Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence-based Psychological approaches for Children & Young People – Learning Disability and Autism Pathway
About the programme
This programme is a postgraduate certificate programme in evidence-based psychological therapies for children and young people. The programme is part of the national Children and Young People - Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) project.
This programme is validated in Partnership with The Division of Psychology and Mental Health, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester.
Children and young people with Autism and/ or Learning Disabilities need services who are skilled in understanding their challenges and can adapt interventions effectively.
Autistic young people are at much higher risk of experiencing mental health issues: around half will experience anxiety at a level that reaches diagnostic threshold; across a lifetime an autistic person is 4 times more likely to experience depression; and the risk of suicidal ideation and attempts are also higher. Similarly, young people with significant learning disabilities are more likely to experience depression and anxiety than neurotypical young people, and both groups are more likely to present with behaviour that challenges, which impacts on their quality of life and that of their family and peers. Late diagnosis and a lack of effective support compounds these challenges.
Services that work to support young people’s mental health and emotional well-being need practitioners who can effectively assess neurodevelopmental conditions, formulate difficulties with sound knowledge of these conditions, provide early intervention, and adapt therapeutic approaches to better meet the needs of young people with Autism and/ or Learning Disabilities.
The formal aims of the programme are to:
The Post-Graduate Certificate in Autism-Learning Disabilities at CYP-IAPT, Psychological Therapies Training Centre (Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust), aims to equip practitioners with the skills necessary to improve access and outcomes for children and young people with Autism and/ or Learning Disabilities. The course is part-time for one year, and trainees use teaching, self-directed study and supervised clinical practice to achieve the following outcomes:
- Increased understanding of the challenges faced by this client group, both from aspects of their conditions and from social structures which do not meet their needs
- Ability to identify and assess Autism and LD using neurodevelopmental history taking and observation (the course does not include ADOS training)
- Increased knowledge of interventions which target core symptoms
- Knowledge and practice of post-diagnostic psychoeducation approaches
- Knowledge and practice of effective assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation with behaviour that challenges
- Training in “Riding the Rapids”, a group parent-training approach to support CYP with behaviour that challenges
- Knowledge and practice of adaptations to existing skills in intervention in mental health conditions, to improve access and effectiveness of interventions such as CBT, counselling and systemic therapy
Additionally, the programme aims to:
- Provide high quality training in specialist assessment and intervention for practitioners working with children and young people with disabilities and/or Autism who have mental health difficulties. This will be done by presenting the relevant theoretical bases of therapies and interventions alongside research evidence of their effectiveness to enable students to develop an understanding of the links between research in the relevant areas of psychological science and practical applications of these therapies.
- Provide training consistent with all current key governmental objectives for the CYP IAPT project, including training in ‘evidence-based practice’ and the provision of ‘lifelong learning’. As the Certificate is a postgraduate qualification programme, suitable for health, mental health and social care professionals with suitable knowledge and experience, the programme aims to develop and extend professional competence in all relevant professions.
- Specifically, to be consistent with the national Department of Health priorities for mental health. To create a pool of suitably qualified graduates, trained to standards meeting with the provision of services as specified by the National Service Framework for Mental Health (National Health Service Executive). The National Service Framework promotes the training of staff and the need for the increased provision of evidence-based psychotherapy to service users.
- Provide practical support, guidance and supervision in the practice of therapies delivered to CYP and/or their families with learning disabilities and/or autism, and to help programme participants to develop the clinical skills necessary for working with these client groups.
- Ensure that all graduates of the programme meet recognised minimum clinical competence in working within their chosen pathway.
- Facilitate and support students in acquiring theoretical knowledge and clinical reflective skills sufficient to develop novel ideas in relation to working with children with learning disabilities and/or autism which are relevant to their clinical and service area.
(It is currently unavailable to external applicants)
Application forms are sent to the CYP IAPT Service Leads within Children & Young People’s services across the North West Collaborative. Completed application forms must be approved by the Service Manager and the CYP IAPT Lead, who will be responsible for sending them back to the Training Centre. This must include CCG approval if they are funding salary support. Applications sent directly to the training centre by the applicant will not be able to be accepted.
Eligible applicants will be working within North West CYP IAPT Collaborative. Recruitment is a joint process with collaborative partners and will be working specifically in the field of Autism or Learning Disabilities, as well as those involved in the broader delivery of children and young people’s mental health care who work with children and young people with Learning Disability/Autism.
Participants will be predominantly qualified members of the main mental health professions (Mental Health Social Workers, Psychiatric Nurses, Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists in Mental Health, Accredited Counsellors). Please consult the following link for a list of all health, mental health and social care professions currently accepted by BABCP as a recognised core profession, which will be accepted as entry criteria: https://www.babcp.com/Core-Profession.
Applicants without one of these recognised core professions will be considered for eligibility via the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSA) framework based on that developed by the BABCP. The KSA requirements for this training programme will be provided to applicants. An example of KSA requirements can be found on the BABCP website https://www.babcp.com/Accreditation/CBP/KSA.aspx.
Successful candidates will have experience of working with families and at least 2 years’ experience of working within a professional setting concerned with the mental health of children and young people or families.
Students need to have an appropriate modality supervisor who has skills and knowledge of the CYP IAPT programme. If there is not an appropriate supervisor already in place, a post graduate certificate supervisor training course is on offer. Trainees need to be actively doing child (and/or parent, family) work where they can write-up and bring video excerpts from a range or number of cases.
North West Collaborative
The Northwest CYP IAPT Collaborative is a partnership between The University of Manchester, Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust and over 70 providers and commissioning bodies of children and young people’s mental health services across NHS, Local Authority and Voluntary sectors working in the Northwest, Yorkshire and West Midlands.
It’s one of five Learning Collaboratives across England that are part of the CYP IAPT country-wide transformation programme. The collaborative seeks to improve services through better evidence based practice, better collaborative practice, authentic participation and better use of feedback and clinical outcomes across all services.
The training component is in the form of lectures, seminars, and supervision of clinical practice. Following the initial three days of induction, attendance is weekly mainly one day a week (Fridays) over four consecutive terms. There is at least one day of online learning.
The requirements to pass the course include: one verbal and one written case study, an exam, and a video submission showing clinical practice. Video-based supervision and service-based supervised practice are core elements of the programme.