Child psychiatry


The Child Psychiatry course offers an in-depth exploration of the field of child and adolescent mental health. It equips students with a comprehensive understanding of the unique psychological and emotional needs of children and adolescents. The curriculum covers a range of topics, including developmental psychology, behavioral disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and therapeutic interventions. Students will gain insights into assessing and diagnosing mental health issues in young individuals, as well as effective treatment strategies and psychotherapeutic approaches. The course emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and ethical considerations in child psychiatry. Graduates will be prepared to work as child psychiatrists, mental health professionals, and advocates for the mental well-being of children and adolescents.

Our Child Psychiatry qualifications have been designed in collaboration with colleges, higher education institutions, and sector skills councils. They offer a pathway for individuals to progress to university degrees and cover Diploma Level- 3 to 7.

These qualifications provide the flexibility for learners to choose from a variety of optional units at each level. This allows them to specialize in specific areas while also gaining the essential core knowledge necessary for all managers or individuals.

  • Comprehend the concept of child mental health and its importance in holistic development.
  • Recognize prevalent mental health issues and obstacles encountered by children.
  • Acquire understanding of nutrition’s influence on child mental health.
  • Investigate methods to encourage emotional well-being and a mentally healthy lifestyle in children.
  • Study the significance of early intervention and preventive mental healthcare for children.
  • Explore the psychological and emotional growth of children.
  • Attain knowledge about typical mental health challenges in children and approaches for early support.
  • Learn about safety protocols and measures to prevent mental health crises in children.
  • Develop practical skills in handling mental health crises in children, including de-escalation techniques.
  • Examine the roles of parents, caregivers, and mental health professionals in promoting child mental health and resilience.
  • Cultivate awareness of ethical considerations and cultural sensitivity in child mental health.

Upon successful accomplishment of the Child Psychiatry program, individuals will be equipped with diverse career prospects spanning sectors dedicated to children’s mental well-being. Potential professional trajectories comprise child psychiatry specialist, pediatric mental health nurse, child psychiatric counselor, child psychotherapist, child mental health advocate, early childhood mental health educator, child mental health researcher, public mental health advocate, and child welfare coordinator.

Graduates can secure positions within mental health institutions, healthcare organizations, educational settings, research centers, non-profit organizations, government agencies, or opt for advanced studies in child psychiatry at the postgraduate level.

Course Details

Course Overview:

The Level 7- Post Graduate Diploma in Child Psychiatry is an advanced and specialized program designed to equip professionals with the highest level of expertise in child and adolescent mental health. This course focuses on in-depth knowledge and advanced clinical skills necessary for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of complex psychiatric disorders in young individuals. Students will engage in advanced research, clinical practice, and leadership development to prepare for leadership roles in child mental health.


The Level 7- Post Graduate Diploma in Child Psychiatry is equivalent to a postgraduate diploma or master’s degree in the UK. It signifies a pinnacle of academic and clinical proficiency in the field of child and adolescent mental health.

Course Contents:

The course content of the Level 7- Post Graduate Diploma in Child psychiatry typically covers a range of advanced topics. Here are the topics covered:

  • Advanced Child Psychotherapy Techniques
  • Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Cultural and Diversity Considerations in Child Psychiatry
  • Advanced Diagnostic Assessment in Child Psychiatry
  • Integrative Approaches in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Trauma-Informed Care and Complex Trauma Interventions
  • Ethics and Legal Issues in Child Psychiatry
  • Neuroscience of Adolescent Behavior and Mental Health
  • Complex Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Adolescents
  • Advanced Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry
  • Advanced Psychodynamic Approaches in Child Psychiatry
  • Leadership and Supervision in Child Mental Health Services
  • Child Psychiatry and Digital Health Innovations
  • Dissociative Disorders and Treatment Modalities
Assignment Criteria:

The qualification assessment criteria are based on assignments, but in order to pass, the learner must complete all of the unit’s learning requirements. At the completion of each unit, an interview will be held as proof that the work truly belongs to the learner.

Entry Requirements:

The specific entry requirements for the Level 7- Post Graduate Diploma in Child psychiatry include:

  • A minimum age requirement (e.g., 22 years old)
  • A complete Bachelor’s degree, UK level 6 diploma in Child psychiatry or an equivalent overseas qualification.
  • Completion of a MBBS degree or a related degree.
  • A demonstrated commitment to advancing the field of child and adolescent mental health through leadership, research, and clinical practice.
  • Strong foundational knowledge in advanced psychotherapy techniques, psychopharmacology, research methodologies, and ethical considerations in child psychiatry.
  • English language proficiency, demonstrated through language tests or previous education in an English-speaking environment.


Course Duration:

The qualification has recommended course duration of 2 years.

Note: However the course duration may be increased to meet additional learning needs if required.