Supporting Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs

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Support children and families in maintaining good mental health. Explore mental health and wellbeing in relation to diagnosis and treatment. Progress your career with part-time, evening study.

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This course is ideal for senior leaders, SENCOs, teachers and people working in education and care who want to develop knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practice and progress their careers.

This course will familiarise practitioners and learners with the key themes of the determinants and protective factors towards mental ill health, and the maintenance of positive emotional wellbeing; identifying the impact of supporting and working with children, young people, families and stakeholders. It will examine a range of SEMH needs that are common in children including, trauma, attachment difficulties, anxiety, depression, self-harm and bereavement and loss.


Why us?

  • Research in Education at Sunderland has been described as 'world-leading' by the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • Evening classes, to fit around work commitments

Course structure

You will be taught via tutor and group-led discussions, case studies, tutorials/directed tasks and independent learning.

You will be assessed by an anonymised case study of a child or young person.

Topics include:

  • Supporting Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs

Explore models of mental health and wellbeing in relation to diagnosis and treatment directions, and the impact on life outcomes. Develop knowledge and understanding of the role of CPD and evidence based interventions within education and care.

Explore the evidence-base around recovery to provide effective early identification and intervention for children. Critically examine the rights and needs of children with SEMH difficulties including childhood adversity and the impact of school policies and procedures in supporting participation and learning and preventing school exclusion.

  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to- date academic and industry articles. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format.

    Library Services - general


You'll be taught in the David Goldman Informatics Centre on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s - a modern and vibrant campus with a riverside view.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you will already be in a senior leadership/SENCO/teacher or education/care role. We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:2 or above) or equivalent. 

Fees and finance

The course fees vary depending on your status:

  • Accredited course fee: £1032
  • Partnership School fee: £495
  • Alumni fee: £826
  • Non-accredited fee: £295

If you're unsure which fee is right for you, please contact CaPE directly.

Start dates for this course are available on request from CaPE.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

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