We meet with families to think together about concerns, understand them better and work on agreed goals for positive change.
Co-operating with other professionals within City & Hackney Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services allows us to make good use of a range of skills needed to deliver quality evidence based support and to follow shared CAMHS best practice guidelines. Psychologists work with other professionals to join up strategies and approaches
Clinical Psychology and Paediatrics
Part of the work of the psychology team is to see families at joint neuro-developmental clinic appointments with a Community Paediatrician.
Together we think about the child’s needs e.g. skills, behaviour, emotions and development within in the context of a family in order to plan treatment/diagnostic pathways.
Diagnosis and Intervention
CAMHS Disability clinicians work alongside medical/therapy colleagues, to provide specialist assessments and treatment for specific disorders e.g. ASD, ADHD, in accordance with NICE guidelines. Please click here for more information about ASD assessment process.
Assessment of skills may take a while. This is important so that we can work in partnership with all involved and see skills across time and settings.
Sometimes families need time to understand why their child’s development is not the same as other children, or to think about diagnosis, and the impact of this on the whole family.
We work with families to think about different perspectives when thinking about presenting concerns. Hearing the different points of view of family members can help us to get a fuller picture of what may be happening and how we can be helpful.
Some children and young people experience disabilities affecting their development as well as mental health. The CAMHS MDT team can assess and treat both aspects of difficulty as well as:
- Dual Diagnosis e.g. ASD and ADHD
- Psycho-pharmacological intervention (medication)
- State of mind assessment
- Trauma and attachment
- Family therapy
- Emotional response to diagnosis
Group work offers a chance to meet other people in a similar situation and is an opportunity to learn specific skills that can be helpful and tailored to individuals for current and future emotional behavioural presentations.
Types of Group Work:
- Positive Parenting Group is a group for parents of primary school children who have a learning disability (without a diagnosis of autism)
- Siblings groups include Young Siblings (for children and young people aged 6-11) and Adolescent Siblings (aged 11-19)
- Next Steps is a group for parents of children (0-5) who have been recently diagnosed with ASD
- Autism Parents coffee morning (See Leaflet)
- The Teenage Years is a group for parents of Adolescents/Young people aged 11+ or entering puberty with LD without ASD
- Cygnet is a parenting support programme aimed at:
-Parents/carers whose children are over 8 and have recently received a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder
-Parents/carers whose children are over 8 and would like more support to understand their child’s autism and meeting their needs.
-Developed by the charity Barnardos and run by Cygnet trained professionals; there are six group sessions, one session a week covering the following core topics: Diagnosis, communication, sensory issues, understanding behaviour, managing behaviour, puberty & relationships.
- Early Bird/Early Bird + (ASD)
Listen to children and young people talk about our Siblings Group.
The Play Specialist at the Ark works with all children and young people aged 0-19 yrs and takes referrals for short-term individual work to develop a child’s skills through play, and to develop their range of interests.
Social Communication Assessment Clinic (SCAC)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment service for children aged 5-13 without a primary learning difficulty (higher functioning). The SCAC clinic is a multi-agency pathway including paediatrics and psychology (Hackney Ark), specialist mental health CAMHS (East London Foundation NHS Trust), Speech and Language therapy and educational psychology (The Learning Trust, Hackney) and clinical psychologists (Hackney Social Care).
SCAC offers individualised autism assessments comprising of the ADOS and 3Di-R (standardised assessments undertaken by specially trained clinicians). Alongside this SCAC undertakes an observation of the child in a familiar setting (home or school) and a developmental history from caregivers. All assessments are completed according to NICE guidelines (within 18 weeks) where possible and use the DSM-5 to reach a diagnosis. Please click here for more information about ASD assessment process.
Trauma and attachment clinic
This clinic focuses on how trauma around disability may have affected family relationships and enables thinking about how these relationships can be enhanced and become more enjoyable. The clinic was set up to provide early intervention to help prevent negative patterns of relating, developing within the family. In particular we offer parent-infant psychotherapy, couple psychotherapy and video interaction guidance (VIG).
A new psychological service between CAMHS Disability and Homerton University Hospital has been set up for families who have had babies born early or who require support from the Neonatal Intensive care unit (NICU).
Family Therapy clinic
Everything was good, we always had an interpreter. The professionals were very comforting. We were attending as a family which was good to hear a range of viewpoints.
The Family Therapy Service is made up of a Family Therapist, Clinical Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists. Family therapy is different to other approaches as often there is a reflective team working alongside the therapists you will see. We find that ideas from people in the team help you to make progress with the difficult situations that you and your family can face.