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Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)

Author: The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

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We focus on bridging the gap between rigorous research and best practice relating to children's mental health. We hold a body of knowledge and act as information hub for sharing best practice to benefit all of those who work with children. Visit our website ( for a host of free evidence-based mental health resources.
96 Episodes
Ann discusses when challenging behaviour can be deemed as Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), and how to recognise it in an autistic child. Although PDA is not currently formally recognised as part of an autism diagnosis, there is growing evidence showing it can be included in an autism profile. Ann suggests strategies to try at home to help manage the behaviour, getting to the core of the behaviour and how to have conversations with teachers, schools and other institutions to support children.
In this podcast Dr. Maria Loades discusses Covid19 and its implications for young people’s mental health, the Rapid Systematic Review exploring the repercussions of the pandemic on social isolation and loneliness, together with her work on the IMPACT study. She also talks about her project to develop a school-based intervention in South-Africa for preventing anxiety and depression, through a CBT based approach, to be delivered by counsellors in classroom settings to young adolescents.
In her work Dr. Jessica Schleider tries to break down the barriers that prevent young people from reaching services, whilst providing accessible interventions to help reduce mental health problems that scale. She does this through her research, testing novel approaches to dissemination in non-traditional settings.
In this episode, Ann discusses different types of support that can be tailored to children with an autism diagnosis. A diagnosis can be a key for a parent, unlocking the right support for their child. They discuss interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness, and briefly music, art and occupational therapy.
In this podcast Dr. Andrew Beck talks about the changes he has seen in CAMHS and how it is being affected by the COVID19 pandemic, why CBT is his intervention of choice, and the reasons he advocates behavioural activation to improve the mood children and families during the COVID19 pandemic. Dr. Beck is the President Elect of BABCP, taking the position in July 2020 and he talks about his hopes for the future of the organisation including working in partnership with ACAMH.
Professor Sam Cortese discusses ADHD, research in relation to clinical decision-making in child and adolescent psychiatry, the importance of systematic reviews, and his work on the European ADHD Guidelines Group and its work on ADHD management during the covid-19 pandemic. Professor Cortese also talks his work as lead researcher for the collaborative outcome study on health and functioning during infection times, the COH-Fit Study. A transcript, with relevant links, is available from the ACAMH website ( Please do rate and review this podcast.
Assistant Professor Dr. Dienke Bos discusses neuroscience, and in particular neuroimaging. The interview looks at the typical development of behavioural control and how this is represented naturally, magnetic resonance imaging to monitor brain changes in relation to childhood development, and where the evidence is that early intervention can slow or reverse damage. Dr. Bos also talks about her research on longitudinal studies, how social emotional processing evolves from adolescence into early adulthood, and what's in the pipeline for her work.
Dr. Emily McGlinchey, and Dr. Joseph Morning discuss Harnessing Emotional Regulation Skills. They talk about how emotional regulation manifests in children and young people, together with the key strategies and interventions. There is advice and tips for parents, and a discussion about the role of education and what schools can do. Dr. McGlinchey explains the current research, key takeaways, and importance of putting the research into practice. This is further explained by Dr. Morning as he gives examples of his work at Verbal ( , and WellRead ( .
Dr Emma Sciberras discusses sleep and anxiety in ADHD, around 70% of children with ADHD will have sleep problems and anxiety can exacerbate ADHD symptoms.
Head of the mental health priority area at The Wellcome Trust ( Professor Miranda Wolpert MBE discusses areas of research the trust is working on.
Chair of the child and adolescent faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Dr Bernadka Dubicka talks to freelance journalist Jo Carlowe. They touch upon The IMPACT study (Improving Mood Promoting Access To Collaborative Treatment), the use of technology among children and young people, including the positives and negatives of social media, brief interventions and the growing landscape of clinicians using a blended approach, working remotely.
Episode 6 with Dr. Vicki Ford looks at food sensitivities and proclivities, how to build a healthy relationship with food whilst understanding the challenges for many autistic children.
Argyris' exiting research includes the effects of experience on mood and machine learning and bio-statistics discussed in this JCPP editorial. He also talks about The CoRonavIruS Health Impact Survey (CRISIS) an international project he's involved in to understand the coronavirus' impact on mental health.
Mia Eisenstadt discusses her current research on the stressors, risk and protective factors for mental health and wellbeing, how research informs mental health interventions and the important role of self care during the COVID-19 lockdown. She also expands on her work with HeadStart emphasising the importance of involving young people in research, decision making and campaigning.
Dr Farhana Mann gives a general overview of the landscape of loneliness and it impacts on children and young people. As an inherently social species, the two discuss how a lack positive social relationships can be potentially harmful, the impacts it has on psychical and mental health, research showing a higher rate of loneliness in areas of deprivation and the need for research to be conducted in younger populations.
Ann discusses anxiety in autistic children and young people, why mental health issues often go untreated and if depression presents differently in autism.
Professor Fox discusses the risk and preventative factors around mental health including the role of resilience, cognitive and effective flexibility, memory bias and negative bias. Also covered is her role in UKRI's Mental Health Research Matters network aiming to use multi-disciplinary approaches and encourage a national conversation on mental health.
In a wide ranging interview Professor Angelica Ronald discusses areas of her research including infant traits that predict later childhood behaviour, psychotic like experiences in adolescents, autism and co-occurring conditions, plus some exciting new developments in the areas of research methods.
Karen discusses areas of trauma and trauma enforcing models, parenting, adversity (ACE’s) and attachment, and using a range of creative therapeutic approaches with families.
In this podcast David and Simon look at the field of work relating to complex PTSD, and expand on the causes, explaining how it differentiates from standard PTSD. They discuss specific focus on looked after children, detailing how we can support them and mitigate the impacts in the group of, particularly prevalent young people.
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