Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ERPM008Z: Children and Young People's Mental Health

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to help you to develop:

  • A broad and critical understanding of children and young people’s mental health, drawing on knowledge from contemporary practice, policy, theory and research and from a range of different academic disciplines
  • An appreciation for the ways in which mental health issues might combine with children and young people’s developmental needs and difficulties (e.g. in relation to adverse childhood experiences or autism).
  • Familiarity with contemporary research in this area of interest and with the ways in which this research might be conducted with participants in these populations
  • An understanding of the roles that professionals play in working to support children and young people experiencing mental health issues (particularly the role of educators and the support available to young people through schooling)

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Review and critically evaluate current evidence on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people
2. Demonstrate awareness of the complexity in defining mental health and wellbeing and the implications for children of certain definitions
3. Describe and evaluate some of the interventions and models of care which are currently used to support children and young people in relation to mental health
4. Draw on theory, research and practice to identify some of the key mental health and wellbeing issues which children and young people experience in contemporary society
Discipline-Specific Skills5. Acquire basic and essential factual and conceptual knowledge of the subject, and demonstrate understanding of this knowledge
6. Consider the complex interplay of research, policy, practice in this area of study
7. Address well-defined problems systematically, think critically and creatively, and begin to appreciate the complexities of the issues
Personal and Key Skills8. Take responsibility for your own learning, with appropriate support
9. Develop clear and logical arguments in your written work
10. Manage information, collect appropriate information from a range of sources and undertake essential study tasks under guidance