Half of mental health problems surface before the age of 14 and many professionals who support young people, including teachers, report that they feel ill-equipped to deal with the challenges they face on a daily basis.
This microcredential from the University of Glasgow aims to address current and emerging concerns around the health and mental wellbeing of young people today. You’ll explore the key concepts and theories around children’s development, trauma, and loss, and develop the knowledge and skills to use practical strategies to support young people’s mental wellbeing.
Grow your knowledge of child development theories and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
The ACE-aware campaign has enhanced awareness of the impact of early adversity on children but understanding of the theories and science behind this remains limited. It is also not always clear how to provide practical support for children who have experienced ACEs.
You’ll start by looking at brain architecture, developmental theories, and how trauma can affect children’s mental health. In considering theories behind children’s development, as well as how trauma and loss impact their growing brains, you will add to your understanding of their behaviour in educational and social contexts.
Help to develop the emotional literacy and emotional intelligence of children and young people
Emotional literacy is a key aspect of mental health, especially in the developing brains of children and young people. The model of emotional literacy revolves around understanding and managing your own emotions as well as having a sense of empathy and identifying the emotions of others.
You’ll explore what is meant by young people’s emotional literacy and how it may have been affected by the pandemic. You’ll also delve into ways to help children develop their emotional intelligence and literacy. This course will also explore transitions within a child’s daily life and how you can help them manage and adapt to change.
Discover strategies to facilitate interventions and assess their potential impact
As the world slowly emerges from the pandemic, parents, carers, and teachers are struggling to meet the challenges of supporting a COVID-impacted youth.
On this microcredential, you will further understand and learn how to enhance the mental wellbeing of children and young people, exploring relevant theories, research and strategies to put your new knowledge into practice.
You will learn a range of approaches and strategies so that you can be informed and able to evaluate which are appropriate in each individual context. You’ll also develop basic evaluation skills that will allow you to reflect on the potential impact of any interventions you implement.
How will this microcredential help to develop my career?
With the pandemic having affected the mental health of children and young people all over the country, it is more important than ever for those working in education, social care, and residential care to be able to support the mental wellbeing of young people.
By gaining a theoretical understanding of trauma, brain development, and attachment theory along with practical strategies to implement, you’ll be able to support young people’s mental wellbeing in a post-COVID world.
If you are a teacher, the new GTCS standards require teachers to be aware of the impact of trauma while also prioritising social and emotional wellbeing, so this microcredential will help you meet and exceed these standards.
How will I be assessed?
You will complete two separate parts of a summative assessment, each worth 50% of your final mark.
The first part is an academic poster in which you will be asked to summarise and critically evaluate key concepts from the course. The second is an assignment in which you will be asked to explain how you will apply or hypothetically apply the learning you’ve done on the course to your professional and/or personal setting.
What will I receive after completing this microcredential?
After you have submitted both parts of your assessments and they have been marked, you will receive a grade for your assessment.
Once you’ve successfully completed the microcredential, you’ll receive 10 Post Graduate level academic credits and a HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Record) from the University of Glasgow.