The MA Child and Adolescent Mental Health is for people who work with, or intend to work with children or young people whose social and emotional development and functioning is affected adversely, or who risk being affected by mental health difficulties.
You will broaden your understanding of the causation, presentation and implications of child and adolescent mental health difficulties, and social emotional and behavioural difficulties. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills to contribute to interventions for individuals and groups with child and adolescent mental health difficulties and social emotional and behavioural difficulties; also to advise colleagues and parents on the formulation of appropriate strategies for working with children and young people with CAMHD/SEBD and to contribute to the development of appropriate policy and guidelines.
The MA Child and Adolescent Mental Health encourages students to critically evaluate and reflect upon current theoretical perspectives in relation to child and adolescent mental health, and social emotional and behavioural difficulties (CAMHD/SEBD). You will also explore the need for evidence based approaches and interventions which will promote children and young peoples’ mental health and social and emotional competencies.
The Masters enables students to reflect on and contextualise current practice, and to make connections between theory and practice. In addition, the course encourages students to look critically at the research in relation to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Difficulties and Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.
You will take two compulsory modules:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
The module introduces students to definitions and concepts in the field of CAMH and the current structuring of CAMH Services in the United Kingdom. Sessions look in detail at particular Mental Health Difficulties, which include attachment difficulties, emotional difficulties, and behavioural difficulties. Particular study is made of gender and culture in relation to Mental Health Difficulties and these sessions include a focus on eating disorders, self-harm and trauma.
In common with all of the MA Education programmes, you must take the core module Research Methodology.
Additional specialist modules can include:
Managing and Supporting Children and Adolescents with SEN (CAMH/SEBD)
This module focuses on the theory that underpins practice in this area of work. It compliments the core module. The module looks at definitions and conceptual difficulties in relation to CAMH and SEBD, and goes on to examine how theory impacts on interventions in different models (therapeutic, behaviourist and bio-psycho-social.)
This module takes a broad view of children’s wellbeing, by exploring the concept and challenges of measuring wellbeing. In addition it considers how wellbeing is addressed in health, education, social care and youth justice, and in non-governmental organisations. The module will also explore and evaluate a range of approaches to promoting children’s wellbeing, with an integral part of the lecture programme being the use of visiting lecturers to illustrate examples of evidence based practice.
Working with Vulnerable Children
This module examines contemporary models of childhood and adolescence and introduces the concepts of vulnerability, risk and resilience. The module also considers the challenges of research and intervention with vulnerable groups.
Alternatively you can take one module from one of the other MA Education pathways.
Each module is assessed via a written assignment of 5,000 words, which usually takes the form of an essay. Each course member is supported by a tutor who provides individual tutorials and guidance during the assignment writing process.
To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan. If you wish to exit earlier, the Postgraduate Diploma is awarded to students who complete four modules which form the taught element.
A good first degree is preferred but experience is greatly valued.
An informal discussion with the course tutor will be arranged after application.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
A Masters degree is required for professional advancement in numerous occupations, and is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development. An MA award demonstrates that you have developed advanced level skills in analysis, evaluation and research.
If you are interested in the possibility of a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities for doing so here at the University of South Wales.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.