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Depression in Children & Young People

Event/course Code SFVSS 19/022
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, ‘depression usually starts in the teen years, more commonly as children near adulthood. They state that ‘feeling sad is a normal reaction to experiences that are stressful or upsetting. However, when these feelings go on and on, take over your usual self and interfere with your whole life, it can become an illness’ (2016).

Depression rates in children and young people have increased by 70% in the last 25 years (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2016). It is important that those working with children and young people know the signs to look out for alongside how to get support for these young people. No previous knowledge is required.

This course is designed to give practitioners an introduction to depression in children and young people.
Event Content This full day will cover: National Guidance, factors associated with the development and maintenance of depression and recommended treatments. It will include the ‘voice’ of young people and families in order to share their experiences of depression.

There will also be an opportunity to consider risk issues and being able to assess risk. Information will be provided about available resources and accessing help and support both locally and nationally.

The training will be delivered through multimedia: Powerpoint, DVD clips and experiential exercises including case studies and small group work.The session will be led by Sarah Head and Josephine Burke.

Sarah is a Chartered Psychologist & Counselling Psychologist, who has worked with children, young people and their families within CAMHS, private and voluntary sector settings. Sarah has worked within a specialist service for children who have experienced/witnessed domestic violence, acted as a Single Point of Access (SPA) CAMHS Clinician for Richmond, and has experience working in outpatient settings for children with difficulties that range from emotional distress to severe and enduring mental health disorders and crisis management. To inform both her individual and group work, Sarah works from a range of therapeutic approaches: psychodynamic; humanistic; CBT; and, is currently undertaking training in IPT-A.

Josephine is an experienced Art Psychotherapist and has worked with children, young people and their families in CAMHS for a number of years. Josephine has worked both individually and in groups with young people. Her experience ranges from working with disabilities to asylum seekers and refugees. She is interested in the non-verbal and pre-verbal aspects of mental health and links to neuroscience. She applies this knowledge through drawing on a mentalisation approach to art psychotherapy.

Delegates who have attended this session previously have provided the following feedback:

‘This has given me useful information in to depression in the young people i care for, what to look for, where to go for advice and for help. to help me see the 1st signs of depression along with how the young person grows and deals with this in there life’

‘I feel that the trainers were extremely knowledgeable and skilled’
Event Learning Outcomes By the end of the session delegates will be able to:

• Define what depression is and some of the reasons why young people may develop depression.
• Demonstrate an increased understanding of what interventions are appropriate for depression from both universal, targeted and specialist services.
• Give examples of what services and resources are available locally to support young people with depression.
Trainers Emma Fredman
Course categories Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19 yrs No 
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Wednesday 24 April 201909:30 - 16:30Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BY