In the past few months we made the Mental Health Adviser applications process clearer and more comprehensive. We also updated our CPD and Supervision Guidelines.
Criteria and Requirements
· Assess and respond to the support needs of university students with mental health conditions to facilitate the management of their mental health and academic studies
· Provide practical individual and/or group support to students with mental health difficulties to help them to manage their mental health and academic studies
· Refer and signpost to university-based and external support services and liaise with specialist services where required
· Assess risk and be involved in co-ordinated responses to crisis situations involving students
· Promote equality, inclusion and the rights of those with mental health conditions studying in Higher Education
· Deliver staff training and/or consultation on issues relating to support for students with mental health difficulties
· Promote student mental health through campaigns and initiatives
· Research and implement strategies and systems, including reasonable adjustments, to facilitate the inclusion of students with mental health difficulties into the University
· Planning and implementation of risk management processes.
Minimum 30 hrs CPD per year (same for both PT and FT workers)
Comprised of 6 varying CPD activities (e.g. two workshop, two pieces of reading, a conference and a blog post)
Outcomes based, not prescriptive with regards activities
Employers should allow members time to engage in CPD activities. Individual members have responsibility to commit personal time where this cannot be complete during working hours without significantly compromising service delivery.
All members must engage in regular individual or group [clinical] supervision
Full-time members (35 hours or more): minimum 1.5 hours per month totalling 18 hours a year
Part-time (35 hours or less): minimum 1 hour per month totalling 12 hours a year
If there are periods of time during which a member is supporting very few or no students, or if student facing work is only a small portion of full time work load, we may accept a reduction or break in supervision pending a supervisors report.
Supervisors must hold current registration with a DSA-QAG approved body. They cannot have achieved this through Route 1 or 2. They do not need to be a Mental Health Advisor or Mentor. To reduce the cost associated with supervision members may wish to engage in peer supervision.
Group peer supervision: at least half of those present must have achieved eligibility with a DSA-QAG approved body through means other than Route 1 or 2.
Individual peer supervision: where a mentor who has achieved membership through Route 1 or 2 is engaged in individual supervision with a peer, only the Route 1 or 2 mentor can use this to meet UMHAN supervision requirements.
If you would like to apply to UMHAN please download the application form at the bottom of the page!
If you are a Specialist Mentor please see here to find out how to apply as a Specialist Mentor.
UMHAN memberships costs £90 per year.