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Children and Young People’s Mental Health (MA,PGDip, PGCert)

Subject to validation and will recruit for 2023 intake.

The development of this brand new MA programme is aligned with the launch of the new Centre for Children and Young People’s Mental Wellbeing both of which are in direct response to the increasing interest in understanding and supporting children and young people’s mental health from both practitioners and policy-makers.

Contact Name: Dr Charlotte Greenway

Over the last twelve months, the Psychology and Counselling team have been directly involved in research, education, and policy work in the areas surrounding children and young people’s mental health, including funded work from the Welsh Government on raising awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and understanding ADHD in the classroom. The modules offered within this programme have been tailored to involve staff expertise in these areas.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This programme will have a unique focus on evidence-based and practice-based therapeutic and supportive interventions. The modules proposed are unique to UWTSD as they fall into our specialist expertise (i.e., ADHD, ACEs and therapeutic play). It is clear that there is a real appetite for understanding more about children’s mental health and learning about the different interventions that they could use in their practice.

Module Topics

Level 7 

Part I

 MA PGCert & PGDip:

  • ADHD: Research and Practice (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Research methods for children and young people (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Supporting Children’s Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs: Trauma, ACEs and Attachment (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Therapeutic Play and Nature-based Therapy

Part II


  • Applied Research Dissertation (60 credits; compulsory).

This programme has a range of assessment strategies, including written assessments and dissertations.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

Entry criteria is a 2.1 honours degree, or a good 2.2 honours degree (including research dissertation). Whilst we may consider applications from those with a background in a closely related area, due to the nature of this programme this would depend upon an assessment of academic writing and psychological research skills.