Higher Specialist Social Work (Mental Health Practice)
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DescriptionThe next delivery of the AMHP training programme will commence with a study block running 17-21 February 2014. Why study with us? The University of Cumbria is a recognised provider of initial and post-qualifying training in social work, nursing and the allied health professions. It has well-established programmes in psychosocial therapeutic interventions, and a growing provision of courses in forensic mental health. Academic team members hold professional qualifications within the fields of mental health, forensic, learning disability, health, health and social care management, within the disciplines of Social Work, Nursing and Psychology.
Programme outcomes include:
Knowledge and understa…
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Programme outcomes include:
Knowledge and understanding of standards of professional competency
A comprehensive and critically reflective understanding and application of the concepts, values, theories and knowledge base underpinning the student’s specialist area of mental health practice in order to promote effective engagement with service users and carers, utilising participative approaches, anti-oppressive practice and the principles of social inclusion.
The continual development of the student’s own and others’ practice through systematic critical reflection and self-evaluation.
A comprehensive and critical understanding and application of the statutory roles of AMHP and BIA within the legal, policy and values framework of mental health.
Rigorous adherence to professional values, principles, codes of conduct and ethics, their critical ability to practice ethically and to manage the implications of ethical dilemmas.
Critical evaluation of research and the advancement of scholarship in mental health theory and practice. Resources and facilities The award involves an experiential learning component with independent and supervised study in the student’s own workplace. AMHP training programmes are based on a minimum of 600 hours of learning, which includes a (150 hours) taught element, direct mental health practice, private study, supervision and portfolio production. The PgD requires students to undertake a minimum of 450 hours practice component or placement in a supervised mental health setting, including: minimum 20 hours practice supervision, minimum 70 hours shadowing an experienced AMHP, minimum 70 hours self-evaluation portfolio, minimum 15 hours observational visits. Entry requirements
1st or 2nd class honours degree
Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via APL procedures
More about levels and creditsCredit and UCAS requirements Credit: 180 credits Selection criteria To be eligible for entry to the AMHP (Higher Specialist Social Work) training candidates must be employed as a social worker registered with the General Social Care Council (GSCC)
Successfully completed a pre-selection pro-forma of experience and skills verified by their line manager or employer representative, to demonstrate that they have achieved the level of professional competence, capacity and ability to complete and AMHP training programme
Provided an endorsement from their employer in support of their application
Have an agreed practice placement or component and AMHP Practice Assessor
For entry requirements relating to Best Interest Assessor (BIA), please refer to the BIA web page.
Applicants outside the Cumbria area should contact Health Admissions for further details. UCAS Link
Visit UCASModules SWAM7001: Foundations of AMHP Practice in a Specialist Mental Health Setting (20 credits at level 7)
SWAM7002: Values and Principles of AMHP Practice (20 credits at level 7) SWAM7003: Legal And Policy Context of AMHP Practice (20 credits at level 7)
SWAM 7004: The AMHP Role (20 credits at level 7)
SWAM 7005: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and the Role of the Best Interest Assessor (20 credits at level 7)
HEPP 7001: Foundations of Academic Practice (30 credits at level 7)
SWAM 7001 must be taken by all students before progressing to other modules.
SWAM 7005 and HEPP 7001 can be taken as stand alone modules. Course summary This course is a post-qualifying (PQ) training programme which meets requirements for the statutory Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) role, as defined in the Mental Health Act (2007). It has been developed in response to the government’s mental health legislative framework. It is accredited by the General Social Care Council (GSCC), incorporates the relevant GSCC higher specialist level generic requirements of the PQ framework (GSCC, 2005), and the specialist standards and requirements for PQ training in mental health services (GSCC, 2007).