Mental Health in the Teenage Years - Agenda
Through a combination of presentations from guest keynote speakers and small, break-out workshops, attendees will:
- Understand more about teenage behaviour versus a cause for concern about mental health.
- Gain an insight into common mental health disorders and how they can manifest in adopted teenagers.
- Learn about new research findings and developments in the area of mindfulness and compassion.
- Learn more about therapies and approaches that can support adoptive families with teenagers experiencing mental health issues.
- The issues faced by adopters.
- Uncovering the issues in order to address them.
- Getting to grips with mental health issues.
Dr Ben Gurney-Smith - Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist - Adoption Plus
- Understanding 'blocked care'.
- Review of new research findings on the role of mindfulness and compassion in helping adoptive parents stay close to their children.
- Understanding the needs of the child in both attachment and mental health terms.
- Common mental health disorders manifested in adopted children.
- Best practice mental health assessment.
- Why some CAMHS struggle to meet adopted children's needs.
Roger Catchpole - Training & Development Manager - YoungMinds
- How to distinguish adolescent turmoil from mental health problems.
- Aspects of adolescent development and brain development.
- To what extent a reduction in capacity for consequential thinking and empathy and an increase in risk taking and emotionally driven behavior is normal or a cause for concern about mental health.
- The role of family therapy with adoptive families.
- The different moments of the adoption process.
- Making sense of and addressing psychological problems.
Prof Katherine Weare - Honorary Visiting Professor - University of Exeter
- Is mindfulness a way to make adoption work better?
- What is it, and how is it learned and practiced?
- Some short mindfulness practices.
Each workshop is 30 minutes long, and will be repeated twice during the afternoon session. Delegates will be able to attend two workshops.
Workshop 1 - Dr Ben Gurney-Smith & Prof Katherine Weare
The role of mindfulness for adoptive parents
- Learn about the role mindfulness can have for adoptive parents.
- Explore practical, real life examples from Ben's practice.
- Facilitated, shared mindfulness practice.
Workshop 2 - Dr Matt Woolgar
Engaging with CAMHS - accessing appropriate services
- Assessing complexity and individuality using the bio-psycho-social model.
- Accessing appropriate services for adopted children.
- Engaging constructively with CAMHS and education.
Workshop 3 - Roger Catchpole
A YoungMinds forum for adopters, carers and others
- A workshop with Roger's colleague Daphne Joseph.
- Discover the YoungMinds Parents Helpline
Workshop 4 - Dr Lisa Fellin
Helping families make sense of relational and mental health issues
- An introduction to using creative and narrative tools to foster bonding and belonging.
- How to address issues such as conflicts or split loyalties.