PYMPES-Common Problems and Processes in Education Settings

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Hannah Whitney


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) will provide support and interventions in schools and colleges that acknowledge the broad range of difficulties experienced by many children and young people and which have adverse effects on their wellbeing.  These will include common adverse experiences, traumatic events and common problems occurring in education settings. EHMPs will work within a model of the child and young person that recognises both the effects of adversity on children and the limits of their autonomy. They will 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.  


The EMHP will draw on theory and research evidence about development and child and adolescent mental health to understand and to help children and young people to develop and increase support from their community of teachers, peers and family members.  They will use psychological theories and models and psychoeducation to help children and young people understand and tolerate negative emotions (e.g. worry, sadness, anger, frustration). To help children and young people adapt to their unwanted or distressing behaviours and emotions, EMHPs will draw on psychological theories and research about principles of behaviour change. 

The EHMP will be able to understand common problems and experiences (including common areas of adversity and disadvantage) and support education staff through training, implementing peer mentoring approaches and supporting classroom management in education settings. Underpinning the EMHPs’ ability to understand and support these common problems and experiences are key common processes that underpin therapeutic and organizational work.

EMHPs will need an understanding of the complexity of children’s, young peoples and families’ health, educational, social needs and the services available to support young people’s mental health. It is important for workers’ to be aware of the limitations of their professional role, to recognise when and where it is appropriate to seek further advice or signpost clients to other services or specialist CAMHS. Furthermore, they will need to demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes high-intensity Specialist CAMHS psychological treatment and how this differs from ‘low-intensity’ Universal work within education settings and hold and have access to knowledge of a wide range of social and health resources available through statutory and community agencies.

This module will help students to develop an understanding of common areas of adversity and disadvantage and the cumulative impact of these and associated risk factors which will include children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEND) and Vulnerable groups including  Looked After Children (LAC); help them to acquire knowledge and skills in supporting school /college staff, parents/carers, and children and young people to identify common problems experienced by children and young people in schools and colleges and which have adverse effects of wellbeing which includes (but are not limited to) bullying, challenges in peer relationships, examination stress, bereavement and loss, family conflict and breakdown, relocation, trauma and abuse.  Students will also have the opportunity to develop skills in identifying children and young people who are at risk of or are experiencing these common problems, skills and knowledge to help schools/colleges, parents/carers, and children and young people anticipate and manage common problems and support those who are experiencing them such as interventions to support and manage common problems in schools/colleges include peer support, CBT informed anxiety/exam stress management, transitions; and help to understand and develop competency in common process that underpin therapeutic and organizational processes in education settings

Assessable learning outcomes:

Students must demonstrate

1.            Knowledge of development stages, and the impact of adverse life events on psychological well-being and mental health. 

2.            To critically evaluate the impact of risk and protective factors on the well-being and mental health of children and young people.

To identify indicators of distress or impaired well-being in children and young people and demonstrate awareness of the distinction between transient distress and symptoms of mental ill-health.

3.            An understanding of, and respect for difference and diversity.  Knowledge of engagement in different settings and contexts and an ability to work with different and awareness of self in respect to responses to social and cultural diversity and difference.

4.            To be able to provide evidence-based information and psychoeducation to children and young people, parents/carers and education staff.

5.            To understand how peer support and interpersonal relationships are related to well-being and mental health in children and young people. Awareness of structured peer support as an intervention to promote well-being and improve mental health.

6.            Knowledge of interventions to support and manage common problems in education settings, including CBT-informed anxiety / exam stress management and management of transitions.

7.            To understand and promote well-being in whole school / college approaches.

a.            To understand differences between school cultural interventions, whole class interventions, and targeted interventions.

b.            To understand frameworks for emotional health promotion in schools.

8.            Knowledge of risk assessment and risk management delivery including working with risk and safeguarding within service-based context and the local systems.

9.            Ability to use outcomes informed practice in education settings.

a.            An overview understanding of the core CAMHS data set including use of GBO, RCADS, SRS, CSRS, ORS, CORS, SDQ. 

b.            An ability to use PREMs and PROMs collaboratively with YP and effectively as a core part of the supervision process.

