Short courses
Health & Social Care

Advancing Assessment in Infant Mental Health*

University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development:

  • Limited HEENE-funded places are available for eligible applicants (you must check this with admissions before applying).
  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

Course information

Part-time

  • 10 weeks

More part-time details

  • 20 Credits, Master's Level
  • Enrolment date: January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176384110
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants:
  • Limited funded places available

Contact details

Further information

This award is for you if you have an active interest in promoting positive infant mental health and wellbeing. You explore the current political context and drivers focusing on strengthening lifelong health and wellbeing in the early years.

You consider applied physiology in early childhood linked to promoting positive health experiences. You discuss the foundations of health for infants and children with particular emphasis on established, responsive relationships, safe, supportive environments and appropriate nutrition. You also reflect on caregiver and community capacities to support the mental health development of infants and children. And you appraise safe and effective collaborative practice in promoting infant mental health and wellbeing.

The award develops your knowledge and understanding of the skills required to promote safe and effective practice in infant mental health and wellbeing.

Award content includes:

  • contemporary policy and drivers related to the promotion of infant mental health and wellbeing
  • anatomy and physiology of infant brain development and physiological responses to disturbances or adaptations
  • promoting social, emotional and cognitive development in infants
  • the role of caregivers in promoting positive infant mental health
  • assessment of caregiver capacity in promoting positive mental health in their infant
  • evidence based approaches to promoting positive infant mental health
  • the role of the community in promoting positive infant mental health and wellbeing
  • safeguarding children and adults
  • IT skills
  • communication skills
  • collaborative working in promoting positive infant mental health and wellbeing, specifically focusing upon attachment, bonding, behavioural assessment, recognition of disorder and referral
  • safe and effective practice by adhering to professional codes of conduct.

Centre for Professional and Excellence Development, Darlington Campus

How you learn

The award is delivered through blended learning – promoting student-centred learning and enabling you to complete the theoretical components of the award in a flexible approach. All elearning materials are hosted on the elearning@tees student portal which also includes additional information, teaching materials and direction to valuable resources and pre-reading materials. There is 24-hour access to IT services and the library to support you in your learning experience. Within the in-class sessions, you come together to explore the theoretical elements in depth. You discuss the practical application of theory to practice. You reflect on your own experiences, promoting shared knowledge and understanding.
Over the 10-week period, you engage in elearning guided materials, four in-class days and self-directed learning. In week six, you complete the formative assessment in preparation for your final summative assessment submission in week 10.
Each in-class day is six hours long, totalling 24 hours over the duration of the award. There is also 16 hours of facilitated learning (through elearning) to accompany the theory covered within the module. We also expect you to complete 160 hours of self-directed learning.

The award is taught by staff with an interest and expertise in this area, including practitioners currently working within this area.

How you are assessed

Formative feedback regarding your progress is provided throughout the module through seminars, practical sessions and tutorials. The formative assessment involves the submission of a 400-word plan for your assignment in week six of the module.

Summative assessment comprises a 4,000 word assignment (100%) and a critical and in-depth evaluation of the assessment processes involved in a case study chosen from practice. If you are unable to identify a case, a case study is provided. The case chosen will be negotiated with the module leader. A critical analysis of the assessment tools/models/approaches should be included, recognising and arguing for areas of quality improvement. This is submitted in week ten.

Entry requirements

You must be working in an environment where the delivery of care and support to promote infant mental health is involved and you must have evidence of previous successful study at degree level within the previous five years.

* Subject to University approval

Course information

Part-time

  • 10 weeks

More part-time details

  • 20 Credits, Master's Level
  • Enrolment date: January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176384110
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants:
  • Limited funded places available

Contact details

Further information