CAMHS training days

CAMHS patient

Our CAMHS Skills Development Unit organises and delivers child and adolescent mental health training for people working with children, young people and their families.

The multi-agency training days are provided free of charge and are held at two venues near Hillsborough. The emphasis is upon development and application of child and adolescent mental health awareness and skills.

Training is available to all those working in education, social care, health and the voluntary sector. This diversity of backgrounds lends an important aspect to the training and the shared experience, knowledge and the contribution of participants is a major factor in the continued success of these days.

About the training

The training is structured around a two day ‘Introduction To Children’s Mental Health’ and then a series of more focused specialist days.

Although it is not compulsory for people to take part in the two day course before the specialist days, it helps, as this offers a number of fundamental concepts and working models.

We also offer a structured programme of competency-based training for identified services at an additional cost.

Specialist training days

Last year more than 500 people attended either the introductory or specialist days and this year the numbers are set to rise.

These training days are constantly evaluated and developed based on participant feedback and developing research and we hope offer an informative and enjoyable way to learn about children’s mental health.

A large number of professionals both from within CAMHS and from the wider mental health community are involved in the delivery of these sessions. This includes those who have a specific interest in an area or those have developed a level of expertise in a problem or area of work. This means our specialist days topics are delivered by clinicians who are both knowledgeable and experienced in the area.

Specialist training day themes

Some of our specialist training days include:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Youth Offending and the Looked After Child
  • ADHD, Youth Offending and the Looked after Child
  • Building attachment and promoting resilience
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Working with the Depressed Adolescent
  • Early psychosis in young people
  • Self-harming behaviour in children and young people
  • Understanding Neurodevelopmental Problems: Days 1 & 2
  • Eating disorders in children and young people
  • Bereavement and loss in children and young people
  • Teenagers: What’s the point?


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