CAMHS Mental Health Training Days

Buildings where CAMHS training is delivered

About our training offer

CAMHS multi-agency training is a key contributor to developing a high quality and appropriately trained workforce across Sheffield and beyond.

A well-trained and supported workforce is key to delivering effective services to the children and young people we meet.

We offer specifically designed training to meet the needs of Sheffield services within the key aims of the workforce development strategy with a shared identity and vision; common values and language; behaviours focused on outcomes for children.

CAMHS multi-agency training works within the stated CAMHS workforce competencies.

The offer is tailored to the needs prioritised by the Children’s Workforce and is designed to equip them to respond to the challenges they are facing. It will be updated based on annual survey responses from the Children’s Workforce and professionals are encouraged to influence content.

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Our training team

Our training days are facilitated by enthusiastic and exceptional CAMHS clinicians and trainers who deliver sessions on a variety of subject areas.

Our skilled training team involves CAMHS Nurses, Psychiatrists, Primary Mental Health Workers, Psychologists, Art Psychotherapists and Family Therapists, amongst other specialist professionals, in the design and delivery of the programme.  We invite other professionals and parents/carers to assist us with the delivery of the training days as appropriate.

Each Study Day is tailored to bring you a unique learning experience and allows you to develop your therapeutic skills and build your knowledge to apply to your day-to-day work with children, young people and their families.

Our Study Days are reviewed regularly to ensure that our trainees are kept up-date with the latest information and that the content meets current need.

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Aims of training

Delivering this training, we hope to build the capacity of universal services to meet mental health needs of children and families by:

  • Building understanding of the incidence, prevalence and presentation of common mental health problems
  • Developing workers’ core common competencies of active listening, engagement, alliance building, information giving, shared decision making and reflective practice
  • Developing family resilience, self-esteem, and self-reliance through the provision of information and support from evidence-based interventions
  • Building understanding of the process of therapeutic support to offer low intensity models of intervention
  • Developing workers’ competencies in the delivery of evidence-based family and behavioural interventions, and the use of reflective practice to inform their work
  • Growing understanding and awareness of the complexity of children’s, young peoples’ and families’ health, educational and social needs and the services available
  • Helping professionals recognise when it is appropriate to seek further advice or signpost clients to other services or specialist CAMHS.

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Level 1: Introduction to CAMHS Study Day

This is a one day training course available to all staff who work with children and young people, and their families.

By the end of this session, you will:

  • Be able to differentiate between children and young people who may have mental health needs, mental health problems and those who may be distressed
  • Understand the basic principles of attachment
  • Understand and recognise risk and resilience factors and the impact upon a child’s mental well-being
  • Identify signs and symptoms of childhood distress
  • Gain an understanding of CAMHS services and what we offer

Level 1 Summary

This course is aimed at all professionals working with children who would like to build a solid foundation in the key principles that underpin good mental health. It aims to provide a starting point for early intervention and identification of those at risk of developing mental health problems. Our trainers will clearly outline the role and responsibilities of CAMHS in the wider multi-agency forum, sharing when and where CAMHS can intervene and describing referral criteria and points of access.

Time: 09:00 – 4.00

Level 1 training dates

  • Thursday 15 August 2019  – Moorfoot Conference Room 3
  • Monday 2 September 2019 – Moorfoot Conference Room 2
  • Monday 21 October 2019 – Moorfoot Conference Room 2
  • Friday 8 November 2019 – Town Hall Committee Room 2
  • Monday 16 December 2019 – Moorfoot Conference Room 2
  • Monday 6 January 2020 – Moorfoot Conference Room 2
  • Monday 3 February 2020 – Moorfoot Conference Room 2
  • Monday 9 March 2020 – Moorfoot Conference Room 2
  • Wednesday 1 April 2020 – Moorfoot Conference Room 2
  • Wednesday 6 May 2020 – Moorfoot Conference Room 2
  • Monday 1 June 2020 – Moorfoot Conference Room 3
  • Monday 20 July 2020 – Moorfoot Conference Room 2

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Level 2: Specialist Study Days

This is specialist training on mental health issues or therapeutic interventions.

Please note that staff who have attended the one day introductory course are prioritised for the specialist training days.

The courses intend to:

  • Increase knowledge around specific mental health issues
  • Develop skills in particular interventions
  • Build confidence when working with children and young people who have particular mental health needs

Level 2 training dates and details

Thursday 22 August 2019 - Emotional Regulation and Promoting Resilience

By the end of this session, you will:

  • Be able to identify the areas  of emotional intelligence and the characteristics of resilience;
  • Have greater confidence in identifying and naming emotions;
  • Be able to identify some triggers for stress;
  • Learn how to support various age-groups using resilience building techniques.

Summary: Life is full of ups and downs, but for some children and young people, these ups and downs can have a profound effect on their mental well-being.

In this session, consider the evidence for the importance of developing strong attunement and emotional regulation in early childhood. Delegates will understand how experiencing a range of emotions can be healthy when managing the stresses of daily life and learn how to teach children and young people various strategies to cope with strong feelings.

