Module details for Guidance Teachers CPD


This module provides guidance teachers with the knowledge and skills required to respond effectively to mental health challenges in schools’ contexts, through brief intervention, assessment and appropriate referral.


The aim of this short course is to provide students with an understanding of mental health challenges for young people, the contextual factors which impact on supporting young people with mental health and behavioural challenges in schools, the variety of approaches and responses available to support mental health in young people, and the role of counselling within the school system.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Be able to respond to a young person’s needs by appropriately opening and closing a conversation around sensitive topics or emotional well-being

2.  Be able to recognise and respond to signs of common mental health problems and challenges in young people

3.  Apply an understanding of child and adolescent development, and familial and socio-cultural context when supporting children

4.  Work effectively within the school support systems and with agencies out-with the school to the child’s best interests

5.  Apply appropriate boundaries & confidentiality, and work within professional, legal and ethical frameworks, and apply an understanding of child protection issues and processes

6.  Reflect on personal experience, learning and development and use this awareness to monitor and adapt to professional demands in a supporting role

Indicative Content

1 Theories and models of counselling used in CYP

2 Mental Health in young people, common problems and presentations

3 Professional, legal and child protection issues

4 Risk management and reporting

5 Working within the Schools context, multidisciplinary teams

6 Personal resilience and self-care

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 21
Practical Activity 15
Assessment 40
Independent 124
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.