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Child and Young Persons Psychological Wellbeing Practice


This programme, an initiative of the Department of Health, intends to develop a new workforce of Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners. As part of a tiered care model of service delivery, graduates will supplement the work of current practitioners by strengthening community relationships and providing timely access to brief treatment treatments for children and adolescents with mild to moderate mental health challenges. 

The program’s specific objectives are to provide students with the following:

  • Knowledge, attitude, and skills necessary for effective operation in an inclusive, values-driven service.
  • Essential abilities to assess situations using suitable and effective assessment instruments and to interact with young people and their families.
  • Knowledge and skills in short (low-intensity) treatments that are successful for children, adolescents, and family systems, based on the most recent scientific data.
  • Knowledge of a variety of interventions (including handwritten and computerised intervention) and services available to Children and Young People (CYP) and their families across CYP agencies.

Trainee CWPs will receive one year of postgrad certificate level training hosted by either University College London or Kings College London  and will be based within a service. They will be trained to provide brief, proof therapies in the form of low severity support and guided self-help to children and young people with mild to moderate:

  • Anxiousness (primary and secondary school age)
  • low morale (adolescents)
  • Common behavioural problems (working with parents for under 8s)

Course Information

CWPs will get three days a week of university-led training and two days a week to work under tight supervision. CWPs spend one day a week at university and four days putting their abilities to use in their service, supervised by local supervisors and service development leaders. Third term, CWPs serve full-time.

Health Education England (HEE) will cover the course fee upon approval. As this is a HEE-funded degree with work assignments, applicants must have Home fees.

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, most face-to-face teaching at the institution has been discontinued. The course will adopt a mixed learning method with some online and some face-to-face in small groups, including workshops and seminars. Organizations will have coronavirus policies to ensure trainees’ remote/safe work.