Early Intervention in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health

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Early Intervention in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health

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This course will increase your awareness, knowledge and skills around factors relating to child, adolescent and family mental health, specifically in relation to the early years of a child's development and experiences.

Who the course is aimed at

You will be studying alongside a wide range of disciplines (Nursing, social work, education, allied health, youth work, psychology, psychiatry) who work with children, teenagers and/or families across a broad range of areas. This may be where mental health is the specific focus, or it may be that this is a secondary issue, but you will all have an interest in learning more about and developing your skills in the field of emotional wellbeing.

Benefits of taking the course to the individual, the organisation and the patient

You will be able to recognise and intervene early in children and young people's emotional issues in order to improve service delivery and life outcomes.

What you learn

You will learn about what impacts on children and young people's wellbeing and how to intervene in order to improve long term outcomes when children and young people have mental health issues.

General areas covered

  • You will learn about child development.
  • You will learn about attachment and attachment disorders.
  • You will gain knowledge in family relationships, dynamics and parenting.
  • You will explore the impact of stigma and perceptions of mental health upon young people and families.
  • You will consider the role that social media and technology may play in young peoples' mental health.
  • You will frame your learning around your own role, and be actively encouraged to reflect upon and critique your working practices.

Skills gained for the workplace

You will gain knowledge and skills in child development, attachment and family relationships. You will be able to apply these directly to your professional role and have the skills to critique and reflect upon the interventions you use.

Technology enhanced learning will be utilised effectively to maximise your learning.

Professional recognition

You will be recognised as having depth of knowledge and skills in children and young people's mental health issues.

To study this distance learning module you will require access to a computer with:

  • a reliable internet connection
  • Microsoft or Apple Mac Supported Office Software
  • the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

Fees and Funding for 2023/24

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home student: £1,655

EU / International students: £1,655 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below

Further information and Workforce Development Funding / CPD Funding online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • You will typically hold a first degree with honours or professional qualification, recognised as being equivalent to degree standard; or
    • typically an ordinary degree, foundation degree, higher national diploma, or university diploma or evidence of level 6 study this will be accompanied by substantial experience in working with children and/or young people.

    If English is not your first language you will need an IETLS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent.  If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

    You should be working with (or have worked with) children, adolescents and/or families where their mental health or emotional wellbeing has been a factor. Please note when completing the application form that you do not need to provide references for this module.

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered via distance learning

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    The online module launches for an Induction week on 18th Sept 2023, and runs until the assessment submission date of 4th Jan 2024.


    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one task, which is a reflective case study (4000 words) from your own practice and how this relates to child, adolescent and family mental health. Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 Level 7 credits.

    • Case Study

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Greg Thomas - G.Thomas@shu.ac.uk - or contact the student experience team: NursingandMidwifery@shu.ac.uk


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