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The content of this course is challenging, interactive and focused on the practicalities of effective support for children and young people with SEMH needs. 

You will carry out critical reviews of approaches, policy and guidance on SEMH difficulties. You will look at emotional development and instances that can impact on socio-emotional development. You will also look at mental health issues and the therapies to alleviate them.

In your first year you will engage with psychological understandings of SEMH. You will also look at current legislation, SEMH assessment, practical interventions and neuroscientific research. You will consider how the ‘social model’ of understanding of SEMH contrasts with the ‘medical model’.

In your second year you will undertake a critical exploration of theory and practice around:

  • trauma
  • anger management
  • self-harm
  • eating disorders 
  • bereavement 
  • anxiety 
  • depression
  • emotional development
  • attachment theory
  • autistic spectrum conditions. 

You will also consider the ecology of SEMH difficulties and complete a module on research methods.

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