How to Manage: Child Mental Health

This course will develop your skills and knowledge in effectively managing general mental health problems encountered in day-to-day clinics and increase your confidence in selecting appropriate interventions to support patients and their families.

What is the course about?

This course brings together a multi-professional team to equip you with practical guidance on how to manage general mental health problems you encounter in your day to day clinics, as well as, advice on selecting and implementing effective interventions.

With sessions on eating disorders, an acutely dysregulated child, assessment of para-suicide, self-harm or overdose, and non-organic illnesses presenting to general paediatrics, this is an essential course to develop your skills and confidence in managing mental health in general paediatrics.



Target Audience

Paediatric Trainees and Consultants


Learning Aims, Objectives and Outcomes:


An introduction to the role of paediatricians in managing common mental health presentations.

The course will cover 4 broad areas of mental health presentations with 5 vertical themes throughout the day of:
1. Neurodivergence
2. Legal Frameworks
3. Biopsychosocial approach
4. Role of the Paediatrician
5. The behavioural cycle


By the end of this course, you will:

1. Feel confident in your role in managing common mental health presentations
2. Consider the impact of neuro divergence on managing mental health presentations
3. Be able to apply legal frameworks to managing mental health presentations.




Faculty Leads

Dr Karen Street

Dr Karen Street has been a Paediatric Consultant in Exeter since 2007 and is the current RCPCH Officer for Mental Health. In addition to practising in all areas of general paediatrics from 0-18 years, she has been working on NHS projects across paediatrics and adult services to develop pathways for older teenagers and young adults up to 25 years of age.
Dr Street has developed specialty interests in eating disorders, persistent physical symptoms, and the overlap between physical and mental health but is happy to see a full breadth of Paediatric presentations. She believes passionately in always considering the whole person when assessing and supporting any health presentations, and in working in a joined up way with multi professional colleagues.


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