The Postgraduate Certificate CAMH (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) is distinctive in that it provides a non-clinical route for generalist and more specialist practitioners, managers and researchers to develop their knowledge of CAMH in a broad context. It is the only course of its kind in Wales and one of very few courses available in England.
The CAMH course will develop knowledgeable and reflective professionals who are able to draw on evidence-based practice in ways that will impact on the workplace and on outcomes for the children and young people in those services. It has been designed to provide opportunities for students to develop their professional knowledge, skills and understanding and most importantly their capacity for critical thinking.
The course aims to produce professionals who are able to engage with the complexities of this area of work, often managing demanding workloads in multi-agency setting whilst still prioritising the interests of the children and families they work with.
Students will take two 30-credit modules, which will include at least one of the following specialist modules:
CAMH: Contexts and Concepts
This has a theoretical focus and introduces students to key concepts within CAMH, and develops their ability to look critically at CAMH issues in context, looking for example at the concepts of risk and protective factors in relation to good outcomes for children and young people.
Managing and Supporting CAMH and SEBD
This looks more at theory of practice and develops students’ ability to look critically at the range of approaches to prevention and interventions through an exploration of a range of approaches and evidence-based interventions.
Other optional modules:
The CAMH course provides students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to develop as reflective practitioners. This is reflected in both the content and the process of the course. Both specialist modules (CAMH: Contexts and Concepts Managing and Supporting CAMH and SEBD) draw on problem-based learning, case study, role-play and practical sessions which all contribute to a rich learning experience.
The course is delivered on Monday and Tuesday evenings and each module is broken down into 10 sessions of three hours each. Taught sessions are supported by independent study and individual tutorials. Resources are provided electronically wherever possible and so most of the independent study can be undertaken off campus.
The CAMH course will be assessed through two 5,000-word assignments on negotiated topics.
Formative assessments include the requirement for students to disseminate their learning through presentations, which supports the role that many graduates of the course will have in leading the implementation of new approaches and new interventions and supporting colleagues.
The Newport City Campus offers an attractive and modern learning environment with access to specialist learning resources, study skills support and a range of student services.
Kathy Evans, course leader
An informal discussion with the course tutor will be arranged after application.
Fees apply to new students starting a course in the academic year indicated. Full-time fees are per year and part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course. USW Postgraduate Bursary is available for new UK and EU students starting an eligible course. International Scholarships are also available for self-funding international students.
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.
The majority of applicants will be professionals working in Children’s Services (education, health and social care) who would like to develop their expertise in relation to CAMH issues as they find themselves working with children and young people with a greater range of more complex difficulties. As professional development it is intended that undertaking the CAMH course will support promotion within a service and/or a move into a more specialist role.