Our first intake will begin in September 2023
Applications open: January 2023
Applications close: 30th June 2023

This new online distance learning programme provides a comprehensive overview of child and adolescent mental health introducing core concepts, theories and models of current evidence-based practice.

The programme brings together psychological, developmental, neurobiological and clinical perspectives - including systemic, cognitive and psychoanalytic approaches. Students will learn about how and why mental health problems can emerge, how they impact children and young people, and will be introduced to a range of clinical and non-clinical approaches to support prevention and intervention.

Study options

Students will have the option to complete this programme on a full-time basis in one year or a part-time basis over two years. To support accessibility and working professionals, this programme is available fully online via distance learning - there will not be any face to face teaching at UCL or Anna Freud Centre campuses.

Who can apply?

This course is specifically aimed at professionals working with children and young people, who wish to develop and advance their knowledge of child mental health as well as individuals who wish to embark on careers in these sectors. Examples might include professionals within the social care, education, community, or health sectors.

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.

Alternatively, a lower second-class honours degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard will be considered if supported by professional experience in a relevant setting.

Career Prospects

This course will enable graduates from the programme to develop an understanding of core mental health concepts in relation to working with children and young people. This includes an understanding of pathways to both risk and resilience and prevention and intervention strategies from multiple professional perspectives. Students will be introduced to the influence of trauma and adversity on child development and mental health.

The course will build your confidence in understanding and supporting child mental health within your current area of work. For interested candidates, it could also lead to further training and development opportunities with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Further Information

For more information about the programme, including content, structure or to make an application, please visit the UCL website.

Upcoming Events

Click here to view details of our upcoming taster webinars 


For all enquiries related to this programme, please contact the Programme Officer

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