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About Child and Adolescent Mental Health at University of Derby Online Learning

Ideally suited for individuals working with children and young people, this tutor led professional development course will provide an overview of some of the common mental and emotional health issues that can be experienced by children and young people and will consider the impact that these health issues may have for the young person and their families. The course will also offer some low level strategies and advice when supporting a child or young person with a mental health issue.

The course will specifically consider working with young people with anxiety and depression and also children and young people who self-harm. In addition, the course will consider the impact of having Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and will review some approaches on how to support children and young people with ASD.

Who is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health professional development course for?

Though open to anyone wishing to better understand the subject, this short course is suitable to those working with young people in educational, support, care or mental health environments and children's services such as early year's providers, schools and colleges, children's centres and youth organisations. It will be of particular interest to people in roles such as:

  • Special Education Needs Co-ordinators (SENco's)
  • School nurses
  • Children's centre workers
  • Youth workers
  • Nurses within healthcare
  • Social care workers within services for young people

Gain a Certificate and digital badges to recognise your CPD achievement

Upon successful completion of this professional development course, you will be awarded with an E-Certificate of Completion from the University of Derby to recognise your achievement and your commitment to continuing professional development (CPD), allowing you to provide evidence to a professional body or to your employer or simply for inclusion in your personal development portfolio.

You will also gain a digital badge for each unit that you complete, recognising your efforts for each stage of the course.

Whilst this course does not lead to University credits, it can be used to evidence your CPD and experiential learning.

During the Child and Adolescent Mental Health professional development course, you can expect to:

  • Develop an understanding of common difficulties experienced by children and adolescents with mental health issues
  • Gain valuable knowledge of the basic support strategies that can be used for these young people until more specialised services can be accessed.

A flexible course that fits in with working and family life

This tutor led course runs at set times throughout the year and is delivered 100% online, allowing you to manage your studies around work and family commitments. The course involves active group participation through online discussions and exercises along with self-reflection activities to assess subject understanding. Our online short courses are designed to be intellectually stimulating, thought provoking and rewarding. Learning materials are varied and engaging, and you will be able to share sector experiences and best practice with fellow learners who are working professionals from around the world.

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