Date/Venue: Thursday 22nd August, Moorfoot, Conference Room 2
Time: 9am – 1pm

Monday 9 September 2019 - Working with the Anxious Child

By the end of this session, you will:

  • Understand the term ’anxiety’;
  • Recognise presentations of anxiety in children and young people;
  • Learn practical strategies to help children and young people manage stress and anxiety appropriately;
  • Know when you should seek further professional help when working with children who have anxiety issues.

Summary: Professionals involved with the care of children and young people need to be better able to identify the signs of anxiety and many cases may be undetected.

This training day will consider the presentations and impact that this condition has upon young people and their families, and how to recognise a problem as it presents itself. It will outline best practice advice on the care of children and young people aged 5 –18 years.

Date/Venue: Monday 9th September, Town Hall, Committee Room 3}
Time: 9am – 4pm

Monday 28 October 2019 - Meeting the Mental Needs of LGBTQ Young People

By the end of the session you will:

  • Look at the types of discrimination and the effects on LGBTQ young people
  • Deepen your awareness of LGBTQ mental health problems
  • Explore ways to support LGBTQ children and young people

Summary: LGBTQ Children and Young People often experience mental health inequality and misunderstanding when accessing services.

This course aims to build awareness of this issue and allows participants to understand LGBTQ mental health. Delegates will gain confidence in addressing the needs of LGBTQ children and young people and learn strategies to foster an LGBTQ-friendly culture.

Date/Venue: Monday 28th October, Town Hall, Committee Room 3
Time: 9am – 4pm

Friday 22 November 2019 - Supporting Children with Special Needs: Understanding Neuro-Developmental Problems

By the end of this session, you will:

  • Understand the definition, meaning and correct use of the term “Learning Disabilities” and distinguish it from “Learning Difficulties”
  • Understand the impact of learning disabilities on a young person, their family, their carer’s and their environment
  • Understand what constitutes “Challenging Behaviour” and develop a framework for managing it
  • Develop an understanding of different presentations of mental health problems in someone with learning disabilities and understand factors which decrease and increase impairment

Summary: Special educational needs (SEN) can affect a child or young person’s behaviour, reading and writing, concentration levels, ability to understand things, or their physical ability. Subsequently, those who work with these young people require specialist skills to help support them effectively. This day has been designed to give an overview of how learning disabilities present and the impact upon the child, family and school. It will consider the role services play in supporting the child and family and will describe a patient’s journey through diagnosis, treatment and support.

Participants will be able to further their understanding of the complex difficulties a child with neuro-developmental problems has and how they can recognise these in their daily work. Strategies for behavioural management and when there is a need to refer for further specialist assessment/treatment will be considered.

Date/Venue: Friday 22nd November, Town Hall, Committee Room 2
Time: 9am – 4pm

Monday 23 December 2019 - Parental Mental Health and the Impact on Children and Young People

By the end of this session, you will:

  • Have an understanding of the impact parental mental health has upon the child
  • Be aware of the risk factors which impact upon the child
  • Know of the protective factors that protect children from risk
  • Know when you should seek further professional help when working with children who have a parent with mental health problems

Summary: Understanding the impact of poor parental mental health is of critical importance when working with families; also in understanding the effects this can have throughout childhood. This training day will give the practitioner a greater insight into recognising when a parent/carer may have a mental health difficulty and how this is impacting upon their ability to engage with services and make positive changes. Strategies to work with parent/carers will be discussed and good practice from course participants shared.

Date/Venue: Monday 23rd December, Moorfoot, Conference Room 2
Time: 9am – 1pm

Monday 13 January 2020 - The Social-Media Effect

By the end of this session, you will:

  • Recognise the different technologies children and young people use to communicate
  • Understand the positive impact social media can have, as well as the negative
  • Be able to identify risks to mental well-being
  • Know when you should seek further professional help

Summary: Digital media is rapidly changing the landscape of mental health for children and young people. This study day aims to give some understanding of developing interactions as children grow up in a digital world. It also examines the impact of this world on children and young people vulnerable to, or suffering from, mental health disorders. Explore the pros and cons of global connectivity through social media, examine the human and environmental impact of this growing technology and learn strategies to support children and young people to use social media appropriately.

Date/Venue: Monday 13th January, Town Hall, Committee Room 2
Time: 9am – 4pm

Monday 10 February 2020 - Attachment Disorders and ACEs

By the end of this session, you will:

  • Have an awareness of attachment theory and attachment styles
  • Understand more about developmental trauma
  • Understand how early trauma can impact upon a child’s social/emotional development
  • Understand that behaviour is a means of communication
  • Learn practical strategies to use within your own service

Summary: We now know that Adverse Childhood Experiences have a huge impact on life-long health and opportunity. 1 in 3 adult mental health conditions relate directly to ACEs.

This one-day course aims to provide an understanding of the impact that adversity and trauma can have on the mental health and well-being of children and young people you work with. It will also provide practical strategies and suggested resources which can be used to help support children and young people more effectively.

