The CAMHeleon Approach
CAMHeleon is here to champion a holistic model of CAMHS inpatient care where:
- caring relationships, built on shared decision making and mindfulness, always take priority
- the focus is on young people’s acquisition of recovery skills, like resilience
- the power of empathy and acceptance is enormous and deeply transformative of both the person receiving them and the person receiving them
- there's a mindful nurturing of young people's sovereignty, and an honouring of it through empathy and acceptance
- psychosocial nursing care and family work is a central focus
- there’s a strong ethos of attachment-awareness
- young people are supported in their management of their symptoms and treatment
- young people and/or their loved ones are involved in and understand every decision that affects them
- pro-social behaviour is modelled and encouraged
- there’s a strong culture of patient mutual support
- there’s a noticeable living-learning therapeutic environment
- patients benefit from a full programme of daily activities, including education
- educational activities are complementary to the treatment philosophy while clearly seen as a distinct part of it
It does this by…
- Supporting the voice of young people and their families by reinforcing what’s most important to them while in hospital.
- Identifying and amplifying the holistic opportunities on offer to a young patient.
- Offering a ‘one-stop’ repository / knowledge base of CAMHS ward best practice, values and skills.
- Signposting to other useful resources.
- Providing further inspiration and validation for the brilliant people who dedicate themselves to the care of our most vulnerable young people.
- Offering a good balance of theory, experience and practical steps.
- Providing an ‘at a glance’ summary of the crucial information contained in CAMHeleon.
- Providing an assortment of supporting research and evidence.
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