Introducing ACAMH

We would like to introduce to you ACAMH: The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Their vision:
“Sharing best evidence, improving practice. We aspire for ACAMH to become a major portal, access point for anyone seeking the most expertly digested understanding and interpretations of the best evidence available”

ACAMH has many interesting upcoming events – follow the links below to learn more:

Child and adolescent mental health: what have we learnt during the Covid-19 pandemic? Looking back, Looking forward

18 Mar 2021, LIVE STREAM,  A 2-Day National Conference
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Predicting Complex PTSD in Foster Care – CAMHS around the Campfire

29 Mar 2021, LIVE STREAM, An Informal Journal Club
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The evolution and challenge of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): A modular solution to intervention

29 Apr 2021, LIVE STREAM, A 2-day training
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ADHD in CYP with autism, and pharmacological treatment – CAMHS around the Campfire

25 May 2021, An Informal Journal Club
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More Interesting Events from Healthcare Conferences UK

They are pleased to offer a 10% discount with the code ‘hcuk10pmha

Reducing and improving the use of Restrictive Interventions & Practice: Managing Acute Disturbance, Violence and Aggression

WEDNESDAY 24 FEB 2021. VIRTUAL, Online

This virtual conference will focus on reducing restrictive interventions in line with national guidance and ensuring adherence to the National NICE Quality Standard on Violence and Aggression. This focus on reducing restrictive practice is particularly important in light of COVID-19 where mental health services have reported spikes in incidents of physical restraint or seclusion on patients, driven by covid-19 restrictions (HSJ 5th June 2020).
For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/restrictive-interventions-practice 
or email kate@hc-uk.org.uk
Follow the conference on Twitter #reducingrestrictivepractice
Core skills for practitioners working with Children and Young People’s anxiety, depression, & traumatic symptoms: A Modular Approach

WEDNESDAY 24 FEB 2021. VIRTUAL, Online

The Masterclass will present the Hope for Children and Families (HfCF) modular approach to developing core therapeutic skills to work with: the most common forms of mental health problems in childhood: anxiety, depression, and traumatic symptoms : the over-lapping mental health responses to the stressful and traumatic responses to COVID-19 and its impact on children and young people’s lives. Practitioners in all social care, health, education/schools and youth justice settings who need to develop their skills in working with children and young people who have problems with their mental health should attend this masterclass.
For further information and to book your place visit
https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/virtual-online-courses/cyp-depression-modular-approach 
or email kate@hc-uk.org.uk
Reducing the Harmful effects of exposure to Domestic Violence & Abuse on Children and Young People

MONDAY 1 MAR 2021. VIRTUAL, Online

This CPD certified masterclass will consider the role of toxic stress and trauma in the pathway to interpersonal violence between parents, and the climate of violence which harms the mental health and development of children and young people. A trauma-informed model of identification, risk assessment, protection and modular intervention will be outlined to reduce the harmful effects of Domestic Violence and Abuse.  The masterclass will also cover the Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) approach – a program, organization, or system that realises the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; and responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices. 
For further information and to book your place visit
https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/domestic-violence-children-young-people  
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Core skills for practitioners working with Children and Young People’s disruptive and challenging behaviour: A Modular Approach

WEDNESDAY 3 MAR 2021. VIRTUAL, Online

This masterclass can be attended as a stand alone course, or to complement attendance at Core skills for practitioners working with Children and Young People’s anxiety, depression, and traumatic symptoms with the same facilitators and modular approach. Practitioners in social care, health, education and youth justice who need to develop their skills in working with children and young people who present with disruptive and challenging behaviour in the home, community and residential contexts should attend this virtual masterclass.
For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/cyp-disruption-modular-approach 
or email kate@hc-uk.org.uk
Decision making using the Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework

THURSDAY 4 MAR 2021. VIRTUAL, Online

This virtual masterclass, facilitated by Fay Berry and Stephen Pizzey, explores decision making in complex child protection and safeguarding cases using the Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework (SAAF).  Experienced professionals with responsibility for making or contributing to assessments of children and families where there are ongoing safeguarding concerns, including staff in children’s social care, CAMHS, health, education, police, probation, expert witnesses, children’s guardians and independent social workers should attend this masterclass.
For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/safeguarding-children-framework 
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Masterclass: Safeguarding Children Level 3 – NHS Level 4

FRIDAY 12 MAR 2021. VIRTUAL, Online

The course will explore child protection conferences, preparing child protection plans and the role of core groups to ensure the best outcomes for children at risk of harm. You will have the opportunity to take part in a simulated Case Conference based on a detailed case study.The aim of the course is that you will have a clear understanding of the assessment and decision-making processes and a sound grasp of the principles and processes for effective collaboration. You will also gain skills in preparing for the Case Conference including how to write a formal report, identifying what is and what isn’t evidence-based information and how to challenge decisions.
For further information and to book your place visit
https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/masterclass-safeguarding-children-level-3-nhs-level-4 
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Therapeutic work with children and young people suffering child sexual abuse and exploitation

