Tag Archive: difficulties

Needs, strengths and difficulties

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Staff are appropriately trained to enable young people and/or parents/carers to identify their needs, strengths and difficulties. From: https://www.england.nhs.uk

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The specialist team is experienced in treating a range of complex conditions and challenging behaviours including: Self-harm; eating disorders; learning difficulties; psychosis; schizophrenia; depression and anxiety; anger; and substance abuse.

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Interlinked with assessment skills is the ability to create a tailored formulation of the child/young person’s difficulties and to feedback the results of a treatment plan. (See UCL CAMHS Competence model)

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Staff take into account family history and current functioning: genetic and psychosocial factors, household composition, history of parent’s own childhood, life events, sibling relationships, parental strengths and difficulties, absent parents, separated parents relationship.

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Staff need to ask about the family’s strengths as well as difficulties, so that interventions can build upon protective factors. (UCL CAMHS Competence model)

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Helping to pool the family’s efforts to address the difficulties is where family sessions can be of most help.

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The ability to undertake a thorough assessment is crucial if the CAMHS worker is to understand the difficulties that concern the child/young person and family. A multidimensional assessment of the child/young person’s needs aims to analyse different aspects of the child/young person and family’s functioning, and combine information from different methods and types of source. (UCL CAMHS Competence model).

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We believe the clear structure of the timetable, with activities kept within time limits, offers young people the safety to explore their difficulties in a contained way.

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‘Thursday group’ – This group is a child-led open discussion and thinking group. The children can discuss any issues they want to bring up. Issues discussed can include worries, fears, peer relationship difficulties, new children being admitted and joining the group, homesickness, projects to complete, concerns about each other or themselves, asking for help with difficult goals and discussing school visits. Staff facilitate the children in developing skills to help each other. From gosh.nhs.uk

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All young people are to attend groups

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“All young people are to attend groups when requested by staff, as this is part of the therapeutic programme. If they have difficulties attending groups this can be discussed with staff and a plan put in place to support them.”

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