Advanced Diploma in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Children and adolescents comprise more than 57% of the population of Uganda. In this age group, there is a very high prevalence of epilepsy, hearing, language and visual impairment and learning disability. Combined with the effects of HIV, war, child abuse, domestic violence, alcohol and drug misuse and poverty, the country carries a heavy burden of child mental health problems. Currently, few children with mental health problems are identified and referred for treatment. Many are hidden away or abandoned and the burden for their families is considerable. There are very few professionals in Uganda with specialist training in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. The failure to identify and treat children increases the proportion of adults with mental disorders as well as family breakdown, substance misuse, crime and violence.
The Advanced Diploma in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ADipCAMH) is a two year specialist training programme. The programme equips the trainees with knowledge and clinical skills to develop and provide child and adolescent mental health services in urban and rural areas of Uganda.
The aim of this curriculum is to train specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health professionals with knowledge and skills in identification, assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with mental health problems.
Applicants to the ADipCAMH programme shall be holders of a Diploma or higher qualification. In addition, they will have the following: