Education for the higher educated

Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Work, PGCert

Middlesex University

  • Description
  • Overview

The purpose of this course is to offer students two modules to both update and develop their knowledge and skills in child and adolescent mental health work (CAMH).


The course will advance knowledge and understanding of early childhood, adolescent and family emotional and mental development and of the common issues that can impact adversely upon this; the assessments and early work that might be possible to promote mental health and ameliorate later difficulty and how to refer on appropriately to others agencies.


It will enable students to explore, examine and evaluate the contemporary health and social policy initiatives which support such work and develop both the knowledge needed and capabilities required for working with children and families to confidently and safely realise that children s mental health can both be their business ("Children's mental health is everyone's business" DoH 2006 and DfES 2004) and that they feel capable to address it.

This course has grown out of an innovative module in helping child and adolescent workers work and deal with mental health issues. It draws on this rich experience using Clinically informed lecturers-practitioners in child and adolescent mental health to develop both. Knowledgeable and Capable practitioners who can engage in Inter-professional and interagency learning.


It will benefit individuals working with children, young peoples and families in London and the home counties who wish to improve and develop their knowledge, skills and capabilities in working with child, adolescent and family mental ill health and promote emotional well being and health.

Prospective students maybe working in health, mental health, local authority, educational settings and or within the voluntary and independent sector with babies, children, adolescents and families.


We welcome applications from graduates with a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications and individuals with a minimum of three years' work experience. Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

English language requirements

You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL (paper based) 575 or TOEFL (internet based) 90 with specified minimum scores for each component.


Prospective students maybe working in health, mental health, local authority, educational settings and or within the voluntary and independent sector with babies, children, adolescents and families.

By the end of the programme participants will be able to


  • Be aware of their own professional and service development needs in child and adolescent mental health (CAMH)
  • Have an awareness and understanding of relevant knowledge, theories, models and treatment strategies and evidence for child, adolescent and family mental health issues
  • Be able to competently therapeutically engage directly with CAMH issues in respectful and culturally sensitive ways with children, adolescents and families
  • Develop emotionally empathetic and respectful relationships with children, families and carers
  • Promote the mental health needs of children, adolescents and their families

Students be expected to submit a 3,000 word critical analysis of the development of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), with reference to their own agency context and a reflective account of their own personal professional development and a 3,000 word critical appraisal of an intervention with a child and or adolescent and their family-carers with reference to the evidence base and its application to practice.


Level University
Incompany No
Open enrolment Yes
Lead time 24 weeks
Costs (indication) Between € 1,350 and € 2,700
Titles No title
Required language skills English
Country United Kingdom
Completion Diploma