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CBT with children, young people, and families
Mon 27 March 2017, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM NZDT
This seminar will be of direct interest and applicability to a range of professionals working in the education sector. Content will be of practical value and applicability to psychologists, counsellors, teachers, RTLB, social workers, and others directly engaged in providing support to children, young people, and families.
Presented by Dr Sandra Dunsmuir
There has been a growth of interest in psychological health and well-being amongst educational professionals, who increasingly are seeking additional training to equip them to deliver interventions to support distressed young people and their families. Although mental health services are inaccessible for many, there are indications that the majority who receive help do so through the education system. There is developing interest in the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in school settings in the UK and this has been supported by government initiatives.
This presentation is aimed at individuals involved with the delivery of therapeutic interventions in schools in New Zealand. There will be consideration of the scale of the problem in relation to child and adolescent mental health, both in the UK and internationally. The evidence base for CBT with children, young people and their families will be considered, as will facilitators and barriers to delivering therapeutic interventions in schools. It is proposed that CBT with children involves a central emphasis on systemic practice to supplement work with individuals. There are dilemmas about how training may lead to a focus on technical aspects of CBT at the expense of the therapeutic alliance which have led to the development of a new framework to support training through competency based assessments. This will be presented along with opportunities to consider how it could be generalised to a New Zealand context. Furthermore, the use of video within supervision will be discussed.
The presentation will conclude with an invitation for whole group discussion about what participants consider to be the core ingredients of CBT child training and explore how creative practice and a focus on evaluation of outcomes can be achieved most effectively.
Sandra is Director of the Educational Psychology Group at University College London (UCL) where she leads professional doctorate training in educational psychology. She is also programme Co-Director of the UCL postgraduate courses in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Children and Young People, based at the Anna Freud Centre. As well as being a qualified teacher who has worked in primary and special education, Sandra has extensive experience working as an educational psychologist. She continues to practice on a regular basis with children, their families and teachers in delivering CBT interventions in school and community settings.
Her academic research and publications focus on early literacy development and intervention and child and adolescent mental health interventions. Sandra is also interested in teaching and learning at all levels of the educational system and has led national projects to develop learning resources for professional training programmes.
Sandra is a Fellow of both the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is past chair of the BPS Division of Educational and Child Psychology.
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Massey University Atrium Building
Room AT2, Lower Level 1
Gate 1, Albany Expressway
Albany, Auckland 0632