Mental Health Problems and Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties - SEBDA 2

Module codes: ED7128, ED7129

Module co-ordinator: TBC

This option is for professionals who work with children and young people who are experiencing social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in mainstream and special schools, pupil referral units, care or other settings. It builds on the skills and understanding developed in SEBDA 1 and looks in more depth at issues relating to mental health and well being.

You will have the opportunity to reflect on your practice and network with colleagues from other settings, as well as gaining a better understanding of the needs of children and young people who may develop mental health problems and of how to respond to those needs.

This is the only programme in the UK endorsed by SEBDA, the Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association.

Topics covered

  • Child development
  • Theoretical approaches
  • Attachment theory
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Self harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Managing anger
  • Assessment tools


The SEBDA programmes are blended learning modules which make full use of Blackboard, the University’s virtual learning environment to create an online academic community and include:

  • Compulsory attendance at the introductory residential weekend - 14-15 October 2016
  • A study day in March
  • Engagement with structured and interactive online Study Units
  • Online discussions with fellow students
  • An online reflective journal
  • Private study and further reading
  • Small scale action research in the student’s workplace
  • Online tutor support


Semester 1

  • Review of literature (30%)
  • Reflective journal (20%)
  • Case study (50%)

Semester 2

  • Review of literature (30%)
  • Reflective journal (20%)
  • Special Study - a small scale work-based study of a strategy or strategies used to support CYP (50%)