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PGCert Supervision: Children and Young People’s Mental Health & Wellbeing

Develop the skills and knowledge to provide effective low intensity supervision to Education Mental Health Practitioners as part of the Mental Health in Schools Team initiative on this innovative programme for trainee supervisors.

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    • Overview

      Course Length: 1 Year Full-Time
      Start Dates: January 2022, January 2023
      Subjects: Education and Teaching
      Mental Health
      Location: Edge Hill University

      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.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      The programme combines an exploration of the concepts and processes of clinical supervision with a focus on education systems.

      You will examine supervisory relationship issues, gain expertise in formulating and evaluating intervention strategies, while also developing practical skills in understanding the application of clinical supervision competencies within Mental Health School Teams.

      Exploring the culture, ethos and environment of education settings, you will examine teaching strategies and partnerships with families and communities. You will also discover how to support practitioners working with whole school approaches to mental health.

      How will I study?

      The programme is delivered through monthly online or face-to-face sessions, complemented by access to a range of online resources and guided independent study and learning. Face-to-face sessions will take place at Edge Hill University.

      Trainee supervisors are expected to be involved in actively delivering education mental health practitioner supervision and will receive a process of support and guidance from trained staff at the university, timetabled flexibly to fit around your work commitments.

      How will I be assessed?

      You will be assessment via a clinical portfolio which is developed, negotiated and tailored to your bespoke learning needs, knowledge and experience.

      You will be expected to submit videos of supervision sessions and record learning and clinical supervision hours alongside your portfolio development.

      There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on the programme.

      Who will be teaching me?

      You will be taught by professionals with expertise across disciplines including health, education, the children’s workforce, public health, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, counselling and psychotherapy, ethics and law.

      The programme team have practical experience working in the children and young people’s sector as health visitors, school nurses, mental health nurses, youth justice professionals, social workers, psychologists, child and adolescent mental health services’ practitioners, counsellors and psychotherapists. These roles all involve dealing with the long-term consequences of mental health issues not being addressed at an early age.

      Associate tutors and guest lecturers, who have specialist knowledge of working with vulnerable children and adolescents, will also contribute to programme delivery.

      A Great Study Environment

      A student works on a laptop in a social learning space with the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine.The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

      Offering some of the best facilities for health, social care and medicine students in the country, the outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

      The faculty is home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.

      Modules

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      HEA4503Education Mental Health Practitioner Supervisor Training Module (30 credits)

      Education Mental Health Practitioner Supervisor Training Module focuses on the concept and process of clinical supervision. You will examine supervisory relationship issues, gain expertise in formulating and evaluating intervention strategies, and develop practical skills in understanding the application of clinical supervision competencies within Mental Health School Teams. Assessment will focus on a bespoke supervisor’s portfolio, whereby you will be asked to self-assess your knowledge against the supervisor curriculum competency framework, after which a negotiated and tailored assessment package will be developed.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA4504Education Mental Health Practitioner Supervisor Training Module 2 (30 credits)

      Education Mental Health Practitioner Supervisor Training Module 2 equips you with a foundational understanding of education systems. The module will develop your ability to supervise practitioners working with whole school approaches to mental health, encompassing everything from the culture, ethos and environment (including school governance), to teaching strategies and partnerships with families and the community. The aim is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the systemic role of schools and wider services in the support of children and young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties. You will gain the skills needed to support education mental health practitioners whose primary role is working in education clusters to support children and young people in educational contexts.


      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Timetables

      You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

      Disclaimer

      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      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.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      This Postgraduate Certificate provides an exciting professional development opportunity for those already working as supervisors of practitioners delivering low intensity interventions with children and young people. It will enable practitioners to supervise educational health practitioners and children’s wellbeing practitioners.

      The programme will also ensure you are well placed to pursue further training in cognitive behavioural therapy supervision, should you wish to do so.

      Finance

      Tuition Fees

      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.

      Financial Support

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme on non-commissioned places in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2021.

      Financial support arrangements for eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses in academic year 2022/23 are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

      Apply

      How to Apply

      There is an online application process for this programme.

      Applications for January 2022 entry will open soon. Please keep checking this page for updates.

      Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect for more information about the application process.

      Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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      Course Changes

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