Just Faking It?: Exploring issues of the mind and body underlying somatising disorders.

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3 Feb 2017

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Hilton Southampton
Bracken Place, Chilworth
SO16 3RB

Somatic symptoms can be distressing and have a negative  impact on day-to-day life. When the amount of distress that is experienced and the degree to which functioning is affected seem disproportionate or when no medical explanation for these symptoms can be found, management and treatment of these difficulties becomes infinitely more complex.

Covering a wide range of topics, this conference explores key issues in our understanding and management of young people with somatisation disorders.

This conference is suitable for those working with children and young people in primary care, education, social care and youth-based services as well as those working in both physical and mental health.


Content covered during the day includes:

  • A look back at the concept of hysteria, its changing meaning and its fit in modern day psychiatry;
  • An exploration of the complex issues encountered when navigating the interfaces between somatisation and safeguarding;
  • An overview of the evidence base for treating functional symptoms as well as the skills needed for engaging young people with assessment and treatment of these;
  • Examination of non-attendance at school and how this is understood;


Our speakers

Dr Carlos Hoyos

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at Southampton University School of medicine.

Dr Sheila Peters

Consultant Paediatrician and Clinical Lead for Bursledon House University Hospital Southampton.

Dr Sally Wicks

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Southampton General Hospital.

Dr Caroline Stokes

Clinical Psychologist, Chronic Fatigue Research and Treatment Unit, Maudsley Hospital, London.

Dr Matt Baker

Educational and Child Psychologist, Plymouth Psychology Service.


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St Saviour's House
39-41 Union Street
London SE1 1SD, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7403 7458
email: events@acamh.org

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