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It’s all about trust – CAMHS Conference 2018

June 29, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Chorley and South Ribble CCG in partnership with Lancashire Care and Accrington and Rossendale College present a platform to discuss some of the current challenges and developments in delivering mental health and wellbeing services for children, young people and their families.

This one day conference will aim to explore the importance of trust and building effective therapeutic relationships when working with young people. The THRIVE model will be used as a foundation of good practice and there will be an opportunity to learn more about the key developments in Lancashire that will support this.

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Understand the importance of attachment and child development in building resilience and mental wellbeing.
  • Learn about key mental health issues affecting young people.
  • Explore a range of therapeutic tools used to support mental wellbeing.
  • Gain an overview of current models of practice including THRIVE.
  • Gain an awareness of current strategic frameworks and service developments.
  • Gain insight about what is important when delivering effective services from experts by experience.
  • The conference has been co-produced with young people with experience of mental health challenges who have accessed services for support.


Programme Overview

9:00am – Registration and Networking.


9.45am – Opening presentation from Commissioner (Susan Holloway). An overview of the Primary Mental Health Worker role (Dave Eaton), followed by workshops. 

12:15pm – 1:15pm – Lunch provided by the College’s restaurant and students. 


1:15pm – Presentation from Dr. Andrea Johnson-Renshaw followed by workshops. A collective of young people will share their experiences of CAMHS.

4:00pm – Close



To be repeated morning and afternoon. Candidates will select two to attend from the list below:

Workshop 1 – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) by “Amelia Bashoff” 

  • Role play of how CBT is used in action 
  • Demonstrate a CBT assessment
  • Discuss how a case formulation would be developed in relation to a young person attending CAMHS.


Workshop 2 – Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) by “Rachel Doherty”  

  • What is DBT?
  • To identify why we use DBT?
  • Gain some understanding of the modules used in DBT skills training (Mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and walking the middle path) 
  • To give an overview of the importance of acceptance, validation of dialectics.


Workshop 3 – Self Harm and Suicide by “Dawn Meakin”

This workshop will provide an informed approach to understanding the needs of children and young people who self-harm. The following core areas will be addressed in the workshop content.

  • How common is self-harm?
  • Who is at risk?
  • Who do children and young people self-harm?
  • The impact and implications of working with children and young people who self-harm with opportunities for participants to reflect on their own professional practice
  • Offer practical advice/ support on how to help children and young people who self-harm 
  • Raise awareness of the need to reduce the stigma of mental health issues.


Workshop 4 – Attachment and child development by “Michelle McLaughlin” and “Claire Wolfenden”

  • ‘Building the bonds of trust’ 
  • Brief overview of ‘Attachment Theory’ 
  • Inter-generational theories of attachment 
  • Implications for clinical practice
  • Therapeutic work: ‘Parent and child game’ (Play based intervention aimed at improving parent/child interactions).


There will be an opportunity to get details about the learning pathways that we have at Accrington and Rossendale College in relation to mental health.

Raffle Prize Draw – Attendees will be given the opportunity to enter our raffle and have a chance to win a goody bag. Proceeds to Student Charity.


To reserve your place please contact Jacqueline Fuller on 01254 354114 or email


June 29, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Accrington and Rossendale College
Broad Oak Campus, Broad Oak Road
Accrington, Lancashire BB5 2AW United Kingdom
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