10.          Ability to audit and assess mental health need in education settings.

11.          Ability to provide and support multi-agency co-ordination and working including signposting and stepping up / down.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

The module will comprise of in-class teaching, clinical skills practice/supervised clinical practice, supervision in-service and independent study.

Clinical Supervision

• Each student will have clinical supervision weekly in a group of no more than 6.

• Recorded material from training cases should be included at some point during a significant majority of supervision sessions.

At the end of the course when clinical work has been completed the supervisor will be asked to complete a pro-forma assessment form and indicate whether or not a student has reached a satisfactory level of clinical practice.

The teaching will be supplemented by an equivalent number of hours of clinical practice in the workplace under supervision of an experienced practitioner and supervisor.

Global context:

The content follows a national curriculum.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The aims of this module will be achieved through a series of lectures, seminars, discussion groups, guided reading, self-practice/self-reflection activities, problem-based learning tasks, and independent study. Unless otherwise stated, all teaching days comprise of 50% clinical skills practice. Skills based competencies will be learnt through a combination of clinical simulation in small groups working intensively under close supervision with peer and tutor feedback. In addition, they will be supplemented by e-learning material and experience of assessment and treatment of clients within the workplace under close supervision in the workplace). Teaching will be provided by course tutors, with some national and international experts where appropriate. 

Contact hours

To include approximately 10 days in total to be split between in class teaching and theoretical teaching and clinical simulation, and days to be spent in the workplace undertaking practice-based learning and e-learning activities. These will last from 9.30 to 4.30 p.m. Unless otherwise stated, all teaching days comprise of 50% clinical skills practice. In addition, they will be supplemented by experience of assessment and treatment of clients within the workplace (supervised in the workplace).

Teaching contact hours:

The total minimum teaching contact hours (including clinical skills workshops) for the EMHP course is 368 hours (64 University days; including workplace-based learning days).

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 57.5
Guided independent study 142.5
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Oral assessment and presentation 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

There are three parts to this assessment.

  1. Presentation on interventions in an education setting of supporting peer mentoring.

  2. Reflective report accompanying presentation.

These two are equally weighted.

  1. Successful completion of the following practice outcomes by the end of the programme, to be assessed by means of a practice outcomes portfolio and signed off as satisfactory (P13, P14 and P15).

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A mark of at least 50% on assessment numbers 1 and 2. 

A mark of ‘Pass’ on the practice outcomes (assessment number 3).

For EMHPs (graduate and postgraduate diploma), a minimum of 80% attendance is required. Note that certain teaching is mandatory (highlighted on timetable) for all students. Any student that misses a mandatory teaching session must attend a termly top-up meeting as scheduled in the timetable.

If, for any reason, a student does not complete the required attendance for their programme or requires further study in a particular area then they will be expected to attend the relevant top-up days.  The exact nature of the top-up days will be flexible in response to the needs of the individual students whereby they catch up on missed teaching, or assessments.  The top-up days require attendance in person.  Additional learning and self-study will take place remotely.  Students must ensure they are available to attend the University in person for all the top-up days, and not make any other arrangements during that time (e.g. book annual leave).  In practice, full attendance for all the top-up days may not be required.  If attendance falls below 80% for any module it will not be possible to use top-up days to compensate for missed sessions; this will need to be attended with another cohort.

Reassessment arrangements:

Students who do not obtain the required pass mark in the assessed work will be given the opportunity to resubmit, on one further occasion, any individual assessment that has been failed. The resit grade cannot exceed 50% for the assessments.

Completion of studies is dependent on employment within a CAMHS partnership of the Central and South CYP IAPT Collaborative and ongoing access to a CYP IAPT appropriate clinical caseload. Students must successfully pass all modules of the training programme. Therefore, a student’s studies may be terminated if they are no longer employed by a partnership service, no longer have access to an ongoing CYP IAPT appropriate caseload, or fail coursework at second attempt.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 29 January 2019


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