Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health / Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health


Degree awarded:
  • M.Phil
  • M.Phil/Ph.D
  • M.Sc.CAMH
  • Ph.D
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Child Adolescent Mental Health
  • Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Field of interest:
  • Not Applicable
Entry requirements:

    General Regulations Governing Admission to Higher Degree Programmes

    • Candidates for admission to higher degree programmes shall normally be graduates of the University of Ibadan or other Universities/Institutions recognised by the Senate. Admission shall be made by the Postgraduate College on the recommendation of the appropriate Faculty Postgraduate Committee.
    • Candidates without any previous higher degrees in the relevant discipline may be admitted only to either the Degree of Master or the Professional Degree of Master.
    • Candidates with recognised “Research Higher” Degree in the relevant discipline may be admitted to the M.Phil or Ph.D. degree programmes as appropriate, on the recommendation of the appropriate Faculty Postgraduate Committee.
    • A candidate admitted to the degree of Master of University of Ibadan who obtained a weighted average mark of 55.0 – 59.9%, or a CGPA of between 4.0 and 4.9 may be offered provisional admission to the M.Phil./Ph.D programmes. Such candidates shall be assessed within three semesters of full time and four semesters of part time registration for the M.Phil/Ph.D to Ph.D conversion. This shall also apply to students who graduated from other universities.

    • All University of Ibadan graduates should be admitted to Postgraduate programme with the ordinary level criteria existing at the time their first admission. Candidate who did not fulfill the requirements as at the time of their admission are not eligible for consideration.
    • Special consideration may be given to candidates, who obtained their first degree not less than 20 years from the time of seeking admission to any postgraduate programmes. Such candidates must have been found to possess special skills or abilities and professionally or academically engaged during the period of 20 years.
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Our Postgraduate degree program in Child and Adolescent Mental Health provides students with specialized knowledge and skills to understand, assess, and intervene in the mental health needs of children and adolescents. The program combines theoretical foundations with practical training to equip professionals to work effectively in this specialized field. Here is an overview of the key components typically covered in a postgraduate degree program in Child and Adolescent Mental Health:

Child and Adolescent Development:

  • Examination of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of children and adolescents.
  • Understanding the developmental milestones and the impact of various factors on mental health.

Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents:

  • Study of common mental health disorders and behavioral problems experienced by children and adolescents.
  • Exploration of diagnostic criteria, assessment tools, and evidence-based interventions.

Assessment and Diagnosis:

  • Training in the assessment and diagnosis of mental health disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Learning about standardized assessment tools, clinical interviews, and observation techniques.

Evidence-Based Interventions:

  • Understanding evidence-based interventions and therapeutic approaches for treating mental health disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Exploration of cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, family therapy, and other therapeutic modalities.

Risk and Protective Factors:

  • Examination of the various risk and protective factors that contribute to mental health outcomes in children and adolescents.
  • Study of the impact of family dynamics, peer relationships, trauma, and socioeconomic factors.

Cultural and Diversity Considerations:

  • Understanding the influence of cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic factors on child and adolescent mental health.
  • Exploring culturally sensitive assessment and intervention strategies.

Prevention and Early Intervention:

  • Study of preventive measures and early intervention strategies to promote positive mental health in children and adolescents.
  • Exploration of school-based programs, community interventions, and resilience-building approaches.

Legal and Ethical Considerations:

  • Examination of legal and ethical issues specific to working with children and adolescents in mental health settings.
  • Understanding informed consent, confidentiality, mandated reporting, and professional boundaries.

Collaborative Approaches:

  • Training in collaborative approaches to working with families, schools, healthcare providers, and other professionals.
  • Understanding the importance of interdisciplinary teamwork and effective communication.

Research Methods and Evaluation:

  • Training in research methodologies relevant to child and adolescent mental health.
  • Understanding program evaluation, outcome measurement, and research ethics.

Professional Practice and Ethics:

  • Exploration of professional ethics, codes of conduct, and self-care strategies for mental health professionals.
  • Learning about ethical dilemmas, boundaries, and professional development.

Clinical Practicum:

  • Practical training in a supervised clinical setting to gain hands-on experience in assessing and treating children and adolescents.
  • Engaging in case management, treatment planning, and therapeutic interventions.

