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Education Mental Health Practitioner (PGDip)

Education Mental Health Practitioner (PGDip)

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work Flexible Learning Design Health Education Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

About this course

Provide low intensity CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) interventions for children, young people and their parents or carers. Support common mental health problems including anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties on this Education Mental Health Practitioner PGDip.

Gain the skills to work in education settings and assist schools with their mental health strategies. When you successfully complete the course you'll be qualified to practice.

The role of an Educational Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) was developed to improve access to high quality mental health support for children and young people within education settings.

This course follows the agreed national curriculum. You’ll learn theory and take part in education practice in live settings. You’ll carry out your education practice as part of a Mental Health Support Team (MHST) who will also support you. Your MHST must be your employer.

You’ll develop the skills to:

  • work in a values-driven service
  • understand common mental health problems experienced by children and young people and the evidenced-based treatment options
  • understand therapeutic management of children, young people and their parents/carers experiencing anxiety, low mood or behavioural difficulties
  • understand education settings, including legislative and policy frameworks
  • 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
  • understand the process of consultation and group work in schools and colleges


Successful completion of this education mental health practitioner training means you can practice as an EMHP. You'll be employed as part of the new Mental Health Support Teams.


EMHPs 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 well-being. These will include common adverse experiences, traumatic events and common problems occurring in education settings. EHMWs will work within a model of the child and young person that recognizes both the effects of adversity on children and the limits of their autonomy. They will promote the well-being of children and young people by supporting their cognitive, emotional, social and physical development in the context of their family, school and other systems.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

This course is fully funded by the NHS through Health Education England (HEE).

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

Please refer University website for the fee details

Entry requirements

Students will need a 2:2 degree in any subject and experience of working or volunteering with children and young people in a mental health context. We consider professional experience in these fields: education, mental health, children and young people.

University information

The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions...more

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