The course has a unique approach through having workers focus on identifying the symptoms of poor mental health when making a referral. The course does not cover different diagnostic labels. This approach allows a worker to remain non-judgemental and leaves the actual diagnostic assessment to the clinician. It also gives the worker an understanding of the coping strategies to support the young person while they are waiting for a clinical intervention.

This course ensures that participants are able to:

  1. Develop coping strategies alongside a young person.
  2. Enable interdisciplinary working and access services to support the person.
  3. Support carers to explore, select, act on and review options available to them.
  4. Have an awareness of family dynamics and structures especially within difficult relationships.
  5. List the factors involved in supporting individuals to prepare for, maintain and evaluate contact in difficult or potentially difficult relationships.

Format: Taught sections, small group work, work in pairs, whole group discussion

Hand-outs: Full hand-outs and sources of further information will be provided