AICAFMHA:
promoting mental health for young Australians

Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association Ltd
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Collated Resources for 2009
Collated Resources posted in 2009

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Mental health questionnaire for young service users
Friday 11 December 2009 10:53
The experiences of children and young people using mental health services may soon be measurable using a tool developed at King's College, London.
The Children and Adolescent Service Experience (ChASE) will ask service users aged nine to 17 and their main carers to complete 15 questions about their experiences of therapy. These will cover what young people thought of their therapist, what happened during their sessions, and whether they felt therapy had helped them.
Dr Crispin Day, head of the Child and Adolescent Mental Heath Services Research Unit at King's College, said it was important to know how satisfied young service users were. "A poor experience of treatment is associated with poor mental health outcomes and early termination," he said.
Day said ChASE questionnaires offer professionals "a powerful new way of measuring that satisfaction" in children and young people who can "reflect on their experiences and contribute to decision making in complex and sophisticated ways".
http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/2009/12/11/113414/tool-to-gauge-childrens-experiences-of-mental-health-services.htm

Posted:Dec 18, 2009

Tips and strategies for children's mental wellness
SPOTLIGHT ON CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH
Twenty-five percent of American children are being raised in a family challenged to provide enough food. Up to 10 percent of children have asthma. 186,300 children have been diagnosed with diabetes. According to the Surgeon General, 20 percent of children will experience a mental health disorder at some time between the ages of six and eighteen.
These numbers are alarming. Parents are being encouraged to prevent or minimize the effects of asthma and diabetes. I have never read a public services announcement that addressed how parents, families, and communities could either prevent or minimize the impact that mental health disorders would have on their children.
Just as we teach children how to care for their physical health, we need to teach them to care for their mental health. Many adults have grown up not knowing how to take care of their own mental health. This can make it hard for us to know how to teach our children to care for their mental health. Here are some guidelines that can help parents, teachers, or any adult who has the opportunity to have a positive influence on a child.
A child with good mental health will be successful in four critical areas of development.
First, the child will engage in productive activities. For most children, this means...
http://www.brainerddispatch.com/stories/120909/new_20091209031.shtml

Posted:Dec 15, 2009

2009 NATIONAL YOUTH SUMMIT REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE
The Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health is proud to share its report from the 2009 Portland National Youth Summit, which took place in Portland, OR on June 22, 2009.
Included in this report is a description of the Summit's planning stages, information about creating and working with a Youth Summit Advisory Board, an overview of the Summit's activities, and details about the youth-centered topics Summit participants felt were crucial to improving mental health services for youth and young adults. Highlighted on the back cover is the Mental Health Youth Bill of Rights, which was formulated during the Summit. This report could not have been created without the hard work of the youth and allies dedicated to youth voice in all arenas of social services.
http://www.rtc.pdx.edu/PDF/pbYouthSummitReport.pdf

Posted:Dec 15, 2009

Keeping Out of Trouble
A Preventive Approach for Secondary Students
Rachael Hayes & Tina Rae - Published October 2009
The Keeping Out of Trouble program will enable secondary schools to provide interventions targeted at students who are, or are at risk of, committing criminal offences. By developing the students? awareness of victims, the consequences of their actions and sensitive issues as well as by encouraging students to engage in self-reflection, students will develop the strategies, knowledge and understanding to support themselves in making informed choices about their behaviour and future actions.
This essential new resource is based on a program that was developed by staff in the Youth Offending Team and The Hillingdon Pupil Referral Unit, who recognised that students needed more support.
The program is aimed at:
- All young people, especially those who have demonstrated anti-social or criminal behaviour
- A group of young people of a similar age
- Young people who have not been identified as prolific offenders
Grades: Secondary
Price: AUD - $222.95AUD - (Includes GST, postage & handling)
NZ - $228.52 AUD - approx. $297.07 NZD (includes postage & handling)
This, and other Australian titles, available from www.thebrainary.com


Posted:Nov 20, 2009

National Child Protection Clearinghouse online Resource Sheets
The National Child Protection Clearinghouse has recently revised two online Resource Sheets.

Resource Sheet 5: Evaluating child abuse and neglect intervention programs (formerly Evaluating child abuse prevention programs)
This Resource Sheet provides an overview of the key aspects of program evaluation. It outlines different evaluation types, identifies the key elements to developing a rigorous evaluation and highlights possible limitations in evaluating interventions in the child welfare sector.

Resource Sheet 6: What is child abuse and neglect? (formerly What is child abuse?)
This Research Sheet offers general definitions for the five major types of child maltreatment (i.e., physical abuse, emotional maltreatment, neglect, sexual abuse, and the witnessing of family violence). It also details some of the complex issues surrounding definitions of child maltreatment.

The Resource Sheet can be viewed on the NCPC website at: http://www.aifs.gov.au/nch/pubs/sheets/menu.html

Posted:Nov 20, 2009


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