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Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)

Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)

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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 Papers Podcast, Isaac Ahuvia discusses his JCPP paper ‘Evaluating a treatment selection approach for online single-session interventions for adolescent depression’. Isaac is the lead author of the paper.
In this Papers Podcast, Lottie Shipp discusses her JCPP Advances paper ‘The relationship between dissociation and panic symptoms in adolescence and the exploration of potential mediators’. Lottie is the lead author of the paper.
In this ‘RESHAPE Study’ series episode, Professor Tamsin Ford and Lauren Cross explore the lockdown experiences of young people and parents, as well as discuss reintegration back into pre-pandemic routines. The ‘RESHAPE Study’ series is a new mini-in conversation series that will explore the RESHAPE study and the impact of its findings for parents, teachers, policymakers, and mental health professionals. Discussion points include: How the contradictory findings of existing literature on the experiences of young people’s mental health during COVID shaped the planning of the study. The RESHAPE study design, how participants were selected, and the unexpected challenges. The importance of structure and routine, as well as access to social and familial connections. Engagement versus efficiency with regards to learning during the pandemic and the role of schooling. Help-seeking and self-problem solving and the importance of matching what we provide to the needs of the individual person. Navigating reintegration and the importance of communication and compassion. RESHAPE or ‘REflecting on the impactS of covid-19 on cHildren And young People in England: exploring experiences of lockdown, service access and education’ is a large study looking at how life changed for children, young people, and parents during the lockdown and how this may have affected them. This is a follow-on study from the National Study of Health and Wellbeing: Children and Young people and is a joint effort between the University of Exeter, the University of Cambridge, King’s College London and the NHS. DOI: 10.13056/acamh.26245
In this In Conversation podcast, we are joined by the President of PRUsAP, Sarah Johnson. Sarah also advises the Department for Education for Alternative Provision and is the Director of Pheonix Education Consultancy. This episode will explore Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) and Alternative Provision in education.
In this Papers Podcast, Dr. Stefanos Mastrotheodoros and Dr. Marco Boks discuss their co-authored JCPP paper ‘Negative parenting, epigenetic age, and psychological problems: prospective associations from adolescence to young adulthood’.
In this In Conversation podcast, we are joined by consultant clinical psychologist, Dr. Lucy Maddox. Lucy is currently researching compassionate care and compassion fatigue in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and is also passionate about the wider dissemination of psychology ideas.
In this Papers Podcast, Gabrielle Hale discusses her CAMH journal review paper ‘Physical activity interventions for the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents: a systematic review’. Gabrielle is the lead author of the paper.
In this Papers Podcast, Dr. Charlotte Cecil and Dr. Mannan Luo discusses their co-authored JCPP paper ‘DNA methylation at birth and lateral ventricular volume in childhood: a neuroimaging epigenetics study’.
In this Papers Podcast, Dr. Sam Chawner discusses his JCPP Advances paper ‘Neurodevelopmental dimensional assessment of young children at high genomic risk of neuropsychiatric conditions’ (doi.org/10.1002/jcv2.12162). Sam is the first author of the paper. There is an overview of the paper, methodology, key findings, and implications for practice. Discussion points include: - What are copy-number variants (CNVs) and how they impact child development. - Insight into what 22q11.2 deletion syndrome is, how it is typically diagnosed, and how it is associated with psychiatric risk. - Implications for clinicians and CAMH professionals. - Whether there are adequate interventions targeted at early age groups. - Recommendations for prevention, detection, and the targeting of interventions.
In this Papers Podcast, Dr. Christina Cruz, Dr. Michael Matergia, and Priscilla Giri discuss their co-authored CAMH journal Short Research Article ‘RESEED – the perceived impact of an enhanced usual care model of a novel, teacher-led, task-shifting initiative for child mental health’ (doi.org/10.1111/camh.12673). There is an overview of the paper, methodology, key findings, and implications for practice. Discussion points include: - Introducing RESEED (Responding to Students' Emotions through Education), and Tealeaf (Teachers Leading the Frontlines). - Definitions of ‘stepped levels of care’ and ‘task-shifting’ in terms of teacher-led care. - Research gaps that this study aimed to address. - Surprising results from the study. - Implications for policymakers, and researchers. - Advice and implications from a practice and intervention perspective for teachers working in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
In this Papers Podcast, Alice Phillips discusses her JCPP Advances paper ‘Secondary data analysis of social care records to examine the provision of mental health support for young people in care’ (doi.org/10.1002/jcv2.12161). Alice is the first author of the paper. There is an overview of the paper, methodology, key findings, and implications for practice. Discussion points include; - The relationship between being in care and the likelihood of experiencing mental health difficulties. - Gender difference in terms of accessing services. - The barriers and challenges making it more difficult for youth in care to get mental health support. - Implications for CAMH professionals and recommendations to make CAMHS more accommodating for young people in care. - The message that policymakers should take from this research.
