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Module NHS-3131:
Working with young people

Module Facts

Run by School of Health Sciences

40 Credits or 20 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr David Coyle

Overall aims and purpose

This module has been developed in partnership with CAMHS managers from across North Wales who strongly support the development and have committed themselves to releasing staff to both attend and where appropriate contribute to its delivery. This module has evolved in line with Welsh Government commitment to improve Mental Health Services for Children, Young People and Families [Together for Children & Young People (2015)]. A range of relevant topics will be covered to enable the practitioner to deliver safe and effective care to this group. These will include child development, mental health problems and disorders, management of care and structures of service delivery including issues of transition and legal frameworks including child protection. A key component of this module will be the range of therapeutic interventions used with children, adolescents and their family/carer(s).

Selection criteria: Targeted at any professional currently working with children and adolescents with mental health needs in a variety of environments inc. CAMHS; School Nurses; Social Workers; Health Visitors; Occupational Therapists; Adult mental Health Nurses; Paediatric Nurses Learning Disability and Dieticians. Students should be working with children and be able to guarantee access to opportunities to achieve clinical learning outcomes through prior arrangement with service managers. All prospective students will be required to provide evidence of CRB clearance before being offered a place.

Course content

CHILD MENTAL HEALTH Understanding the principles relating to the development of mental health/problems in children/young people. LO 1, 6) Strategic context for care (LO 4) Resilience and risk (LO 1, 3, 4) Attachment theory (LO 1, 3) Assessment (LO 1, 6) Assessment and formulation (LO 1, 6, 7)

Work with young people who are sad - depressed. (LO 1-7) Loss (LO 1, 3, 6) Understanding self-harming behaviours. (LO 1-7) Working with children and young people who are anxious and young people with PTSD (LO 1-7) Working with young people with obsessive compulsive disorder (LO 1-7) Understanding and working with children and young people with ADHD/conduct disorder.(LO 1-7) Understanding autism & aspergers syndrome (LO 1-7) Understanding eating disorders (LO 1-7) Working with young people who have psychosis (LO 1-7) Reflection on practice: evaluation, supervision, consultation (LO 4)

MANAGING EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS IN CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES Legal framework. (LO2) Children’s rights (LO2) Risk assessment (LO6) Understanding the role clinical supervision and consultation (LO1-4) Early intervention and prevention (LO 1-7) Parenting programmes (LO 1-7) Working with families (LO 1-7) Cbt approaches with children and families (LO 1-7) Interpersonal therapy (IPT) (LO 1-7) DBT (LO 1-7) Psych-social interventions (LO 1-7)

Assessment Criteria


Reflexive, evaluated, collaborative, clear journey and pathway of care including assessment; formulation; treatment aims; treatment approaches (methods & models) & evaluation of treatment/care.


Self-Reflexive, ethically & critically evaluated, collaborative, coherent & defined journey and pathway of care including assessment; comprehensive formulation; treatment aims; treatment approaches (methods & models) & evaluation of treatment/care, illustrated with reference to clinical supervision. Provide evaluation of the students learning from the experience. Delivered with relevant and up to date literature to support treatment approach.



Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to accurately identify and assess the mental health problems and disorders in children and young people that may require further therapeutic intervention. Demonstrate the ability to develop psychological & sociological, ecological and systemic formulations as means of understanding and creating treatment approaches for children and young people's psychological and mental wellbeing.

  2. Discuss legal frameworks relating to the care of children and young people with mental health problems and disorders (e.g. child protection; mental health measure; mental health act, etc)

  3. Discuss theories of child development relating to the understanding and care of children and young people with mental health problems and disorders.

  4. Evaluate through reflection on practice the ability to deliver a programme of care within their own clinical area for a child, young person and their family. Illustrate the reflective processes which contribute to collaborative care.

  5. Evaluate & critique therapeutic approaches experienced & taught during the module and the role that clinical supervision plays

  6. Effectively deliver a programme of therapeutic care utilising a broad range of knowledge and skills, illustrating the journey for the child & young person.

  7. Practice in a safe and effective manner with children and young people with mental health needs in the context of their own environment.

  8. Work with children and young people with mental health needs within the context of interagency working and the multi disciplinary team.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Critical case study 100
Clinical competencies 0

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study

Private reading time




Clinical competencies


Transferable skills

  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in


Resource implications for students

No resource implications further than normal running costs.