Advanced Diploma in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

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.

Aim

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.

Programme Objectives

  1. To equip trainees with knowledge and skills to prevent psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents and to promote awareness and understanding of child mental health.
  2. To equip trainees with knowledge and skills to identify, assess and treat children and adolescents with mental health problems.
  3. To equip trainees with skills and attitudes needed to support families of children and adolescents with mental health problems, to improve their parenting and ability to cope with the challenges they face.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the ADipCAMH programme shall be holders of a Diploma or higher qualification. In addition, they will have the following:

  1. UCE certificate with at least 5 credits
  2. UACE Certificate with one principal pass and two subsidiaries or its equivalent qualification from a recognised university/institution.
  1. Evidence of a special interest and/or prior experience of working with children and adolescents.
  1. The trainee must be able to commit time to study and to undertake clinical work with children on a weekly basis at their workplace throughout the programme.
  1. They should demonstrate basic IT skills