Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

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CAMHS is a Mental Health assessment and therapeutic service for children, teenagers and their families. The service offers a range of therapeutic interventions to children and families in difficulty and to support, encourage and assist them to reach their maximum potential, using a multi-disciplinary approach based on mutually identified needs. The service is also developing a preventative role. Most of the work by the team is done in the home or schools.

The team is experienced in helping children, teenagers and their parents or carers where there are concerns or worries about their behaviour, emotions or relationships. The team also see families who may be experiencing stress.

CAMHS Referrals

Any professional within any agency may make a referral. All referrals are dealt with by the multi-disciplinary team at a weekly referral meeting.

Some typical referral examples:

  • enuresis/encopresis
  • behaviour problems
  • eating disorders
  • phobias e.g. school, specific phobic conditions
  • school refusal
  • self-harming/parasuicide
  • anxiety/depression
  • family dysfunction
  • bereavement/grief reactions
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • psychiatric disorders
  • psychosomatic disorders

Treatments and therapies

The type of treatment offered follows a holistic assessment of the child and family. They can offer:

  • counselling
  • family therapy
  • parent skills training
  • behavioural intervention
  • bereavement/grief counselling
  • marital work
  • medication
  • group work
  • anxiety/stress management
  • school liaison
  • individual therapy
  • cognitive therapy

Sometimes families may feel worried about what kind of service they are being referred to. If this is the case, the team invite them to contact the unit before coming for their first appointment so that any concerns can be discussed.

Tel: +441534 445030