UDOL launches two short courses for healthcare professionals

Healthcare professionals from around the world wanting to develop their career can benefit from two short courses launched by University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL).

The courses titled ‘Child and Adolescent Mental Health’ and ‘Social Pedagogy: Providing Children and Young People with Nurturing Care and Education’ will be launched on July 11, 2016.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health is ideally suited to individuals working with children and young people. The course will provide an overview of some of the common mental and emotional health issues that can be experienced by children and will consider the impact that these health issues may have for the young person and their families. One in ten children aged 5-16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder.

The course will specifically consider working with young people with anxiety and depression and also children and young people who self-harm. Over the last ten years there has been a 68% increase in the number of young people being admitted to hospital because of self-harm.

In addition, it will consider the impact of having Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and will review some approaches to supporting children and young people with ASD.

Vicky Cockerill, Online Lecturer in Nursing, at UDOL, said:

Research published by the Centre for Mental Health suggests that the need for early intervention for children and young people’s mental health is really significant but opportunities are often being missed. There is therefore a real importance to gain early recognition of mental health issues in young people to ensure that we involve the correct services in a timely manner.

Social Pedagogy: Providing Children and Young People with Nurturing Care and Education offers a unique introduction to the concept of social pedagogy within the context of working with and caring for children and young people.

By considering the child in a holistic manner, learners will gain insight and understand new ideas for working creatively with challenging and difficult behaviour and in caring for children experiencing difficulties in their lives.

The courses are designed to provide professionals with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities to fit around other commitments. All of which are professionally oriented and work-based allowing learners to immediately apply their knowledge to the workplace.

The short courses are non-credit bearing but a certificate will be provided upon completion of the course.

The University is launching three other new short courses, including:

  • Leading for Results and Change
  • Finance for Non-Financial Managers
  • Introduction to Innovative 21st Century Teaching.


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