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There are well-timed behavioural rewards and endorsements built into the ward programme to encourage young people to keep on track. For example, after a session of education or group therapy there is always a break during which the young people have a drink and free time.

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Co-operative work, sharing based activities – for example through creative activities – can act as an equaliser for negative experiences, such as disappointment, despair, destructiveness and violence, which often arise in a CAMHS setting. A weekly group music session or a termly edition of a class magazine, for instance, enables young people to work together while accommodating various levels of individual skill and ability.

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The hospital school run a separate review group towards the end of each week for the young people. Their achievements, academic, social and personal, are reviewed and the young people are asked to rate themselves. Their peers then give them a rating with support from the staff. This can be a revelation for the young person and often leads to them realising greater success than they would allow themselves.

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There is both small group and individual teaching by teachers and learning support staff. Subjects covered include numeracy, literacy, ICT, horticulture (gardening) and many more.

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Young people can suggest and take responsibility for planning an activity, for example, arranging a choir group. The young person puts together an action plan to complete this.

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A lot of the young people struggle with relationships. The cognitive behavioural-based social skills group is a really significant part of their treatment and recovery. It’s based on a positive approach, and the emphasis is on their strengths. Themes include bullying, anger, friendships and isolation.

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Many of the CAMHS interventions with the strongest evidence base are delivered in a group format (such as parenting groups, and groups which teach problem solving and social skills). (UCL CAMHS Competence model)

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All families are invited to attend a weekly Parents’ Drop-in Group on Monday mornings. Coffee, tea and biscuits are provided and there is the opportunity to talk together with other parents.

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We run a Parenting Skills Group on Friday for a series of sessions during every child’s admission. Improvements in parenting skills and well-being support improvements in outcomes for young people.

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Exploring Ideas – a cognitive behavioural therapy group. Explores everyday adolescent issues and links thoughts, feelings and behaviours in order to establish coping mechanisms.

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