You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject, such as child health and wellbeing, child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing, psychology, or early years, primary or secondary education. GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) are also required.
You will need to have experience of working as a mental health practitioner, typically evidenced by two or more years working therapeutically, clinically or consultatively within a children and young people’s educational or mental health setting, with children and young people with mental health difficulties. You will be expected to have experience of delivering cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) informed practice and supervision, ideally at low intensity. Experience of delivering mental health interventions in education settings is desirable.
An interview forms part of the selection process.
Months of entry
This Postgraduate Certificate has been developed in direct response to a Government green paper which mandates the need to improve access to, and the quality of, mental health support for children and young people, with a focus on education settings. The aim of this is to develop Mental Health in Schools Teams that deliver low intensity mental health provision to local education settings. Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHP) form a core part of these teams and need to be supervised by suitably trained and experienced Mental Health practitioners employed by local mental health services, working in the capacity of EMHP supervisors.
This innovative and leading-edge programme will provide experienced mental health practitioners with the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the structure of Mental Health School Teams (MHSTs). You will discover how to work in partnership with schools to build relationships, identify gaps in provision, as well as develop and contribute to existing structures and processes in education settings. You will gain a critical understanding of the importance of the supervisor as a change agent, demonstrate leadership and expertise in clinical supervision competencies, while also developing specialist knowledge in whole school approaches to mental health support.
Fees and funding
If you are joining the programme on a place commissioned by Health Education England, your tuition fees will be paid on your behalf by the public body. If you are joining the programme on a non-commissioned place, you will be liable for the payment of tuition fees.Tuition fees for UK students enrolling on the programme on a non-commissioned basis in academic years 2021/22 or 2022/23 will be £2,500 for the entire course. EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.