Date/Venue: Monday 10th February, Moorfoot, Conference Room 3
Time: 9am – 4pm

Monday 6 April 2020 - Supporting Vulnerable Children and Young People

By the end of this session, you will:

  • Learn of impact of ACES and insecure attachment
  • Identify risk factors related to the mental health of the LAC and Young Offender
  • Know the link between poor mental health and the likelihood of offending
  • Adopt practical skills and tools to help build resilience in LAC and Young Offenders

Summary: LAC and Young Offenders are often exposed to many detrimental risk factors at an early stage in life, which makes them more likely to develop long term mental and physical health problems. In this session, understand the needs of this vulnerable group and learn how to support their mental well-being by building resilience to become happy adults in the future.

Date/Venue: Monday 6th April, Moorfoot, Conference Room 2
Time: 9am – 4pm

Tuesday 26 May 2020 - Emotional Regulation and Promoting Resilience

By the end of this session, you will:

  • Be able to identify the areas  of emotional intelligence and the characteristics of resilience
  • Have greater confidence in identifying and naming emotions
  • Be able to identify some triggers for stress
  • Learn how to support various age-groups using resilience building techniques

Summary: Life is full of ups and downs, but for some children and young people, these ups and downs can have a profound effect on their mental well-being.

In this session, consider the evidence for the importance of developing strong attunement and emotional regulation in early childhood. Delegates will understand how experiencing a range of emotions can be healthy when managing the stresses of daily life and learn how to teach children and young people various strategies to cope with strong feelings.

Date/Venue: Thursday 22nd August, Moorfoot, Conference Room 2
Time: 9am – 1pm

Monday 15 June 2020 - Supporting Children with Special Needs: Understanding Neuro-Developmental Problems

By the end of this session, you will:

  • Understand the definition, meaning and correct use of the term “Learning Disabilities” and distinguish it from “Learning Difficulties”
  • Understand the impact of learning disabilities on a young person, their family, their carer’s and their environment
  • Understand what constitutes “Challenging Behaviour” and develop a framework for managing it
  • Develop an understanding of different presentations of mental health problems in someone with learning disabilities and understand factors which decrease and increase impairment

Summary: Special educational needs (SEN) can affect a child or young person’s behaviour, reading and writing, concentration levels, ability to understand things, or their physical ability. Subsequently, those who work with these young people require specialist skills to help support them effectively. This day has been designed to give an overview of how learning disabilities present and the impact upon the child, family and school. It will consider the role services play in supporting the child and family and will describe a patient’s journey through diagnosis, treatment and support.

Participants will be able to further their understanding of the complex difficulties a child with neuro-developmental problems has and how they can recognise these in their daily work. Strategies for behavioural management and when there is a need to refer for further specialist assessment/treatment will be considered.

Date/Venue: Monday 15th June, Moorfoot, Conference Room 2
Time: 9am – 4pm

Wednesday 29 July 2020 - Attachment Disorders and ACEs

By the end of this session, you will:

  • Have an awareness of attachment theory and attachment styles
  • Understand more about developmental trauma
  • Understand how early trauma can impact upon a child’s social/emotional development
  • Understand that behaviour is a means of communication
  • Learn practical strategies to use within your own service

Summary: We now know that Adverse Childhood Experiences have a huge impact on life-long health and opportunity. 1 in 3 adult mental health conditions relate directly to ACEs.

This one-day course aims to provide an understanding of the impact that adversity and trauma can have on the mental health and well-being of children and young people you work with. It will also provide practical strategies and suggested resources which can be used to help support children and young people more effectively.

Date/Venue: Wednesday 29th July, Moorfoot, Conference Room 2
Time: 9am – 4pm

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Training Sign-up form

  • Your manager will be emailed a copy of the submitted form to notify them of your application.
  • Which Study Day are you interested in attending?
    Please note: This date is not guaranteed, you will be offered a place via email
    Please note: This date is not guaranteed, you will be offered a place via email
  • Places for the Specialist Study Days will be prioritised for people who have attended the Introduction to CAMHS Study Day.

    This training is provided free of charge to Sheffield applicants. A Fee of £100 per day will be charged to Non-Sheffield Applicants. This fee will be agreed for half days.

    Places are not transferable without prior authorisation and a £10.00 admin fee will be charged to yourself or your Service Manager.

    All bookings will be made through an electronic bookings form available on our website. After purchasing a ticket or registering for a training day, you will receive an email confirming your order. If the event is fully booked, you will be placed on a waiting list until spaces become available.

    Please note: Our courses are provided free, but places are in demand, therefore if you fail to attend this training once your place has been confirmed your employing organisation WILL BE liable for a charge of £50.00 payable to CAMHS and an invoice issued. Exceptions to the charge will be made for notified sickness or reasonable apologies provided 5 working days before the course. Please ensure that you have discussed the financial implications of this with your line manager.

    If you would like further details about our courses, please contact the Training Team at scn-tr.camhstraining@nhs.net.

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