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MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing

To help you feel prepared for your postgraduate studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now.

Your modules

For full details of your modules visit the programme information page.

Virtual Q&A Sessions

Your programme lead, Paula Bailey, has planned a number of Q&A sessions on Friday 19 July 2024. Please try your best to join one of these sessions to hear more and to get any questions you may have answered. Please only attend one of the sessions offered.

Your Induction Timetable

Your Induction Timetable will be confirmed nearer to the start of your programme, however for the time being, you can use this draft timetable to get an idea of what your sessions may look like:

DateStart timeEnd time
Tuesday 1 October 20249:30am3.00pm (campus taught)
Wednesday 2 October 20249.00am2.00pm (campus taught)
Thursday 3 October 2024 8:30am 1.00pm (field trip from campus)

Please note: this timetable is for reference only and may change. Your full Induction timetable will be confirmed nearer to your start date.

Suggested reading

Edge Hill University has an extensive library to enable access to specific learning resources recommended for each module.

Before you begin your course however, you may want to view the following:

You are also recommended to take a look at textbooks and/or articles related to:

  • Child psychology
  • Trauma
  • Wellness and early help in children’s mental health
  • Mental health prevention and promotion for children and young people
  • Leadership and transformation
  • Innovation and mental health – education, health, social care and non-statutory sectors
  • Systems theory, systems leadership and systems thinking
  • Research methods
  • Writing a dissertation

Things to do now

Free Open University course and additional articles

For a grounding in child psychology it is recommended that you undertake the following free Open University programme.  Please note, you are not required to pay for the certificate of completion. Instead, please just take a screen shot of the final completion screen for your records

Find the Introduction to Child Psychology programme here

Some of the content in this programme you will study in the module HUG4015 ‘Individual differences and early intervention’ but it is expected that you have a basic understanding prior to commencing this. Please also visit Open Learn for a list of all children related free learning – great for those in education sector

Please also read the articles below:

Prepare for your dissertation

In the latter part of the programme you’ll be asked to undertake an independent research project into Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Well Being for your dissertation, this will take the form of either:

A Traditional Dissertation

  • Semi structured literature review
  • Service evaluation
  • Primary research (subject to lifting of current Coronavirus research restriction)

A Dissertation towards Publication

  • Shorter write up with a view to publication
  • Artifact (to be explained more in Semester 1)

Your research titles will be requested in early Semester 1 (year 1 for FT student and year 2 for PT students). Please think about developing a 1-page proposal outline and topic for your research idea/question and a short rationale for this. This can be sent by email to:

It is appreciated that your ideas may change in semester one but it’s a good idea to get thinking about areas of interest early on.

Meet your programme leader and course specialists

Programme leader – Paula Bailey

Having worked in higher education since 2004 Paula is an experienced academic, senior lecturer/programme leader. She is also a registered NMC Mental Health Nurse and UKCP Systemic Family Psychotherapist. She has worked across many mental health settings in her career spanning 27 years, including adult community mental health, primary care CAMHS, tier 3 CAMHS, specialist eating disorder services and now Early Intervention Psychosis (EIP) Services.

Course specialists

  • Paula Kennedy
  • Victoria Blackburn
  • Dr. Nicola Relph
  • Dr Gary Tebble
  • Dr. Shaun Liverpool
  • Dr. Bridget Mawtus

External speakers

Alongside the academic team at Edge Hill, we have been able to collaborate with a number of experts in the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. These experts work across the modules offered as visiting speakers. These esteemed colleagues are offering targeting sessions to boost your learning in areas such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Well Being leadership, innovation, policy implementation and interventions.