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Postgraduate Certificate:  Professional Studies in Education, Mental Health Awareness in Schools

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This certificate is designed to support individuals, schools or local authorities who are working on programmes or professional learning activities geared to promoting awareness of mental health in schools.

 Never has mental health and wellbeing been so important. The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown has been unprecedented and has created challenges.  Commentators have expressed concerns for children's mental and physical health during the closures and have warned that disadvantaged children are losing out.  While all schools are hoping to go back in September it is not going to be a normal return to business as usual. This module aims to explore how schools and teachers can support each other and students.

This module will  discuss issues  of mental health relevant to both staff and students to include: Trauma informed schools, Mindfulness and the Recovery Curriculum (Carpenter and Carpenter 2020).

The 60 credit certificate is comprised of two 30 credit modules to include:

  • Independent Study:  Mental Health Awareness in Schools (30 credits)
  • and Exploring Research  (30 credits) or Emotional Aspects of Learning (EDU09)  

During the Academic Year 2020/2021 the certificate will be delivered as follows:

Semester 1: Independent Study:  Mental Health Awareness in Schools

In this module students will be asked to carry out an extended literature review or a small piece of  research on an aspect of mental health that will be further developed in the  final part of the certificate.

Semester 2:  Exploring Research

In the final part of this certificate students will be asked to carry out practitioner research on an aspect of mental health.

Previous students’ work has focused on:

  • An exploration into supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing on their transition back into school after the Coronavirus pandemic
  • How can a ‘shoes-off’ classroom policy impact on the regulatory emotions of young people?
  • The realities of social media usage amongst adolescents and its potential effects on mental health and wellbeing;
  • Children's perceptions on the impact of restricting evening screen time on their sleep and wellbeing;
  • How could the school improve the mental health of a transgender child and;
  • The extent to which gratitude journals can influence  mental health

 

Please note that the exit award for this programme will read: Postgraduate Certificate:  Professional Studies in Education, Mental Health Awareness in Schools

Our facilities

During your time with us you will have the opportunity to study by Distance Learning, accessing resources from our Moodle (VLE) platform, from which you will be supported by a dedicated tutor team based at our Bognor Regis campus.

The University resources provide the best facilities available for your study.  We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. 

A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. 

We use an electronic learning environment with a continually expanding portfolio of online library resources that are available from anywhere at any time.

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus and hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors. 

Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, a coffee lounge and over 80 open access work stations. 

An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

The campus offers purpose built classrooms, as well as lecture and seminar rooms.

Where this can take you

Successful students will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate:  Professional Studies in Education, Mental Health Awareness in Schools, which can act as a springboard for further Masters study.

Indicative modules

Delivery of the Postgraduate Certificate:  Professional Studies in Education, Mental Health Awareness in Schools  takes the form of taught and facilitated sessions over two modules.

 As the timetable of session dates below illustrates, students will be required to be onsite for some face-to-face taught sessions.  Between these sessions students will be able to access 1-2-1 support which can be face-to-face, online or through asynchronous provision.  

Successful students will be awarded with a Postgraduate Certificate:  Professional Studies in Education, Mental Health Awareness in Schools worth 60 level 7 Masters credits, which can act as a springboard for further Masters study.

All taught and facilitated sessions take place at our Bognor Regis Campus.

Session dates

Semester 1:  Independent Study:  Mental Health Awareness in Schools

Tuesday September 29th  5:30-7:30pm

Tuesday October 13th   5:30-7:30pm

Saturday November 14th  – Masters Forum 10-4pm

Tuesday December 15th   5:30-7:30pm

 

Semester 2:  Exploring Research

Tuesday February 2nd  5:30 – 7:30

Tuesday February 23rd  5:30 – 7:30

Tuesday March 9th   5:30 – 7:30      

Tuesday March 23rd  5:30 – 7:30

Saturday March 27th    -  Masters Forum 10:00 – 4:00

Tuesday April 20th   5:30 – 7:30

Tuesday May 4th     5:30 – 7:30

Tuesday May 18th    5:30 – 7:30

 

To find out more contact: 

Dr Sue Bentham, Coordinator of Masters Provision in Education
MEdu@chi.ac.uk
01243 812045

PLEASE NOTE:  In respect to DATES for the Independent Study:  Mental Health Awareness in Schools;  

For individual applicants up to four hours tutorial support is available for this module, which may include face to face meetings and reviews of drafts.

Tutorials will focus upon the substantive topic, facilitating discussion of ideas, research sources and references, theoretical models, policy implications etc. 

The delivery of this module will benefit from the use of electronic message board facilities to assist communication between students.

 

 

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Teaching and assessment

Delivery takes the form of taught and facilitated sessions plus 1-2-1 input.

Sessions will be held at Bognor Regis campus. 

Tutorials will focus upon the substantive topic, facilitating discussion of ideas, research sources and references, theoretical models, policy implications etc. 

The delivery of this module will benefit from the use of electronic message board facilities to assist communication between students.

Additional Costs

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CONTACT US

For further information, please contact:

MEdu@chi.ac.uk
01243 812045