7 Summary of Session 6
During this session, you have explored some of the benefits of a range of different professionals working together to support children who are experiencing mental health difficulties and their families. You have considered the importance of working in effective ways with other professionals. You have also thought about the importance of voluntary organisations who can support children and families to improve their wellbeing and mental health, illustrated by the case study of Home-Start.
You should now be able to:
- understand some of the roles of key health, education and social care professionals who support children’s mental health and wellbeing within the community
- have knowledge of referral processes to services such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- explain many of the principles, benefits and challenges of working with other professionals as part of an interdisciplinary approach to children’s mental health
- reflect on the ways in which voluntary organisations such as Home-Start and other statutory services can work together to support the wellbeing of young children and their families.
In the next session, you will look at the effects of play therapy and the role of the trained counsellor in supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing. You will be introduced to activities to which children seem to respond well. You will also have the opportunity to reflect on the carefully guided use of prescribed medication for children to treat a small number of mental health conditions, and how more trauma-informed schools and organisations are emerging.
You can now go to Session 7.