Education – RKBU North

Education – RKBU North

RKBU North's continuing and further education courses are suitable for those who work with children, adolescents and families in their job.

Visit the main education webpage written in Norwegian. This English page is a summary translated in co-operation with AI.

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy, stage 1, 30 ECTS (Studiepoeng)

Further education course designed for employees in local services to help them give quick mental health support to children and young people before their problems become too serious. The course lasts for three semesters.

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy, stage 2, 30 ECTS (Studiepoeng)

Further education (after completed stage 1) where the students have the chance to go deeper into various topics and issues the services face when working with children and adolescents. This include specialisation in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depression, ADHD/behavioural difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, sleep problems, school refusal, eating disorder, as well as group-based interventions and the use of technological tools (VR). There will also be a focus on skills training and guidance related to the students' own practice at their workplace.

  • Child welfare continuing education, 30 ECTS (Studiepoeng)

Further education in colleague-based supervision designed to train candidates who have a high level of professional knowledge and experience in child welfare. They will use this expertise to guide new colleagues through ethically and professionally challenging processes. The aim of the supervision is to ensure and further develop the quality of child welfare analyses, assessments, and practices, and to strengthen the competence and confidence of newly qualified or newly appointed staff in their professionalism. The supervisor education will provide candidates with knowledge and skills to develop and maintain the professional growth of new employees and contribute to a professional socialisation that promotes confidence and professional development. . 

  • Professional conversations with children, 10 ECTS (Studiepoeng)

The further education covers theory and methods for structured, dialogue-based conversations with children in various professional contexts.  The teaching includes practical exercises in dialogue-based conversations with children that serve investigative or developmental support purposes. This is related to health, social, or educational contexts. Students learn how to include children in assessments, evaluations, and planning of development and support measures within schools, child welfare, and health services, and link this to theories about the importance of predictability and influence on children's mental health and development.

  • Children and mental health 0-12 years, 10 ECTS (Studiepoeng)

The course aims to introduce students to preventive and health-promoting work targeted at children aged 0-12 years. Lectures will be provided on relevant topics related to infants, toddlers, school-aged children, and parents. The further education is well-suited for professionals with experience working with children, for example, from schools, nurseries, health services, or child protection services.

  • Group training series in The Incredible Years

The continuing education aims to train professionals to guide and teach parents through a programme for parents of children aged 3-12 years, where the children are at risk of, showing signs of, or have developed behavioural difficulties. The students get skills to work with parents/guardians in groups and to strengthen their ability in positive interactions between adults and children, by preventing behavioural issues or assisting in the treatment of children's behavioural problems. The purpose is also to help the child to develop social skills and the ability to regulate emotions. The education provides practical training in Carolyn Webster-Stratton's parenting guidance programme 'The Incredible Years'. The continuing education focus on the connection between theory, knowledge, and skills to be able to perform the group leader role. The principles and programme elements of The Incredible Years are research-based, and the training programmes are built on these principles.

RKBU North also offers courses, webinars, thematic days and conferences.


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Further and continuing education