PGDip/GradDip Mental Health Practice in Education Settings

Duration Full time 1 year
Discipline
  • Psychology
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date January

Overview

This programme is designed to develop the clinical competencies and knowledge of trainees in order to practice as an Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP). You will develop clinical competency in the low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy clinical method and whole school approaches to mental health in education settings.

The programme will also focus upon an understanding of ways to adapt your clinical practice with children, young people and parents/carers to accommodate diversity and increase access to evidence-based psychological therapies. This programme will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to develop the competencies and knowledge associated with practice as an EMHP. A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development.

Advantages of the programme 

  • You will study within a vibrant, stimulating and internationally-recognised research environment, where members of your teaching team have first-hand experience within the clinical setting.
  • Your learning experience will be enriched by nationally-recognised, innovative, clinical teaching approaches, designed to develop you on your terms.

Programme aims

The aims of the PGDip Mental Health Practice in Education Settings (EMHP) are to:

  • Provide you with a thorough grounding in the Department of Health curriculum for Education Mental Health Practitioners working within Mental Health Support Teams.
  • Develop your understanding and clinical competency in the low intensity CBT clinical method and whole schools approaches to mental health and enable you to adapt your practice to work effectively with children and young people (CYP), their parents/carers and professionals with diverse needs.
  • Provide you with the foundations to establish a commitment to continuing professional development and becoming an evidence-based practitioner.
  • Provide you with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally-recognised research environment, nationally-recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

Applicants without a degree

This programme is offered at both postgraduate level (PGDip) and at final year undergraduate degree level (GradDip). If you do not hold an undergraduate degree you may be eligible for enrolment on the GradDip programme. The topics you will study are the same for both programmes. Please contact the administrative team for more information.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

EMHP teaching includes e-learning, service based learning days via group problem-based learning (PBL), learning sets and supervised clinical practice in the workplace and workshops, skills practice and classroom learning at university. There are also workplace directed learning days with activities that build on university teaching sessions. These are timetabled days. 1-1 tutorials will also be offered during the course.

Assessments include a recorded presentation, a written exam, clinical reports, clinical skills competency assessments, reflective commentary, a word report of audit, practice outcomes document and portfolio.

Careers

This programme is training people already in a career within the NHS or an IAPT service. It will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to develop their competencies and knowledge associated with practice as a Practitioner.

A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development.

Advantages of the programme are that:

  • You will study within a vibrant, stimulating and internationally-recognised research environment, where members of your teaching team have first-hand experience within the clinical setting.
  • Your learning experience will be enriched by nationally-recognised, innovative, clinical teaching approaches, designed to develop you on your terms.

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at degree level.
  • Proven record of previous academic attainment.
  • Good solid basic literacy and numeracy qualifications at a minimum of level 2
  • Ability to learn in a variety of settings and using a variety of learning methods
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to study as a self-motivated learner who can formulate their own progress towards learning objectives and negotiate pathways to achievement with supervisory teams.

Previous experience

  • It is desirable that the applicant will have previous experience of working with children and young people.

Applicants without a degree

This programme is offered at both postgraduate level (PGDip) and at final year undergraduate degree level (GradDip). If you do not hold an undergraduate degree you may be eligible for enrolment on the GradDip programme. The topics you will study are the same for both programmes. Please contact the administrative team for more information.

How to apply

Applications to this programme may only be made through IAPT services recruiting trainees and not directly through the University of Exeter. Posts are typically advertised by IAPT services on NHS jobs websites or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Home/EU students:

£11,500

Contact us

Programme administrator:

Natalie Cook
Psychology,
College of Life and Environmental Sciences,
Washington Singer,
Room 001,
Perry Road,
EX4 4QG

Tel: +44 (0)1392 726139
Email: CWP-EMHP@exeter.ac.uk

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This programme is delivered by Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR): an applied psychological practice centre of excellence, focussed on training the new psychological therapies workforce of the future.