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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 (https://www.acamh.org/) for a host of free evidence-based mental health resources.
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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.
In light of the current coronavirus pandemic this is a special edition about helping children with autism during this time of great upheaval. In this edition of ‘Autism, a parents guide’ Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian is joined by special guest Dr. Marianna Murin, and interviewed by freelance journalist Jo Carlowe. Ann and Marianna discuss issues that may arise for autistic children including the disruption of closing schools, anxiety and obsessive behaviours. They focus on practical tips like how to help manage anxiety, maintain structure and support and explain the situation to young people. Additionally, tips on how to keep well as a parent and reliable sources for coronavirus updates. We are delighted to that this podcast series for parents is supported by the Autism Diagnostic Practice at Clinical Partners (https://www.clinical-partners.co.uk/child-adolescents/autistic-spectrum-disorders) . Working nationwide with only the most experienced consultants, Clinical Partners ensures you get the best ASD diagnosis and help tailored specifically to your child, as fast as possible. Discover more.  (https://www.clinical-partners.co.uk/child-adolescents/autistic-spectrum-disorders)
Dr. Jon Goldin Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, working at Great Ormond Street Hospital discusses child mental health in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. How do we cut through the noise and focus on the facts? How can parents be better informed in relation to their child’s mental health? What does the situation mean for mental health professionals and their ways of working? Plus tips on self-care. Jon is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, working at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) since 2002 as Head of the Mildred Creak Unit. He is also Specialty Lead in the Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (DCAMH) and is Vice Chair of the Child and Adolescent Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Discussion on the prevalence of autism in girls and the challenges faced. Whether girls get treated differently to boys and what interventions and support are most beneficial.
When a pupil can’t attend class in person, AV1 takes their place. AV1 is the distance learning avatar that makes it possible for children and young adults with long-term illness to take part at school via an app on their phone or tablet. Hear from Cath Kitchen, Head Teacher and Project Manager for the DoE AV1 project, and Zoe Johnson 'Zobot', as they explain the details to ACAMH freelance journalist Jo Carlowe. You can see this interview, and 'Zobot' in action, on our website. (https://www.acamh.org/freeview/how-can-a-robot-help-your-mental-health/) Learn more about AV1 at the No Isolation website (https://www.noisolation.com/uk/av1/) .
Ann and Marianna look at a strength-based model for autism, what types of strengths can be built upon and who can play a key role in helping and empowering children and young people with autism.
Olga draws from her research to highlight the importance of awareness and depression in relation to neurodevelopmental problems with a specific focus on ADHD. They also discuss irritability, how it manifests, when it's an issue and new research showing an increased likelihood of developing depression symptoms later in life.
In this podcast series 'Autism, a parents guide' Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian discusses autism with freelance journalist Jo Carlowe. Episode 1 looks at 'Identifying Autism - getting the right diagnosis', and Ann looks at the types and behaviours in children that may get parents/carers to question if their child could be autistic, and what they can do to. We are delighted to that this podcast series for parents is supported by the Autism Diagnostic Practice at Clinical Partners (https://www.clinical-partners.co.uk/child-adolescents/autistic-spectrum-disorders) . Working nationwide with only the most experienced consultants, Clinical Partners ensures you get the best ASD diagnosis and help tailored specifically to your child, as fast as possible. Discover more. (https://www.clinical-partners.co.uk/child-adolescents/autistic-spectrum-disorders)
Fiona Duffy explains IPT and how it differs from CBT. They touch upon interpersonal risk and maintaining factors, and how the therapy has been adapted for children and young people. Fiona mentions exciting research and trials as well as her and her peer's paper in CAMH.
The two discuss how conceptions of mood disorders have changed throughout Gordana's career, shockingly Gordana mentions whilst in training it was thought that children were unable to get depressed. As a pioneer, involved in setting up the mood disorder clinic in the Maudsley Hospital, developing a specialist service for treating depressive disorders and bipolar disorders in children Gordana highlights how conceptions have changed. They continue to discuss the increase of prevalence and causes, the role of medication, it's limitations and concerns and differentiating between a quiet child and a depressed child.
Dan and freelance journalist Jo Carlowe discuss trauma-informed care, the impact of the ACE's framework on clinical practice and government policy and the difference between adversity and trauma.
Professor Lucy Bowes, Magdalen College, University of Oxford, and Head of the oRANGE Lab (https://www.orangelaboxford.com/) , discusses her research on early life stress in relation to psychological and behavioural development, the impact of bullying in adolescents, together with exciting developments with virtual reality.
Ramya Mohan discusses CAPE (Creative Arts for Processing Emotion), the interactive and practical method combining neuroscience and the creative arts, as a therapeutic technique.
Ian Hamilton, Associate Professor of Addiction at the University of York, discusses the impact that substance use can have on a young person's mental health. Ian wrote the ACAMH Topic Guide on Addiction and Substance Use (https://www.acamh.org/topic/addiction/) . He is a lecturer in mental health in the Department of Health Sciences, with an interest in the relationship between substance use and mental health (Dual Diagnosis).
Roz covers a range of subjects on mental health, including looking at the work her and her team undertake at Great Ormond Street Hospital. This includes innovations such a mental health 'booth' for children and families. Roz also looks at the rise of dysfunctional perfectionism, what makes a young person vulnerable and the implications and interventions.
In this podcast, Dr. Trudie Roussow discusses Mentalisation Based Treatment for adolescents (MBT-A), how it differs from MBT for adults, and how this type of intervention can be utilised for those who self-harm. Trudie is one of the speakers at our National Conference on Suicide and Self-harm, 8 November, London.
Abigail discusses her paper on inflammation and self-harm, its findings and implications moving forward. As well as the cohort study (ALSPAC), to school interventions and creating change through national dialogue.
Ann talks about the prevalence of mental health problems in ASD, preventing mental health problems before they occur, interventions and psychological therapies and techniques she draws upon herself as a clinical psychologist.
David discusses school-based interventions, recent studies on prevention/intervention and (SHIFT), a large multi-centre randomised controlled trial, investigating systemic family therapy following teenage self-harm.
Lars discusses dialectical behaviour therapy for adolescents (DBT-A) as an intervention, his most recent paper in The JCPP, national strategies for suicide prevention and the latest clinical research.
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