Mental Health and Young People Diploma

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Welcome to the Mental Health and Young People Diploma

Harley Oxford is offering students this Mental Health and Young People Diploma.

The course provides a fantastic insight into the most common mental health problems, mental health disorders, risk factors and identification, PSHE education, supporting students with mental health disorders and much more.

In order to complete the course candidates must do the following:

  • Read all 11 Course Modules
  • Complete the Final Online Assessment

Good luck and we hope you enjoy the material!

Module 1 Introduction to Mental Health

Mental health refers to a person's overall psychological well-being. It encompasses a wide range of emotional, psychological, and social factors that can affect how an individual thinks, feels, and behaves. Mental health is important because it affects not only an individual's ability to cope with daily stressors, but also their ability to form and maintain healthy relationships, and make positive contributions to their community. Good mental health allows people to lead fulfilling lives, realize their potential, and make meaningful contributions to society.

Unit 1 Mental Health in Young People
Unit 2 Improving Mental Health Awareness
Unit 3 Importance of Educating Teaching Staff
Unit 4 Role of Staff
Unit 5 Effects on Education

Module 2 Mental Health Disorders

Mental health disorders refer to a wide range of conditions that can affect a person's thoughts, feelings, behavior, and mood. These conditions can vary in severity, from mild to severe, and can be temporary or long-lasting.

Unit 1 Emotional Disorders
Unit 2 Conduct Disorders
Unit 3 Hyperkinetic Disorders
Unit 4 Attachment Disorders
Unit 5 Other Mental Health Disorders

Module 3 Risk Factors and Identification

Risk factors for mental health disorders can include:

  • Genetics: Family history of mental health disorders can increase the risk of developing one.

  • Trauma or abuse: Exposure to traumatic events, such as physical or emotional abuse, can increase the risk of developing mental health disorders.

  • Environmental factors: Exposure to poverty, neglect, or other stressful life events can increase the risk of developing mental health disorders.

  • Substance abuse: Alcohol and drug use can contribute to the development of mental health disorders.

  • Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as chronic pain or brain injury, can increase the risk of developing mental health disorders.

Identifying a mental health disorder can be difficult because the symptoms can be diverse, and may not be obvious. It's important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders, which can include changes in mood, behavior, or thinking, and to seek professional help if you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or someone you know. A mental health professional can conduct a comprehensive evaluation, including a review of symptoms, medical history, and any other relevant information to make a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.

It's important to know that seeking help is a sign of strength and courage, not weakness. With the right treatment and support, individuals with mental health disorders can lead fulfilling lives.

Unit 1 Risk Factors Associated with Mental Illness
Unit 2 Identifying Students with Mental Health Disorders
Unit 3 Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)

Module 4 Promoting Positive Mental Health

Promoting positive mental health is an important aspect of overall well-being. Some ways to promote positive mental health include:

  • Taking care of your physical health: Eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, and getting enough sleep are all important for maintaining good mental health.

  • Building and maintaining positive relationships: Strong social connections are important for mental well-being. Make an effort to spend time with family and friends, and build and maintain supportive relationships.

  • Managing stress: Identify the things that cause stress in your life and develop strategies for managing them. This can include things like time management, relaxation techniques, and exercise.

  • Finding a sense of purpose: Being engaged in activities that are meaningful to you can promote feelings of fulfillment and satisfaction.

  • Developing a positive outlook: Practice gratitude, focus on the positive aspects of your life and try to reframe negative thoughts.

  • Seeking professional help if necessary: If you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health disorder or simply feel overwhelmed, don't hesitate to seek help from a mental health professional. Early identification and intervention can make a big difference in the long-term outcome.

It's important to remember that everyone's mental well-being will fluctuate over time, and it's normal to feel sad, anxious or stressed at times. However, if these feelings persist and interfere with daily life, it's important to seek help.

Unit 1 Promoting Positive Mental Health
Unit 2 Reducing Stigma
Unit 3 Developing Social Skills
Unit 4 Anti-Bullying Policies
Unit 5 Peer Mentoring and Support
Unit 6 Pastoral Care
Unit 7 Working with Parents and Carers
Unit 8 Tailoring the Curriculum

Module 5 PSHE Education

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) education is a curriculum area that aims to help young people develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to lead healthy, safe, and fulfilling lives. PSHE education covers a wide range of topics, including personal well-being, relationships, health, and economic education.

Some of the key areas that PSHE education focuses on include:

  • Personal well-being: This includes topics such as self-esteem, stress management, and emotional literacy.

  • Relationships: This includes topics such as communication, friendships, and relationships education.

  • Health: This includes topics such as mental and physical health, drug education, and sex and relationships education.

  • Economic education: This includes topics such as money management, consumer rights, and understanding the economy.

PSHE education is typically delivered through a combination of classroom-based learning and practical activities. It is often taught through an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating elements of science, mathematics, and English. The curriculum is usually flexible so that it can be tailored to the specific needs of the students.

The goal of PSHE education is to help young people develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to make informed decisions about their health and well-being, and to become responsible and active citizens. It is an important part of the education system and is designed to complement and support other subjects in the curriculum.

Unit 1 What is PSHE Education?
Unit 2 Benefits of PSHE Education
Unit 3 Recommended Curriculum
Unit 4 Relationships
Unit 5 Living in the Wider World

Module 6 Supporting Students with Mental Health Disorders

Supporting students with mental health disorders can be challenging, but it's important to remember that early identification and intervention can make a big difference in the long-term outcome. Some ways to support students with mental health disorders include:

  • Building a supportive and inclusive school environment: Create a positive school culture that promotes well-being and encourages students to seek help when they need it.

