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Child & Adolescent Mental Health Practice

The Graduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practice has been developed for professionals who are either new to working with children, young people and families or who are seeking to build upon recent experience through the attainment of a recognised specialised qualification.


Award: GradDip, Post-Registration
Level: Undergraduate
Delivery: Campus
Study Mode: Part-time
Duration: 18 months
Campus: Preston
Start Date: January

Course overview

It is imperative that healthcare professionals are able to respond to the variety of service demands placed upon them within all contexts where children, young people and families access mental health services and are able to react to policy drivers which change service provision..

There is a range of compulsory and optional modules and attendance is required one day per week. Two compulsory modules are undertaken in semester one. These focus on processes of childhood and family life and developing reflective skills and evidence based practice. The second semester examines the key aspects of child and adolescent mental health with practitioners examining assessment, therapeutic approaches and services available. One of the optional modules develops specialist skills relating to cognitive behavioural interventions.

Entry requirements

  • Potential students will need to have completed a core professional qualification or be working as a practitioner in a relevant field.
  • They will also need to provide evidence of study at academic level two.
  • APL/APEL will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Interested students must be working within a relevant child and adolescent mental health context and have access to the healthcare area, with children, young people, their carers and families.
  • Students will also need to identify a practice based clinical supervisor for completion of a learning contract and ongoing supervision.

This course is based in the School of Nursing located in the Faculty of Health and Care

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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