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Depression in Children & Young People

Event/course Code EDU 21/802
Event/course type Workshop
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.

This training will be led by members of Achieving for Children’s Emotional Health Service.

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

‘I have learnt some key things to look out for in identifying signs of depression in children of all ages. I also have a better understanding of CAMHS and the tiers, which will allow me to better understand what we are waiting for’

‘This course was informative and educational and gave other professionals a chance to express their experiences which was interesting to hear’
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 Christina Hutton / Catherine Macgregor
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 1Thursday 10 March 202209:30 - 16:30Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BY