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Education Mental Health Practitioner (PGDip)

Postgraduate Diploma
Typical Offer
2:2 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
January 2025

About this course

Provide low intensity CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) interventions for children, young people and their parents or carers. Support common mental health problems including anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties on this Education Mental Health Practitioner PGDip.

Gain the skills to work in education settings and assist schools with their mental health strategies. When you successfully complete the course you'll be qualified to practice.

The role of an Educational Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) was developed to improve access to high quality mental health support for children and young people within education settings.

This course follows the agreed national curriculum. You’ll learn theory and take part in education practice in live settings. You’ll carry out your education practice as part of a Mental Health Support Team (MHST) who will also support you. Your MHST must be your employer.

You’ll develop the skills to:

  • work in a values-driven service
  • understand common mental health problems experienced by children and young people and the evidenced-based treatment options
  • understand therapeutic management of children, young people and their parents/carers experiencing anxiety, low mood or behavioural difficulties
  • understand education settings, including legislative and policy frameworks
  • promote the wellbeing of children and young people by supporting their cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development in the context of their family, school and other systems
  • understand the process of consultation and group work in schools and colleges

This course is fully funded by the NHS. The training is provided as part of an MHST clinical training role. The trainee role is full time and you earn a wage equal to the NHS Agenda for Change Band 4

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course lead

Mrs Sarah Monk is a trained Cognitive Behavioural Therapist 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. Visit Sarah’s profile page to learn more.

If you have a question about the course you can contact the EMHP team inbox:

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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