  • Providing mental health education: Educate teachers, staff, and students about mental health disorders and how to support those who are struggling.

  • Identifying and addressing barriers to learning: Mental health disorders can affect a student's ability to learn, so it's important to identify and address any barriers to learning that may be present.

  • Providing accommodations: Provide accommodations and support services, such as counseling and therapy, to students with mental health disorders.

  • Collaborating with mental health professionals: Work with mental health professionals to develop and implement appropriate interventions and support services for students with mental health disorders.

  • Monitoring and evaluating progress: Regularly monitor and evaluate the progress of students with mental health disorders to ensure that they are receiving the support they need.

It's important to remember that mental health disorders are not the student's fault and that with the right support and treatment, students with mental health disorders can be successful in school and in life. It's also important to respect the privacy of the student and to seek their consent before sharing information about their mental health with other staff members.

Unit 1 Classroom Support
Unit 2 One-On-One Support
Unit 3 Individual Healthcare Plans
Unit 4 Coping Strategies
Unit 5 ‘Cool Down’ Rooms
Unit 6 Medication
Unit 7 General Advice

Module 7 CAMHS

CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. It is a UK-based service that provides mental health assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and support for children and young people up to the age of 18. CAMHS are usually provided by a multidisciplinary team of professionals that include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and mental health nurses. The team works together to provide a comprehensive range of services, including assessment, diagnosis, therapy, medication, and support for families and carers.

CAMHS services can help children and young people who are experiencing a wide range of mental health problems, including:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • Substance misuse

CAMHS services are usually accessed through a referral from a GP or other healthcare professional, but in some cases, parents or carers, or the young person themselves, can make a referral. Waiting times for CAMHS can vary, and the level of service provided can also depend on the area in which you live. Some areas have more specialized services and more resources than others.

It's important to remember that seeking help is a sign of strength and courage, not weakness. With the right treatment and support, children and young people with mental health disorders can lead fulfilling lives.

Unit 1 What is CAMHS?
Unit 2 Functions and Benefits
Unit 3 Referral to CAMHS
Unit 4 Professionals in a CAMHS Team

Module 8 Counselling and Therapy

Counseling and therapy are forms of mental health treatment that involve talking with a trained professional to help individuals address and manage their emotional, behavioral, and mental health concerns. Counselors and therapists use various techniques and approaches to help individuals understand and work through their feelings, develop coping strategies, and improve their overall well-being. They can help with a wide range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and stress management.

Unit 1 School-Based Counselling
Unit 2 Benefits of Counselling
Unit 3 Person-Centred Counselling
Unit 4 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Unit 5 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Unit 6 Expose Response Prevention Therapy
Unit 7 Psychotherapy
Unit 8 Family Therapy
Unit 9 Group Therapy
Unit 10 Interpersonal Therapy
Unit 11 Mindfulness

Module 9 SEND Support

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) support refers to the additional help provided to students who have special educational needs and/or disabilities that may affect their ability to learn. This can include students with physical or medical needs, learning difficulties (such as dyslexia or ADHD), or social, emotional, and mental health needs.

SEND support can take many forms, including:

  • Additional support in the classroom, such as a teaching assistant or one-on-one support
  • Specialized teaching strategies or accommodations, such as using a computer or adaptive technology
  • Smaller class sizes or specialized classes or programs
  • Behavioral support or counseling services
  • Occupational, speech and language therapy

The goal of SEND support is to help students with special needs access the same curriculum and opportunities as their peers, and to help them reach their full potential.

Unit 1 SEND and Mental Health
Unit 2 Link to Learning Disabilities
Unit 3 SEND Support
Unit 4 Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities
Unit 5 EHC Plans
Unit 6 Role of SENCO

Module 10 Primary Schools and Mental Health

Mental health is an important issue in primary schools, as it can have a significant impact on a child's ability to learn and succeed in school. Children who struggle with mental health issues may have difficulty focusing, following directions, or interacting with their peers. They may also be at a higher risk for academic problems, absenteeism, and behavioral issues.

To address mental health in primary schools, many schools have implemented a variety of strategies. Some of these include:

  • Providing mental health education and awareness programs to students, staff, and families
  • Incorporating social and emotional learning (SEL) into the curriculum
  • Providing counseling services or access to mental health professionals
  • Building positive relationships and creating a supportive and inclusive school culture
  • Creating a mental health and well-being plan for the school

It is also important for primary schools to work closely with families and outside mental health professionals to ensure that students with mental health needs are getting the support they need. This can include regular check-ins with families, providing resources for parents, and connecting families with community mental health services.

It is important to note that, in some countries and regions, the access to mental health professionals and resources in primary schools might be limited.

Unit 1 Mental Health in Younger Children
Unit 2 Teaching Primary School Students about Mental Health
Unit 3 Supporting Mental Health in Primary Schools
Unit 4 Therapies
Unit 5 Art Therapy
Unit 6 Play Therapy

Module 11 External Support

External support refers to the assistance and resources that are provided outside of a school or educational institution to support the mental health and well-being of students. This can include a range of services and programs provided by community organizations, non-profits, government agencies, and private providers.

Unit 1 Parents and Carers
Unit 2 Social Services
Unit 3 Medical Health Professionals
Unit 4 Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP)

Once you have gone through the course modules the next stage of the course is to complete the Mental Health and Young People Final Assessment.

Final Assessment

To get to this stage you should now have completed all 11-course modules and be ready to take your assessment tests.

We would strongly advise that you read through the entire course units more than once and make relevant notes where necessary ensuring that you have absorbed all the information.

The Test

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