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Animal-assisted Therapy

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Animals are an important part of many people’s lives — their mere presence can contribute to human’s happiness, making their life more meaningful. However, animals may do more than just provide companionship.

New research suggests they can improve emotional, social and cognitive functioning in adolescents with severe mental disorders. The study, published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, examined the effects of animal-assisted therapy, which is an intervention involving guided interaction between a patient and a trained animal. The purpose of this intervention is to aid a patient’s recovery process.

“The young patients who feel fragile, needy and dependent on others in the hospital context, can experience themselves as caretakers of someone else in the [animal-assisted therapy] environment,” researchers said, according to The Pacific Standard. “This experience can improve their sense of self-agency and self-cure, and these positive effects are not only limited to the human-animal bond, but can be extended to the patient’s global functioning and to the entire process of care.”

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Breaking down complex problems

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Young people value sessions that focus on breaking down their complex problems into a single goal that they can describe and visualise.

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The development of a schools lead for CAMHS in the region will link the service in more closely with work already ongoing to support children and young people in their school environments. From: http://www.yorkshirecoastradio.com/news/local-news/1761678/improvements-for-mental-health-care-for-youths-in-east-riding/

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Identify and name strengths

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It is important that any service helps young people to identify and name their strengths, giving them an opportunity to talk about how they have done things differently, or how they coped with situations that were complex. This can increase their confidence in talking to people around them. From: theguardian.com

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Based on the ward our Assessment and Adolescent Outreach Team is available to carry out crisis interventions, help prevent unnecessary admissions and assist the discharge planning process. If young people experience difficulty during the transition from inpatient to community care we can provide outreach without the need for them to return to hospital.

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A new community-based Eating Disorder servic

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A new community-based Eating Disorder service will provide new and enhanced community and day treatment for children and young people. The service will work with families and meet the recommended access and waiting time standards – within 24 hours for emergency referrals – within 1 week for urgent cases and within 4 weeks for routine cases. From: yorkshirecoastradio.com

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A care plan is agreed for every young person reflecting their needs across the domains of mental health, risk, family, social functioning and education.

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The service ensures that the Care Programme Approach is implemented and used for all young people and forms the structure of care planning. The CPA format and documentation used must be appropriate for use with young people.

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We use numerous recovery tools, such as the Support and Recovery Plan and Wellness Recovery Action Plan. These enable the young person to think about and list their existing resources and to create their own tailored action (care) plan for their recovery. We work to help them further develop and reinforce their resources and help them to move on from their crisis.

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Every young person who comes to unit will have a set of care plans developed specifically for them. Care plans detail the reasons they are in hospital, the plans to help them get well and stay well and finally a plan for discharge from hospital. Named nurses work with them to develop these care plans.

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