Clinicians and researchers in the field of child and adolescent mental health and other professionals working with children and adolescents have faced significant challenges following the Covid-19 pandemic. But they have also learnt a great deal.
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About the event
The 2021 Emanuel Miller Memorial Lecture and Conference will be a unique opportunity to discuss what has been learnt in terms of impact of the pandemic on child and adolescent mental health, clinical management of mental health conditions in children and adolescents during the pandemic and research in the field, and how clinical practice and research in child and adolescent mental health could change after the pandemic.
A stellar line-up of UK national and international speakers will share their view on specific conditions (eg, support to children and adolescents with Autism spectrum condition, and their families) or more general topics (eg, research priorities) related to child and adolescent mental health.
Who should attend
This day would be particularly beneficial to all those who work with children affected with mental health issues, such as; Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Psychologists, Speciality Doctors, Clinical leads, Nurse Practitioners, Educational Psychologists, and Social Workers.
Additionally, it is also relevant to those conducting research in the field of child and adolescent mental health, including Directors of research, Professors, Senior researchers, Principal investigators, Associate Professors, Researchers or Investigators, Assistant researchers, Post-doctoral fellow, Ph.D. students, Junior researchers.
Prices and booking
£99.00 – all levels of ACAMH Membership (approx $133, €110)
£139.00 – Non-Members (approx $189, €154)
Prices are for both days. Plus exclusive access to all lectures for up to 28 days.
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Day 1 Thursday 18 March 13.00 – 17.00 UK time, (08.00 – 12 noon Eastern Time)
Keynote – Professor Cathy Creswell; ‘Children and young people’s mental health in the context of COVID-19: The Co-SPACE study and how we have responded to it’
- To gain an overview of the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
- To learn about young people’s priorities for mental health support in the coming months
- To consider implications for supporting children and young people during the pandemic and beyond
Professor Emily Simonoff and Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian – ‘Covid-19 and ASD – the impact on mental health of young people on the autism spectrum – what do we know, and what improvements can we make for people with neurodiverse conditions post-pandemic?’
Professor Emily Simonoff will present findings from the SLAM patient survey and two parallel surveys of autistic children and young people. Dr Ann Ozsivadjian will present results from the MEND-A study looking at autism, mental health and educational experiences at three time points across the pandemic.
- To gain an overview of the effects of the pandemic on the mental health of young people on the autism spectrum
- Discuss what we have learnt about mental health services delivery and how the pandemic might have accelerated novel ways of working
- How well do these methods work for autistic young people and their families?
- What the pandemic has taught us about education delivery and how this relates to the mental health of young people with ASD
- What we know about the stress of parents of autistic young people during the pandemic
Dr. Jessica Richardson and Dr. Zoë Maiden on Anxiety
Professor Mark Stein – ‘Covid 19, Telehealth, and ADHD Management: Uncertain path.’
- ADHD Treatment and providers has been adapted quickly, moving rapidly toward remote care
- This has reduced some barriers to care but access is still limited
- Cumulative and long term effects of COVID and its management are likely to be long lasting and require innovative service delivery models for combining and sequencing interventions
Day 2 Friday 19 March 13.00 – 17.00 UK time, (08.00 – 12 noon Eastern Time)
Dr. Dasha Nicholls ‘A Perfect Storm: How and why eating disorders in young people have thrived in lockdown and what is happening to address it’
- How the pandemic has influenced eating disorders presentations in clinical services
- How young people are facing a number of eating disorders specific pressures during the pandemic
- Why do many studies of COVID impact on young people not measure impacts on eating behaviours and cognitions?
- Examples of services reorganised to offer key in person elements of treatment and those that can be delivered remotely.
- Highlighting how effective paediatric admissions have been integral to the response.
Professor David Brent – ‘Novel Approaches to the Assessment and Management of Suicidal Risk in Adolescents’
- Key challenges in the assessment of adolescent suicidal risk
- Outline the promise of the following approaches:
- Adaptive screening in emergency departments
- Machine learning of health records
- Neural signatures of suicidal risk using fMRI
- Prevention of suicidal behavior using a safety planning app
Professor Helen Minnis on Management in Schools
Professor Andrea Danese – ‘Keep cool! Co-produced psycho-education on emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic’
Professor Celso Arango – ‘What have we learnt in the clinical management and service organization’
Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke – “School of hard knocks”; Personal reflections on mental health science during a global public health crisis.
About the speakers
Professor of Developmental Clinical Psychology at Oxford University. Cathy’s research mainly focuses on the development, maintenance and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and young people. Her team in The Oxford Psychological Interventions for Children and adolescents (TOPIC) research group apply a broad range of methods (including experimental, longitudinal, clinical trial and qualitative methods and systematic reviews) with children, young people and families in both community and clinical settings, with the ultimate aim of improving access to and outcomes from psychological treatments for these common conditions.
Emily is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry where she is also head of the Department and Academic Lead for the CAMHS Clinical Academic Group in King’s Health Partners. Emily is a Senior Investigator in the National Institute of Health Research and a Theme Lead for Child Mental and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in the Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre.
Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian is an Independent Practitioner and visiting Senior Lecturer at King’s College London. She is a leading expert in the assessment and treatment of mental health difficulties in ASD, in understanding cognitive pathways to anxiety in ASD, and also working with girls and women on the autism spectrum.
Dr. Jess Richardson is the team manager for the national and specialist CAMHS Trauma, Anxiety and Depression Clinic at the Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital. She specialises in working with children and young people with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders and depression. Jess is an accredited Practitioner, Supervisor and Trainer for the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and is additionally trained in eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), narrative exposure therapy (NET) and interpersonal psychotherapy for adolescents (IPTA).
Dr. Zoë Maiden is a Senior Clinical Psychologist who joined the Trauma, Anxiety and Depression Clinic (TAD) at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in 2017. She is an accredited British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Practitioner who specialises in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for young people with severe and treatment resistant difficulties. Zoë is also trained in eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), radically open dialectical behaviour therapy (RO-DBT) and narrative exposure therapy (NET). Zoë’s prior experience includes extensive work with children and adolescents in specialist outpatient, day-patient and inpatient services. Zoë has a passion for providing interactive teaching and training in order to increase young people’s access to evidence-based treatments. Whilst working within the team, Zoë has provided teaching on various courses at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuropsychology, including the Clinical Psychology Doctorate and MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Zoë currently works in the TAD clinic part-time. Her other role is as a clinical tutor at Kings College London for CYP-IAPT (Children and Young People’s Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) courses. In this role, Zoë provides lectures, workshops and supervision to a variety of trainee therapists. Bio and image via SLaM
Dr. Mark Stein
Mark A. Stein, Ph.D., ABPP, is the director of PEARL Clinic/ADHD and Related Disorders Program at Seattle Childrens Hospital and an investigator at Seattle Childrens Research Institute. He is also a professor of psychiatry and behavioral science and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington.
Dr. Stein currently serves as the President of the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD). He is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Society of Behavioral Pediatrics, the Society of Biological Psychiatry, the International Sleep Medicine Society, the International Society of Pharmacogenomics, and the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (ISRCAP).
Dr. Stein received his B.A. from Bowling Green State University and his M.A. and Ph.D from Southern Illinois University. He had an internship with the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and a fellowship with the University of Chicago, Dept. Of Medicine. He has received many honors for his work, including being named a Fellow for the American Psychological Association, Division of Clinical Psychology, a Charter Fellow for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology.
Celso is currently Head of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service at Hospital General Universitario Gregorio. He has participated in more than 71 competitively funded research projects, as Principal Investigator in 55 of them, including projects with international funding (Stanley Foundation, NARSAD, NIMH, European Commission, etc.) and several clinical drug trials. He is also the coordinator of several multicenter projects assessing multiple prognostic factors and treatment in early-onset psychosis, and is currently participating in eight EU projects funded by the VII Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development
Edmund Sonuga-Barke is currently Professor of Developmental Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience working in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, King’s College London. He also holds Visiting Chairs at Ghent University, Aarhus University and the University of Sussex. He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. His work integrates Developmental Psychopathology and Neuroscience perspectives to employing basic developmental science approaches to study the pathogenesis of neuro-developmental and mental health conditions; their underlying genetic and environmental risks, mediating brain mechanisms and developmental outcomes. He has a particular interest in ADHD and related disorders. In 2016, Prof Sonuga-Barke was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Helen Minnis is a Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow. Professor Minnis spent time working as an Orphanage Doctor in Guatemala in the early 1990s prior to training in Psychiatry, and this stimulated an interest in the effects of early maltreatment on children’s development. Her research focus has been on Attachment Disorder: clinical aspects, assessment tools and behavioural genetics. She is now conducting intervention research for maltreated children including a randomised controlled trial of an infant mental health service for young children in foster care.
Prof Andrea Danese is Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. He is also Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the National and Specialist CAMHS Clinic for Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
The research from his team focuses on childhood trauma, and he has published widely on the consequences of childhood trauma, the biological mechanisms through which childhood trauma affects health, the mechanisms of resilience, the reversibility of biological liability linked to trauma, and treatment of trauma-related psychopathology. Dr Danese is also Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist of the National & Specialist Child Traumatic Stress & Anxiety Clinic, at the Maudsley Hospital, London, UK. This is a top-tier clinic for children with complex histories of trauma victimisation and treatment resistance. The clinic has also been advising the UK Department of Health on public health strategies and clinical response to emergencies.
Dasha is a Reader in Child Psychiatry at Imperial College London and Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Central and North West London NHS Trust and East London NHS Trust. Her research and clinical work is concerned with feeding and eating disorders in children and adolescents, including early onset eating disorders, avoidant restrictive food intake disorders, and child and adolescent obesity. Until moving to Imperial in 2018 she was Joint Head of the Feeding and Eating Disorders service at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where she led the national eating disorders team, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. (Bio via NHS Foundation Trust)
David is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Epidemiology, and Clinical and Translational Science and Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies of the University of Pittsburgh. David’s main research interests include treatment of adolescent depression, adolescent suicide prevention, and prediction of suicidal risk. Bio and image via University of Pittsburg