WEDNESDAY 17 MAR 2021. VIRTUAL, Online

This Masterclass programme, facilitated by Dr Arnon Bentovim and Carol Jolliffe, will help practitioners working in social care, health, education and youth justice to deliver effective therapeutic work with children subject to sexual abuse and exploitation. The Masterclass will present the Hope for Children and Families modular approach to developing core therapeutic skills to work with the most common forms of sexual abuse currently recognised including sexual abuse perpetrated in the family and family environment, and sexual exploitation of vulnerable children and young people, in institutional contexts, on-line, and in gangs.Practitioners in social care, health, education and youth justice who need to develop their skills in working with children and young people who have been sexually abused and exploited should attend.
For further information and to book your place visit
https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/therapy-child-abuse 
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Facilitating Effective Assessment of Children

TUESDAY 23 MAR 2021. VIRTUAL, Online

This virtual masterclass, facilitated by David Glasgow and Bill Joyce, will update delegates on principles of child assessment and include, and train, attendees in the use of This Much!, which is a simple to use but very effective app for eliciting information from children on any topic. It is based on well-established assessment procedures, but is interactive, allowing children to rate people, places, experiences, and sensations using an easily customised scale. The course includes a licensed copy of This Much! for Mac or Windows, which will form the basis of hands-on learning on how to use this tool. 
For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/covid-assessment-children  
or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk
Eating Disorders Summit 2021: Improving Access, Treatment & Recovery Outcomes

WEDNESDAY 24 MAR 2021. VIRTUAL, Online

The NHS Long Term Plan has demonstrated a commitment to improve support and treatment for people with eating disorders. This conference focuses on making that plan a reality through developing services for Eating Disorders: improving access, treatment and recovery outcomes, and meeting the national standards for children, young people and adult services.There is an extended focus this year on Eating Disorders in boys and men with Beat estimating they account for 25% of all eating disorders. You will hear from James who has lived experience in eating disorders, and from a service working to reduce stigma and improve outcomes for boys and men with eating disorders. The conference will also update delegates on the FREED Service and early intervention “The investment in the early intervention – First Episode Rapid Early Intervention for Eating Disorders (FREED) – service is part of the NHS Long Term Plan commitment to provide an additional £1 billion a year by 2023/24 to expand and improve community mental health care so adults, including those with an eating disorder, can get earlier access to care, as close to home as possible.” NHS England November 2020
For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/eating-disorders  
or email nicki@hc-uk.org.uk
Follow the conference on Twitter #EatingDisorders2021
If you have any events related to Paediatric Mental health you would like us to tell people about, send us an email.

Updates to the programme for the PMHA Annual Meeting

We’ve updated the programme for the PMHA Annual Meeting, adding an exciting new talk to the already fantastic line up.

Interactive Session 1: COVID and mental health-impact and recovery.
Dr Max Davie, Consultant Community Paediatrician, Lambeth Community & Dr Rory Conn, Consultant Child & Adolescent Liaison Psychiatrist, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

This interesting and extremely topical session will take place in the afternoon of the second day (Friday January 29th) between 13.30 and 14.15.

The PMHA’s Annual Winter meeting will take place online this year over the two days of Thursday 28th and Friday 29th January – the end of this month.

You can see the full programme for the meeting here.

And you can register to attend here.

Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry Special Interest Group Annual Meeting

In case you missed our post, here’s a reminder about an event taking place next week. Registration closes at 9am on Sunday 6th December.

Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility: Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry SIG Conference

7th December 2020
Watch live or on demand

The UK has one of the lowest minimum ages of criminal responsibility (MACR) in the world, with the age being set at 10 years old in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 12 in Scotland (having increased from 8 in 2019).  These low ages are inconsistent with current neuroscientific knowledge regarding brain maturation and has led to the UK being singled out for criticism by the United Nations, which issued a General Comment in 2019 stating that the minimum age of criminal responsibility should be at least 14 years old. 

The topic received further media coverage last week (see links below), following the release of the Justice Committee report on Young People and Youth Justice which called on the Government to review the current minimum age or provide justification for not doing this by February 2021. 

The purpose of this conference is to explore the issues behind criminal responsibility including current evidence regarding brain maturation, international approaches to setting minimum ages and alternative non-criminal disposal options for those who commit risky offences below the minimum age of criminal responsibility. It is hoped that participants will come from a wide range of backgrounds so that a full range of views can be heard during the discussions

 The study day will help inform the planned Royal College Position Statement of the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility.

Click here for further information and to register

Call for Abstracts for Poster Presentations

PMHA Annual Meeting ONLINE on the 28th and 29th January 2021

The Paediatric Mental Health Association invites trainees in Paediatrics, Psychiatry, General Practice, and Emergency Medicine to submit abstracts for our Annual Winter Meeting. 

The PMHA Annual Winter Meeting, taking place virtually on the 28th and 29th of January 2021, attracts speakers and delegates from a wide range of specialties to discuss the latest research and updates in Child Mental Health.

This year’s meeting will feature a trainee-led virtual poster session in which trainees can present their audits, research, or quality improvement projects. This year, we are welcoming abstracts related to the interface between physical and mental health. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work in the area of child mental health and to share best practice with interested professionals from around the country. Three abstracts will also be selected for oral presentation on Day Two of the meeting (29th January). 

