Required Training for this Role
In order to be a qualified education mental health practitioner (EMHP) you will need to complete a Graduate / Post Graduate Diploma training course that is commissioned by Health Education England (HEE). Currently the training courses for EMHPs are not accredited, but this is currently being actively investigated. Training courses are offered by a number of universities and training providers. Course titles vary. They typically consist of 64 days of university based training distributed over an academic year, up to 12 months in duration. Whilst in training as a EMHP you will be employed by a local mental health support team and spend the majority of your time in the service working with children and young people (CYP), parents / carers and education staff as part of your supervised practice.
The training is designed to develop the clinical competencies and knowledge in order to proficiently practice as an EMHP, as determined by the relevant national curriculum for the EMHP Programme. Specifically, to develop skills in assessment, low intensity evidence-based interventions alongside the core competencies required to work with CYP presenting with anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties. The EMHP will also learn about the way schools and colleges function, and acquire key skills in auditing and supporting whole school approaches within an educational setting. This is to help promote whole school change and participation. The programme will also focus upon understanding ways to adapt clinical practice with children, young people and parents/carers to accommodate diversity and increase access to evidence-based psychological therapies. A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon personal and professional development.
The EMHP role may develop further over time and it is also likely that an apprenticeship training route for EMHP will be developed in due course. EMHP training is a great opportunity for people without a degree but with relevant life experience, or for those who would like to make a career change and contribute to the local community.