Has your child experienced a frightening event?

We are keen to understand what helps children cope. We are conducting a research study looking at how children cope shortly after being involved in any kind of frightening experience. We hope that 300 parents whose child has experienced a traumatic event will take part. The study will involve filling in some questionnaires online. These questionnaires will be about your thoughts, responses and feelings since your child’s traumatic experience. The questionnaires should take about 10 minutes. You are under no obligation to participate and you are free to withdraw from the study at any time. You can access the questionnaire here: https://bathpsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_73DPAr44M9Tf6XX...
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Parent-Led CBT for Child Anxiety

NEW FROM THE GUILFORD PRESS Parent-Led CBT for Child Anxiety Helping Parents Help Their Kids Cathy Creswell, DClinPsy, PhD, Monika Parkinson, DClinPsy, and Kerstin Thirlwall, DClinPsy, Lucy Willetts, PhD, all at: School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading, Berkshire, UK Foreword by Thomas H. Ollendick Publication Date: October 5, 2016 E-Book Publication Date: October 5, 2016 Therapist manuals for the ‘Overcoming your child’s fears and worries’ brief parent-delivered CBT approach for treating child anxiety disorders (e.g. see http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/203/6/436.long)  can now be downloaded for free from here: http://centaur.reading.ac.uk/65537 http://centaur.reading.ac.uk/65533...
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New Paper: Brief Behavioural Activation

Laura Pass, Hannah Whitney and Shirley Reynolds had their case study published today - congratulations! Pass, L., Whitney, H. & Reynolds, S. (2016). Brief behavioral activation for adolescent depression: Working with complexity and risk. Clinical Case Studies. The paper can be accessed here: http://ccs.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/04/20/1534650116645402?papetoc...
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PhD Studentship

AnDY are now advertising an exciting new Titcomb Foundation funded PhD Studentship in Adolescent Mental Health to start in September/October this year. More details can be found here: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ANK377/titcomb-foundation-phd-studentship-adolescent-mental-health/ Please contact Shirley Reynolds or Laura Pass if you would like to know more....
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Self-Help Book

Our very own Dr Monika Parkinson and Dr Shirley Reynolds have been included in the Youth mental health charity YoungMinds new book scheme. Their self-help book 'Am I Depressed and What Can I Do About it?' has been included in the Books on Prescription for Young People list. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/book-scheme-to-help-teenagers-with-mental-health-issues/?platform=hootsuite Well done!            ...
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Online Treatment for Childhood Anxiety

Dr Claire Hill (Clinical Psychologist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow) is leading on an innovative project within AnDY, developing and evaluating an online treatment programme for childhood anxiety disorders. This will be based on an evidence-based treatment approach, in which the therapist works with the parent to guide them in how to help their child overcome their anxiety. By providing this treatment online, with “virtual” sessions with a therapist instead of coming into the clinic, we hope to be able to make the treatment more accessible to families as well as more efficient and therefore more cost-effective. With pressures to deliver more on less within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), it is hoped that by offering online treatments as a treatment option for families it will improve access to evidence-based treatment. We are currently in the process of tendering for a website development company to build the website and accompanying apps, and hope to start development in Spring/early Summer....
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Children with Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care: the views of General Practitioners

  Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health disorders in children and young people. However, despite the availability of evidence-based treatments, many children are not accessing the specialist services they need. General Practitioners are often the first port of call for families concerned about their child and play a crucial, “gate-keeper” role to accessing such services. In order to better our understanding of why children are often not referred to specialist services, interviews were held with 20 GPs from a variety of locations in England, discussing their experience of managing childhood anxiety disorders. Emerging themes from these interviews suggest that that GPs experience numerous barriers including uncertainty around recognising anxiety in children, inadequate training, extensive waiting lists and difficulty accessing services. The results from this research will be used inform a further study, which will involve surveying a representative group of GPs, in order to quantify the barriers currently affecting GPs in England. The combination of the results from these studies...
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