To submit an abstract, please click here to download an abstract template then fill it in and submit it to PMHAtrainees@gmail.com.

Please submit your abstracts to us by December 13th at the latest. Your abstract will be reviewed by members of the PMHA Executive Committee and you will be notified of acceptance by the 18th of December.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and to welcoming you to our meeting in January!

Sir Norman Lamb, Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, has agreed to record a talk for the ONLINE 2-day PMHA Annual Meeting

Join us on Friday 29th January 2021 to hear what he has to say

You can book for the PMHA annual meeting here https://pmha-uk.org/the-pmha-annual-winter-meeting/

About the CYPMHC:

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“The vision of CYPMHC is for all infants, children and young people to grow up in a society that prioritises, invests in, listens and attends to their mental health and wellbeing. We are working towards building a nation where positive mental health is promoted and early intervention practices are in place to secure mentally healthier futures for our children and young people.

We see mental health as everyone’s business. When one of us is in distress, there are implications for everyone: lost potential, unemployment and crime are just some of the consequences.

We want the Government to hear what we have to say and to put our ideas into practice. We would like ministers, commissioners and everyone who makes decisions relating to children and young people to note that promoting positive mental health, preventing mental ill health, and intervening early when problems arise requires cross-government action.

We do not represent any one organisation, approach, or professional group but rather we engage with our members and come together to provide a strong unified voice speaking out about children and young people’s mental health.”

Please click on the link below for more information

https://cypmhc.org.uk

RSM Webinar

How to build a brain: From infancy to adolescence – Part 1

Date: Tuesday 27 Oct 2020
Time: 5:00pm to 7:10pm,
£10 – £40

This is the first part of a two-part webinar series that will provide an overview of both normal and abnormal brain development across a wide range of topics that are relevant to anyone working with infants, children and young people.

During this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand developmental ‘red flags’ 
  • Develop an insight into common neurological conditions that present in childhood, including movement disorders and childhood epilepsy 
  • Explore how cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques allow us to describe normal structural brain development 
  • Gain insights into current topics in neuroimaging 
  • Explore the MDT approach to managing children and adolescents with chronic neurodisability 
  • Gain insight into what features of neurodevelopment are important to parents and young people

Join a panel of clinicians and academics who are experts in their fields. Topics covered will focus on the MDT management of common neurological conditions in childhood, including emergency presentations. At this webinar, expand your understanding of the normal brain development as a window and to understand what happens when things go wrong.

During this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand developmental ‘red flags’ 
  • Develop an insight into common neurological conditions that present in childhood, including movement disorders and childhood epilepsy 
  • Explore how cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques allow us to describe normal structural brain development 
  • Gain insights into current topics in neuroimaging 
  • Explore the MDT approach to managing children and adolescents with chronic neurodisability 
  • Gain insight into what features of neurodevelopment are important to parents and young people

Key Speakers:

Dr Dennis Grigoratos
Consultant Paediatrician, Princess Royal University Hospital, King’s College NHS Trust

Dr Max Davie
Community Paediatrician and RCPCH Officer for Health Promotion, Evelina London Children’s Hospital

Click here for more information and to book

Upcoming Event: Enhancing young people’s mental wellbeing through digital technology

Delivered via Zoom
On the 6th November, from 09.30am – 12.30pm
From £30pp, includes CPD certificate.
 

Next month, the Oxford and Reading ACAMH Branch are offering an online event titled ‘Enhancing young people’s mental wellbeing through digital technology’.

“Now more than ever we need to be considering the impact of digital media on the mental health of young people, both positive and negative, and how we can support them. We will discuss the key challenges faced in relation to child and adolescent mental health in the fast-paced digital environment.

Dr. Amy Orben, Dr. Ann Oszivadjian, Professor Pete Etchells, and Mary Jane Stroud look at how digital tech affects well-being, an autism app, gaming, and the impact of digital media on the mental health of young people, both positive and negative, and how we can support them.

Click below to read more or to book a place:
Full details.

Ourtime: resources for professionals talking to children about parental mental illness

Our Time helps young people dealing with parental mental illness. We make sure they get the support they need and have their voices heard.

This website has a lot of resources for Parents, Young People, Schools and Professionals

To find out more, click on the link below:

https://ourtime.org.uk/suitability-resources/professionals/

PAEDIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH: A NURSE’S PERSPECTIVE

CCCU BSc Child Nursing alumna Kim Cunningham discusses the unique mental health care needs of children, and her experience as a hospital lead for the ‘We Can Talk’ initiative.

I studied paediatric nursing at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and during my time as a student nurse I came across lots of children and young people with mental illness admitted onto the paediatric ward. Quite often they were just there for a short time, whilst assessed and discharged back to the community. However, sometimes those with more complex mental health needs, their admission stays were for a few days and sometimes weeks, whilst awaiting an inpatient bed.

https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/health-and-wellbeing/nursing-midwifery-social-work/child-nursing/paediatric-mental-health-nurse-perspective.aspx