PGCert
1 year full time
Starts September 2017

Mental Health Practice

Mental health practitioners are much in demand, both nationally and locally. This course gives you the skills to practice up to Associate Practitioner level in NHS Mental Health Services.

You’ll develop knowledge in a range of therapeutic practices, assessment, ethics, and partnership and recovery working.

You also become familiar with being part of a multidisciplinary team within NHS Mental Health Services, engaging with adults experiencing complex mental health difficulties.

Key facts

  • Psychology at Sussex was placed in the top 10 for research in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • We are one of the largest psychology units in the UK. You’ll study in an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment for postgraduate research and study.
  • Clinical placements are provided as part of the training on this course, allowing you access to – and experience of – working within public-sector mental health services.

How will I study?

The course equally focuses on theory and practice (including clinical placements).

Teaching and learning take place through a combination of:

  • lectures, workshops and seminars
  • small group sessions
  • clinical supervision of your work with clients.

Assessment is through a range of methods – such as essays, journals, presentations and observed assessments – to help you demonstrate your developing skills and knowledge.

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Understanding the Fundamentals of Mental Health Care

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      By studying this module, you gain knowledge in the fundamentals of:

      • mental health assessment
      • team working
      • working with risk
      • key policies and responsible practice
      • therapeutic boundaries
      • essential communication skills for the clinical setting.

      As part of the module, you are introduced to concepts of therapeutics and resilience.

      Your sessions in this module include theoretical teaching and experiential group work.

    • Ways of Understanding Mental Health Problems: Diagnosis, Formulation and Recovery

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      By studying this module, you gain knowledge and critical understanding of the key models that operate in mental health services.

      You develop a broad understanding of psychiatric diagnosis, formulation and recovery. And you critically explore the underpinning philosophies and implications of the different models.

      Your sessions in this module may include lectures on:

      • diagnostic tools
      • ethics
      • labelling and critical theory
      • introduction to recovery as a philosophical approach to care.
    • Recovery, Collaboration and Partnership in Clinical Practice

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      By studying this module, you gain knowledge and skills in the guiding principles of recovery and prepare yourself to be able to apply those principles in a clinical setting.

      You also develop an understanding of and commitment to working collaboratively and in partnership with service users, as well as an understanding of the context of care delivery including Payment by Results.

      As part of the module, you are introduced to interventions including Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP), and Behavioural Activation.

    • Therapeutic Tools for the Emerging Practitioner: skills, techniques and models of engagement

      15 credits
      Spring & Summer Teaching, Year 1

      By studying this module, you gain knowledge and skills in a range of therapeutic techniques including:

      • Solution-Focused Therapy
      • behavioural activation
      • psychosocial interventions
      • wellness and recovery planning.

      You learn how to distinguish between appropriate interventions and be able to apply them in.

      As part of the module, you are introduced to a range of therapeutic evidence-based strategies and you develop your ability to apply them in practice.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in any subject. No prior knowledge or experience in mental health is required but you should demonstrate an interest and desire to work with adults with complex mental health difficulties and to develop education in practice, therapy and skills fundamental to mental health care.

In order to be accepted on the course you must also pass an interview.

Applications for this course are competitive and can close early. We therefore recommend an early application - ideally by April.

English language requirements

Higher level (IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

Home: £4,100 per year

EU: £4,100 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,100 per year

Overseas: £4,100 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Chancellor's Masters Scholarship

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarship

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex India Scholarships

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Malaysia Scholarships

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Nigeria Scholarships

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Pakistan Scholarships

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex.


Faculty

For clinical courses of this sort, teaching and supervision is provided in co-operation with staff affiliated with the local NHS Mental Health Trust, the Sussex Partnership Trust (SPT), who have the requisite clinical training and teaching experience.

Careers

Graduate destinations

96% of students from the School of Psychology were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • team leader, Pathway
  • mental health worker, Sussex Council
  • assistant psychologist, South London NHS Trust.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

With its associated clinical placements, this course maximises your chances of employment both within the NHS and other mental health providers.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

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