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Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
On this course, you'll enhance your understanding, skills and expertise in relation to children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH).
You'll have opportunities to conduct constructive and critical reflection on a range of practical, theoretical and research issues. You will relate SEMH theory to your own professional context and consider the impact on your practice.
You'll learn from experienced practitioners in the field of SEMH. You'll receive expert tuition and support to build your skills and to succeed on the course. You'll also network online with students working in a wide range of settings.
The course is delivered in partnership with the charity SEBDA*. It is structured to help you study while you are working.
*SEBDA is committed to improving provision for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and supporting the professionals who work with them.
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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
Being a member of SEBDA will give you £100 cashback on your course fees.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
Learning is challenging, interactive and focused on the practicalities of effective support for children and young people with SEMH needs.
You'll carry out critical reviews of approaches, policy and guidance on SEMH difficulties. You'll look at emotional development and instances that can impact on socio-emotional development. You will look at mental health issues and the therapies to alleviate them.
In your first year you'll engage with psychological understandings of SEMH, current legislation, SEMH assessment, practical interventions and neuroscientific research. You’ll explore how the ‘social model’ of understanding of SEMH contrasts with the ‘medical model’.
You may now choose to exit the course with the award of PG Cert: Social Emotional Mental Health Difficulties.
In the second year you'll begin a critical exploration of:
- anger management
- eating disorders
- emotional development
- attachment theory
- autistic spectrum conditions.
You'll also study the ecology of SEMH difficulties and a research methods module.
The School of Education is a thriving centre for educational research and teacher professional development.
We hold two major research conferences each year - the School of Education Research Conference and the EdD Colloquium. All students are invited to attend our annual Research
Seminar Series (which attracts both internal and external speakers).
The School’s six research groups exist to encourage engagement in research, publication, conference presentations, seminars and workshops:
- Inclusion and Wellbeing
- Policy, Partnership and Leadership
- STEAM pedagogy and learning
- Humanistic Perspectives on Education
- Early Years
- Applied Linguistics
SEBDA publishes the research journal ‘Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties’ on a quarterly basis. You have access via the Brookes library services. SEBDA is also engaged with national campaigns around social, emotional and mental health.
After you graduate
By completing this course, you've demonstrated a professional interest and commitment to this important area of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). You’ve gained a qualification that builds your expertise and professional knowledge. It supports your career progression in the field of SEND. And it may also open up new opportunities for you to explore.
Below are graduate examples of career advancement in the field of SEND:
- Support staff participating in strategic development groups
- Promotion of mainstream staff to SEMH roles within mainstream
- Mainstream staff securing posts in specialist provision
- Promotion of course graduates to headships of specialist provisions
- Graduates have secured roles in advisory services or gained promotion to advisory services.
On successful completion of this PG Diploma in SEMH Difficulties, you can apply to join the MA Education with Oxford Brookes. You’ll have 120 credits from the PG Diploma in SEMH and will need to complete a Dissertation (60 credits) in one year, to gain an MA Education qualification.
The MA Education at Oxford Brookes has specialist pathways; giving you a qualification that will further your career as an education specialist.
‘After studying the SEBDA courses it seemed like a natural step to follow and complete my dissertation for the MA. I did an investigation into the SEND code of practice for professionals and for provision for young people with SEND in the FE sector - it was a really good decision - it was a seamless transition. It was great to get an MA qualification while working.’
Mary Campbell, MA Education Graduate
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