Psychosocial Care of Children, Adolescents and their Families

Key Details

Academic credit: 30 CATS Credits at Level 6, 20 CATS Credits at Level 7
Runs in: Semester 2

This exciting short course is designed to enhance the skills of health and social care professionals in managing emotional and behavioural difficulties in children, adolescents and their families. This course will develop your understanding of the psychosocial needs that are expressed through a child’s behaviour and emotions, and your ability to identify and implement ways of managing them. This course focuses on the comprehensive assessment of a child or adolescent within the family. This informs all interventions, and the recognition of professional expertise and boundaries. In order for you to effectively integrate theory and its application to your own practice, you will need to be working as a practitioner in a health or social care setting with babies, children and/or adolescents with access to families.

The course can be taken at level 6 (equivalent to the last year of an honours degree) or at level 7 (master's degree level) as described below:

Module U41372 Psychosocial Care of Children, Adolescents and their Families
Successful completion of this course allows you to exit with the short course Award: The Psychosocial Care of Children, Adolescents and their Families. Worth 30 CATS Credits at Level 6.

Module P40503 Psychosocial Care of Children, Adolescents and their Families
Successful completion of this course allows you to exit with the short course Award: The Psychosocial Care of Children, Adolescents and their Families. Worth 20 CATS Credits at Level 7.

Knowledge and Skills Framework

This short course relates to all the NHS KSF core dimensions and selected specific health & wellbeing dimensions HWB3; HWB6; and HWB7. Completion of the short course will assist you in the production of evidence against these dimensions, and therefore your personal & professional objectives identified at appraisal.

Module description

This module opens with a focus on developing psychosocial assessment skills from a sound theoretical basis. It then moves on to explore how using your assessment of family strengths and difficulties can inform planned interventions. A range of therapeutic approaches are introduced and you are encouraged to reflect on their use within your specific practice environment.

This short course is multi-professional. There is recognition that sharing reflections on one’s own practice within the student group provides a rich learning experience not only in relation to clinical work but also in relation to understanding one another’s roles.

The module assessment comprises:

The completion of a 4000 word case study.

What students have said about this module

“This course has been an amazing journey. I am glad I have taken this on board as it has enriched my practice.”

“I feel I can assess the families I look after far better than previously.”

“…whole experience has changed my outlook on everything – changed the way I work – I feel very excited.”

“Probably the best course I have ever done.”

“I would have got a lot more out of my career if I had come on this course earlier.”

Your next step

Access to this course is available to all practitioners who meet the following criteria. You must:

  • Be a professional working in a health or social care setting with babies, children, or adolescents and families. This includes:
    • Professionals working outside mental health services in community and/or hospital settings: health visitors, children's nurses, school nurses, social workers, play therapists, midwives, neonatal nurses, general practitioners, learning disability nurses and physiotherapists.
    • Professionals working within mental health services in community and hospital settings including all those working in PCAMHS and CAMHS: nurses, occupational therapists, play therapists, mental health workers and social workers.
  • Produce evidence of the ability to study at Level 5 or above if applying for U41372
  • Have a bachelor's degree if applying for P40503 (master's level).
  • Have the support of the manager of your practice area.

If you meet these criteria, your next step is to submit an Oxford Brookes University application form with all the necessary documents such as references. Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis. This is a popular short course so please act early to avoid disappointment.

If you are ready to apply please request an application pack where you will find a: 'Checklist of Required Documents.'

Course fees

Funding arrangements vary across the country. Oxford Brookes University has a contract for this course with some NHS Trusts for a specific number of places. Applicants from these Trusts will need the agreement of their Manager/ Education Lead to apply. Other Trusts may elect to purchase the course using their flexible funding budget and applicants must follow their local process for agreeing funding.

If you would like further information and/or an application pack, please contact:

Sadia Azeem, Programme Administrator

Tel: 01865 488111 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

CONTACT DETAILS

+44 (0)1865 488111

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