Few/Some of the Course Content

EMS 727Basic statistical procedures
CMH 709Clinical & research ethics issues in CAMH
CMH 711Practical community/ clinical attachment with research project preparation
CMH 712Psycho-pharmacology
CMH 713Service develoment in CAMH
CMH 714Maternal mental health
CMH 716Research project
CMH 707Child protection and legal considerations
CMH 708Educational & developmental assessments for children & adolescents
CMH 706Leadership for CAMH with advocacy, policy, training & service development
CMH 726Practical community & clinical attachment with long essays
CMH 724School mental health
CMH 725Ethical issues in child and adolescent mental health
CMH 721Introduction to psychological & social treatment methods in CAMH
CMH 722Development of CAMH policy & advocacy
CMH 723Legal protection & rights of children
CMH 718Introduction to the psychological assessment of children & adolescents
CMH 719Common disorders & syndromes in CAMH
CMH 720Integrating behavioural services into paediatric care settings
CMH 717Normal infant child & adolescent development
CMH 705Psychological & social treatment methods for child & adolescents
CMH 702Child & adolescent mental health assessment
CMH 703Psychiatric disorders in infants, children & adolescents

Entry Requirement


Career Path

Our postgraduate degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health opens up various career opportunities in the field of mental health, specifically focused on working with children and adolescents. Our Graduates can pursue careers in a range of settings, including clinical practice, research, education, and policy development. Here are some common career paths for individuals with a postgraduate degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health:

Child and Adolescent Therapist:

  • Provide individual, group, or family therapy to children and adolescents with mental health concerns.
  • Work in private practice, community mental health centers, hospitals, or schools.

School Counselor:

  • Offer counseling services to students in educational settings to address academic, social, and emotional needs.
  • Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to support students' mental well-being.

Child and Adolescent Psychologist:

  • Conduct psychological assessments, diagnosis, and evidence-based interventions for mental health disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Work in private practice, hospitals, clinics, or research settings.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist:

  • Diagnose and treat mental health disorders in children and adolescents using pharmacological interventions and therapy.
  • Work in hospitals, clinics, or private practice.


  • Conduct research on child and adolescent mental health, contributing to the development of knowledge and evidence-based practices.
  • Work in academic institutions, research organizations, or government agencies.

Program Coordinator or Manager:

  • Oversee and manage programs focused on child and adolescent mental health in community organizations, nonprofits, or government agencies.
  • Develop and implement initiatives to promote mental well-being, prevention, and early intervention.

Policy Advocate:

  • Advocate for policies and practices that improve the mental health support and services available to children and adolescents.
  • Work in government agencies, nonprofits, or advocacy organizations.

Clinical Supervisor:

  • Provide supervision and mentorship to mental health professionals working with children and adolescents.
  • Work in clinical settings, training institutions, or private practice.

School Psychologist:

  • Assess and support students' academic and social-emotional needs within a school setting.
  • Conduct psychological assessments, provide counseling, and collaborate with teachers and parents.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Consultant:

  • Provide consultation and guidance to organizations, schools, or agencies on promoting mental health and implementing effective interventions.
  • Offer training, program development, and policy recommendations.

Social Worker:

  • Provide counseling, advocacy, and case management services to children and families in need of support.
  • Work in child welfare agencies, healthcare settings, or community organizations.

Nonprofit or NGO Work:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of programs and services focused on child and adolescent mental health in nonprofit or non-governmental organizations.

Clinical Research Coordinator:

  • Coordinate and manage research studies focused on child and adolescent mental health, working closely with researchers and participants.

Academic or Educational Roles:

  • Teach and educate future mental health professionals as a faculty member or lecturer in universities or training institutions.
  • Develop and deliver educational programs for professionals, parents, and educators.

Crisis Intervention Specialist:

  • Provide immediate support and intervention in crisis situations involving children and adolescents experiencing mental health emergencies.
  • Work in crisis hotlines, hospitals, or community mental health centers.

The field offers opportunities to make a meaningful impact on the well-being of children and adolescents, and professionals can choose to specialize in specific areas based on their interests and expertise. Continuous professional development, licensure, and certification may be required to pursue some career paths in this field...



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