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Title: Child mental health practitioners' knowledge and experiences of children's educational needs and services.
Authors: Vostanis, P
Taylor, H
Day, C
Edwards, R
Street, C
Weare, K
Wolpert, M
First Published: Jul-2011
Citation: CLIN CHILD PSYCHOL PSYCHIATRY, 2011, 16 (3), pp. 385-405
Abstract: The improved joint working between child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and schools is a policy priority. Although there have been a range of school-based initiatives and studies on teachers' awareness of mental health issues, there has been limited evidence on the training needs of CAMHS practitioners. The aim of this study was to explore how much CAMHS staff know about educational issues and how confident they feel working collaboratively with education colleagues. Ninety-six staff from four specialist CAMHS completed a questionnaire with 40 items on perceptions of knowledge, practice and attitudes towards educational issues and services, and three case vignettes. Despite the fact that participants reported frequent contact with children with education-related needs and with education services, they also highlighted concerns about their level of training and skills in this regard. Perceptions of knowledge and attitudes significantly predicted response to case vignettes. Previous training and experience were associated with knowledge, but did not predict case vignettes scores. The results suggest that training of CAMHS staff should be integral to all services in helping improve their understanding of school and education systems, improve clinical skills in detecting education-related mental health problems, and develop strategies in increasing joint working.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1359104510366283
eISSN: 1461-7021
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Psychology

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