The ‘Insights from the OxWell Student Survey‘ series is a new mini-in conversation series that will explore the OxWell study and the impact of its findings for parents, teachers, policymakers and mental health professionals. In this episode, Dr. Simona Skripkauskaite and Dr. Holly Bear comment on the findings from the OxWell survey regarding online behaviours and the association with young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
In this Papers Podcast, Dr. Vicky Powell discusses her JCPP Advances paper ‘Following the children of depressed parents from childhood to adult life: A focus on mood and anxiety disorders’. Vicky is the lead author of the paper.
In this Papers Podcast, Dr. Luisa Sugaya and Dr. Luis C. Farhat discuss their co-authored JCPP Advances Special Issue Research Review ‘Efficacy of stimulants for preschool attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis’. Luisa and Luis are co-first authors of this work.
In this Papers Podcast, Dr. Marica Leone discusses her JCPP paper 'Melatonin use and the risk of self-harm and unintentional injuries in youths with and without psychiatric disorders' (https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.13785). Marica is the first author of the paper. There is an overview of the paper, methodology, key findings, and implications for practice. Discussion points include: What is known about the relationship between sleep disorders, injuries, and self-harm in young people. Implications of the findings for child and adolescent mental health professionals. Recommendations that emerge from the research. Importance of good sleep hygiene and what this looks like. In this series, we speak to authors of papers published in one of ACAMH’s three journals. These are The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP); The Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) journal; and JCPP Advances.
In this Papers Podcast, Assistant Professor Nicole Catherine discusses her JCPP paper 'Effectiveness of nurse-home visiting in improving child and maternal outcomes prenatally to age two years: a randomised controlled trial (British Columbia Healthy Connections Project)' (https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.13846). There is an overview of the paper, methodology, key findings, and implications for practice. Discussion points include: Insight into the cohort that participated in the study. Potential follow-up studies using the same cohort, including further research into assessments of language, reading, and academic ability later on in childhood.
In this Papers Podcast, Kalee Lodewyk discusses her CAMH journal paper ‘Adverse event monitoring and reporting in studies of pediatric psychosocial interventions: a systematic review’ (doi.org/10.1111/camh.12661). Kalee is the lead author of the paper. There is an overview of the paper, methodology, key findings, and implications for practice. Discussion points include: - The original research questions and aims of the systematic review. - The challenges of the review, including the lack of standardisation around adverse event terminology. - Insight into surprising findings from the review. - The implications of the review from a research perspective, and for practitioners and clinicians. Subscribe to ACAMH from more evidence-based research.
In this Papers Podcast, Samantha Perlstein discusses her co-authored JCPP paper ‘Treatment of childhood disruptive behavior disorders and callous-unemotional traits: a systematic review and two multilevel meta-analyses’. Samantha is the first author of the paper.
In this Papers Podcast, Dr. Alessio Bellato discusses his JCPP Advances Special Issue Editorial ‘Evidence-based child and adolescent mental health care: The role of high-quality and transparently reported evidence synthesis studies’. Alessio also co-authored a Research Review paper in the Special Issue entitled ‘Autonomic dysregulation and self-injurious thoughts and behaviours in children and young people: A systematic review and meta-analysis’, which will also be discussed.
'Colouring the Mind: Racism and Mental Health' is a new In Conversation mini-series that will explore how racism affects mental health, with a particular focus on racism in the mental health system and racism in the mental health concept. In this episode, Malaika Okundi and Jessica O’Logbon focus on the concept of racism in mental health and discuss definitions of race, racism, and mental health as concepts. Discussion points include: - The definition of ‘race’. - Racism, colourism, and the impact on mental health.  - Lived experience of the different levels of racism (internalised, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic). - What defines mental health and what the link is between racism and mental health. - The importance of lived experience researchers. - Why representation matters in studies and in roles of influence. Please note that what Malaika and Jess share in this series is derived from their work, as well as from research and literature surrounding these topics. Whilst they are not experts on racism or mental health, personal experience does play a role in their discussions.
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