Our distance learning Diploma is challenging, interactive and focused on the effective support for children and young people with SEMH needs. 

The Diploma is completed across two academic years. A key theme involves the contrast between the ‘social model’ and the ‘medical model’ of understanding SEMH needs. You will be encouraged to reflect on the context in which SEMH needs first emerge within individuals.

After year 1, you can exit the course with the award of PG Cert: Social Emotional Mental Health Difficulties.  Most students continue into year 2 where you will reflect on the ecology of SEMH difficulties and begin a critical exploration of complex SEMH needs including childhood trauma, anger management, self-harm, eating disorders, anxiety and depression. 

A research methods module is also included in Year 2 to ensure that you are in a position to access a dissertation year following the Diploma to complete a full MA Education (SEND).



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