The ‘School Mental Health Specialist’ is a postgraduate programme developed by Minds Ahead in collaboration with Leeds Beckett University. It has been jointly designed and informed by school leaders, educational experts and mental health professionals.
As the first of its kind, this school-based mental health programme is the only postgraduate programme exclusively for school colleagues wishing to develop specialist knowledge in the emerging area of public mental health.
As the School Mental Health Specialist, you will be a key practitioner in your school or college supporting children and young people directly. You will gain knowledge of the latest research and theories relating to mental health in education from a wide range of perspectives and will learn how to apply these to benefit students and staff within your school or college.
The second cohort of students will start in September 2022.
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Outcomes for students with a mental health need are very low, attendance is a major concern. Staff wellbeing is also affected with over half of teachers saying that their personal relationships are affected by their challenges at work. Now more than ever, it’s to make a tangible difference to the practice of schools and colleges.
The School Mental Health Specialist programme covers general, evidence-based approaches to supporting a whole school or college approach to mental health. By gaining this professional qualification, your school or college will have dedicated and qualified support as part of the school team.
Minds Ahead have won several highly competitive awards to design and develop this innovative programme: