Practice (D24) before starting this course
- Normally, an appropriate professional qualification relevant to their chosen career
- Normally, at least two years’ practice experience since qualification, preferably more
- Normally a first degree, degree equivalent or evidence of other relevant post registration education/experience
- To be in full time or part time posts (paid or voluntary) in which they are working with children and/or families experiencing difficulties be they behavioural, emotional or psychological (this may include managing, teaching or supervising staff) where the candidate as a remit to make a difference in their work
Application deadline is 31st July 2013. Late applications are considered in August and early September 2013.
"The course has enabled me to have a firm grasp and understanding which allows greater depth of thinking in relation to the client, as well as confidence in understanding these needs.I have usefully been able to contribute my thoughts within my team and provide teaching sessions to colleagues. It has also enhanced both my own development as a supervisee and supervisor." Social worker
"Clinical supervision was excellent! Both sensitive and supportive it develops my skills to support the clients." CAMHS worker
"I used the course ideas and thinking in consultation with colleagues and developed and delivered training around the course ideas and materials." Primary mental health worker
Peter Griffiths is a Nurse Consultant, Head of the Nursing Discipline in Child and Family Directorate at the Tavistock Clinic and Principal lecturer at Middlesex University. He is programme Lead for CAMH’s courses and involved regionally and nationally in developing training in the child and adolescent mental health workforce for a range of workers; training that makes use of group relations methodology to explore multidisciplinary and interagency work.
Supervision of MA and MSc students undertaking theoretical and research dissertations for:
- MA in Child and Adolescent Primary Mental Health Work. Tavistock Clinic/University of East London. Dissertation supervision, MA in Child Protection, Tavistock Clinic/University of East London., MSc in Psychodynamic Practice for Nurses, Social Workers and other Health Care Professionals (Middlesex University/Tavistock Clinic,MA in Psychoanalytic Studies, Tavistock Clinic/University of East London Course.
- Dprof and MProf (work based learning) Last student explored the connectedness between services in the voluntary sector and the statutory sector for Adolescents and Young People with mental health problems. Middlesex University.
- Griffiths, P (2001) Child and adolescent mental health: A cause for concern in primary care nursing. Mental Health Practice. Vol 5, No 1, p38 & 39.
- Griffiths, P & Franks, V. (2005) Nursing Mental Health at the Tavistock. Chapter in Tilley, S. (ed) (2004) Fields of Knowledge in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Blackwell Scientific.
- Griffiths, P & Leach, G. (1998) Psychosocial Nursing: a model learnt from experience. Chp 1, part 2 in Barnes, E. Griffiths, P. Ord, J. & Wells, D. (Eds) (1997) Face to Face with Distress: The professional use of self in psychosocial Care Butterworth Heinemann. Oxford. P3-41.
- Lindsey, C. and Griffiths, P. (2004) Developing a Comprehensive CAMHS. Young Minds 73, p31-33.
Applications are now open. Please click here to begin your application.