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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Emotional Resilience Training

This workshop was put on following consultation with schools and discussions with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) about service provision in Wyre and evidence of needs around supporting young people's emotional health and wellbeing.

Whilst children and young people with high end needs can be 'fast tracked' into service provision, there has been a gap in terms of training to help professionals support children and young people with earlier problematic behaviours (for example, behavioural difficulties, eating disorders, bullying, etc) that may indicate the later development of more profound emotional problems and to ensure that children and young people are able to develop emotional resilience to enable them to cope with the vicissitudes of life.

Thus, the workshop was developed specifically to look at ADHD and the CAMHS referral process, in particular looking at how CAMHS workers assess need when a referral is received.

What worked well...

There were 17 attendees in total from a variety of organisations in Wyre, including Child and Parent Support Service, Children's Centres, Children's Social Care, Home-Start, NHS and schools.

The participants felt the most useful parts of the workshop were:

  • Developing their understanding of the structure of CAMHS, the framework for assessment and how the CAMHS referral system works;
  • Being provided with information that enabled a better understanding of ADHD including signs and symptoms;
  • Meeting the professionals who work at CAMHS and how referrals to them can best be supported by frontline workers;
  • Knowing that CAMHS can be contacted for additional support and advice;
  • Meeting other professionals and talking about their experiences;
  • The opportunity to reflect on one's own ideas and preconceptions of mental health and related issues.

Result!

The event produced many positive comments, for example:

  • "I found the workshop very useful and informative, increasing my knowledge which will help me in my role at school";
  • "I thought it was an excellent workshop and relevant to our work in schools";
  • "The people delivering the training were very friendly and informative and the offer of someone to speak to within CAMHS if we have any problems with specific pupils or to discuss a referral is invaluable";
  • "As a student nurse it was particularly useful for me to be with educational professionals and have the opportunity to get to hear the challenges they face when supporting children with ADHD and other conditions that impact upon learning".

Attendees identified a number of issues for future training requirements, including:

  • Attachment
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Self Harm
  • Depression in teenagers
  • Working with parents
  • Behaviour strategy training for teachers and support staff and also parents and carers
  • Working with school refusers and poor attenders
  • Helping children to cope with disabilities

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