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Attachment, Trauma and Mental Health (Children, Young People and Adults) PGCert

Attachment, Trauma and Mental Health (Children, Young People and Adults) PGCert

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Part time | Wheeler | 1 year | MAY-23

Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

The course can be completed within one year (maximum three years) and will be delivered at our popular postgraduate Weekend Schools (Wheeler Building), or in live online Thursday afternoon sessions (Distance Learning). This course has never been more relevant.

Course overview

This course investigates the impact of loss and trauma, equipping professionals with the skills and knowledge to support children and young people across all settings in Attachment, Adversity, Trauma and Mental Health.

Careers and Employability

Student Futures aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.


This module includes the following topics: an exploration of the theories of emotional development; a consideration of how early attachment and separation impact on personality development; Understanding how attachment theory informs professionals understanding of the behaviour of children, young people and adults; an evaluation of the research about the impact of childhood trauma and neglect and how such early experiences impact on thinking and behaviour; a critique of new research about how a brain develops through relational experience; a re-conceptualisation of the received understanding of challenging behaviour.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

The Postgraduate Certificate in Attachment, Trauma and Mental Health (Children, Young People and Adults) is open to those who have professional experience in working with children and young people. Entry requirements for the course are normally a minimum of 2:2 from an undergraduate degree. Applicants will normally be working in, or aspiring to, a role in supporting Children, Young People and Adults, or wishing to acquire specialist knowledge and skills. It is possible for applicants who are not in work to undertake the programme through a combination of university-based taught modules.

University information

The University of Chester is a 21st century university which traces its roots back to 1839, placing it among the oldest higher education institutions in England. With a modern outlook, a strong research pedigree and guiding principles of supportiveness and inclusiveness, it’s an academic community that has stood the test of time. Today, it attracts thousands of students from around the world and is known for its commitment to helping students...more

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