About this course
This diploma in advanced clinical practice and supervision will develop your supervisory skills as a clinician. You must be working within a mental health team, supporting children and young people with mental health problems. The training will develop your clinical expertise and your supervisory practice.
You need to have previously trained as an educational mental health practitioner (EMHP) or a children's wellbeing practitioner (CWP). You will build on your professional development, both as a supervisor and an advanced clinical practitioner.
The course will support your understanding of specific cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) interventions. It will also focus on the use of whole school approaches in schools. Meta supervision will support your reflection and learning from clinical supervision, and provides an opportunity to consider any challenges within the process.
Evidence based interventions are taught to support a wider range of clinical presentations, whilst adhering to the low intensity CBT protocol. You will have the opportunity to advance your clinical skills in practice and to gain feedback on your application of these skills.
Mrs Sarah Monk is a trained cognitive behavioural therapist (CBT) specialising in children and young people’s mental health and low intensity working. Sarah has worked in a child and adolescent mental health service and is accredited by the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Sarah is a qualified CBT supervisor and the programme director of the education mental health practitioner (EMHP) course.
Visit Sarah’s profile page to learn more.
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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Changes due to COVID-19
Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.
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A 2:2 honours degree (or its international equivalent) in a relevant subject, with clinical training and experience.
You must have completed either of the following courses:
- Education Mental Health Practitioner (PGDip)
- Children's Wellbeing Practitioner (PGCert)
You must have at least 2 years experience after qualifying. If you do not have a degree, you can still apply if you have completed either of these courses. You must also have 2 years experience within a low intensity practitioner role.
We will also consider an equivalent professional qualification, from an approved university.
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need all of the following scores as a minimum:
IELTS score requirements
- overall score
We accept other English language tests. Find out which English language tests we accept.
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This advanced clinical practice course takes place over 12 months, from January to January. It is taught using both online and on campus teaching. The course has 4 modules.
Year 1 overview
In module 1 you will look at the theory of supervision. You will consider what aspects make for a rich learning environment and how a supervisor can achieve this. You will also attend additional training days based on your specific clinical experience and training needs.
In module 2 you will put your learning in to practice, under the guidance of qualified university staff. You will undertake supervision work and analyse your clinical skills supervision, receiving feedback from your peers and tutor.
Year 2 overview
Module 3 will focus on building on your current clinical practice by exploring the evidence base for the treatment of clinical presentations. For example, obsessive compulsive disorder and social anxiety. You will also build further clinical understanding of eating difficulties and trauma related presentations.
Module 4 considers a wide range of adaptations to clinical practice to support those presenting with neurodiversity, including autistic spectrum condition (ASC) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Specific treatment interventions are taught and recommendations for adaptation and consideration to existing interventions.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2022-23
Year 1 modules
You must study the following modules in year 1:
Across all psychological interventions in child mental health or education settings, it is increasingly recognised that clinical supervision plays a fundamental role in improving clinical outcomes; supporting practitioners and ensuring safe and effective ...
Within CYP mental health settings and education settings, it is becoming increasingly recognised that clinical supervision plays a fundamental role in improving clinical outcomes, supporting practitioners and ensuring safe and efficient practice. In this ...
Year 2 modules
You must study the following modules in year 2:
Adapting low intensity practice with CYP with neurodiversity
This module will provide an appropriate introduction to working with CYP with Autism and Learning Disability. CWPs/EMHPs will need to extend low intensity support where a child or young person has autism, ADHD or a learning disability. They will develop...
Enhanced Practice in Early Intervention
The CYP LI specialist workforce is proving invaluable in working with mild to moderate mental health conditions. This module aims to expand the scope and breadth of the conditions that CYP LI practitioners can work with. This module will therefore enhance...
Learning and assessment
You'll learn through a variety of methods, including:
- online lectures
- regular supervision feedback
- meta supervision
- feedback on clinical practice
- workshops and demonstrations
- practice in clinical placement
- independent learning (studying on your own)
We'll assess you through:
- reflection on supervision and clinical practice
- a community implementation project (presentation)
- video feedback on clinical practice and supervision practice
- your clinical portfolio
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on your course. Staff members have undergone clinical supervision training and are experienced clinicians.
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You will also be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor, who will offer one to one support and advice throughout your time at Southampton. They will support you in your studies or with other issues you may have.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022). Our Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise team will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a thriving entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
- our dedicated start-up incubator, Futureworlds
- a wide variety of enterprise events run throughout the year
- our partnership in the world’s number 1 business incubator, SETsquared
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for this course are paid by Health Education England on behalf of the NHS. For access to this training course, please discuss this with your line or service manager. There is no self funded option available.
What your fees pay for
The fees pay for your training as part of your ongoing professional development within a current clinical role.
Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional funding options may be available to help you pay for your master’s study. Both from the University and other organisations.
Funding for EU and international students
Find out about funding you could get as an international student.
How to apply
You must apply for this course through your clinical service. You can speak to your service manager if you feel this course matches your skill set. Interviews are conducted jointly with the University and your service.
On occasion, roles may be advertised on NHS Jobs. Visit the NHS Jobs website.
The deadline for applying for your course for the 2023 year of entry depends on where you’re domiciled (where your permanent home is and where you have the closest ties).
This is because:
- students from different countries tend to apply at different times of year
- we want a diverse and balanced mix of international students with exceptional academic ability
|Place of domicile||Deadline|
|Anywhere else (except the UK)||Closed|
|UK (and others eligible for home fees)||7 July 2023|
We must receive new applications by midday UK time.
The deadline may still move to:
- an earlier date if we have already received enough applications before the deadline
- a later date if there are still places available on the deadline
We receive many high-quality applications, so places for many of our courses are very competitive.
What happens after you apply
You will be asked to interview with the University for acceptance on to the course. If successful, you will be sent an application link to apply to the programme.
We will aim to send you a decision 6-8 weeks after you have submitted your application.
If we offer you a place, you will need to accept the offer within 30 working days. If you do not meet this deadline, we will offer your place to another applicant.
Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may not be able to give you specific feedback on your application if you are unsuccessful.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
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