Just Faking It?: Exploring issues of the mind and body underlying somatising disorders
Friday 3 February 2017
Hilton Southampton, Bracken Place, Chilworth, SO16 3RB
Somatic symptoms can be distressing and have a negative impact on day-to-day life. When the amount of distress that is experienced and the degree to which functioning is affected seem disproportionate or when no medical explanation for these symptoms can be found, management and treatment of these difficulties becomes infinitely more complex.
Covering a wide range of topics, this conference explores key issues in our understanding and management of young people with somatisation disorders.
This conference is suitable for those working with children and young people in primary care, education, social care and youth-based services as well as those working in both physical and mental health.
Content covered during the day includes:
· A look back at the concept of hysteria, its changing meaning and its fit in modern day psychiatry;
· An exploration of the complex issues encountered when navigating the interfaces between somatisation and safeguarding;
· An overview of the evidence base for treating functional symptoms as well as the skills needed for engaging young people with assessment and treatment of these;
· Examination of non-attendance at school and how this is understood;