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Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) are trained to assess and support children and young people (CYP) with common mental health difficulties, particularly mild to moderate anxiety, depression, and behavioural difficulties. They have completed a year of specific training and supervised experience to qualify for the role. They offer a range of Low Intensity interventions, primarily in a school or college setting, that are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and guided self-help.
They aim to help children and young people and their parents or carers to self-manage their own recovery in groups or in one-to-one meetings. EMHPs - in conjunction with the wider mental health support team (MHST) - also support the delivery of school-wide interventions to enhance children and young people’s wellbeing in education settings. EMHPs usually work within Mental Health Support Teams. If they are on our Register they have shown that they meet high standards of training and clinical work, and they work in a service that meets NHS expectations.