Supporting Staff Wellbeing Webinars: Parent Mental Health & Couple Conflict

Supporting Staff Wellbeing Webinars: Parent Mental Health & Couple Conflict

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Free webinars on Maternal Mental Health & Parental Self-Care, and Couple Conflict & Seeking Support

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In May, KeepingWell NCL are partnering with Islington CAMHS Early Years Service to raise awareness of the issues that can affect our staff at home, and how staff can support themselves and their colleagues.

Friday 6th May, 1-2pm, via Zoom: Maternal Mental Health and Parental Self-care

Friday 20 May, 1-2pm, via Zoom: Couple Conflict and Abusive Relationships

For many health and care staff, the transition from caring for others to caring for a baby during and after pregnancy can be bumpy. This Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, we want to raise awareness among healthcare workers about the challenges this transformative period can bring in parents’ lives. Early Years and Hub practitioners Kate Watchorn and Panos Vythoulkas will discuss common challenges for parents, parental self-care tips, and how the Hub can support individuals and managers seeking support for perinatal mental health difficulties.

In part two of this webinar series, practitioners Fraser Anderson and Panos Vythoulkas will discuss the important topic of couple conflict and how to seek support safely when relationships become abusive. Health and social care workers, particularly women and their children, are just as vulnerable to domestic violence and abuse (DVA) as those they care for. This webinar aims to reduce stigma and raise awareness about DVA among staff and managers, by discussing why this topic has been taboo socially and in the workplace, and providing information on identifying red flags for DVA and seeking support safely.

About the facilitators

Dr Kate Watchorn is a clinical psychologist, working for the Whittington NHS trust as part of NCL. Kate works for the ‘Parent and Baby Psychology Service’, offering psychological interventions for parents expecting a baby, and parents with a baby under one, who are finding the transition to parenthood challenging. As a whole family service, this work may focus on parental mental health, the developing parent-infant bond and/or the parental relationship. Kate also has previous experience working in a mother and baby unit, supporting mothers with more acute mental health needs requiring an inpatient admission.

Fraser Anderson is a Clinical Psychologist in the Growing Together team in Islington, a service that supports the mental health of parents and their children aged 1-5. Fraser has conducted research on the topic of domestic violence and abuse, parental mental health, and parenting.

Panos Vythoulkas is a Clinical Psychologist and joined NCL Keeping Well Hub in September 2021as a Senior Hub Practitioner. After doing his Clinical Psychology training abroad, he moved in to the UK to work in the NHS. The last few years he has worked in various setting across North Central London, such as Adult Primary and Secondary Care Mental Health as well as Perinatal Psychology and Early Years Services. He started his NHS career working in Forensic Mental Health settings and has an interest in health and social care staff wellbeing, safety in the workplace and in supporting staff and teams coping with the impact of their work on their emotional wellbeing.

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All staff working in health and social care services within Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Camden, and Islington are welcome to attend either one or both of these sessions. Please sign up using your work email address.

This webinar will take place over Zoom. A link to the meeting will be emailed to you two days before the event, and again on the day of the event. Please note that this webinar will be recorded and will be uploaded to our website for other NCL NHS and social care staff to watch in the future.

If you would like to explore our resources or find out about our other events and what support we offer, please visit our website: https://keepingwellncl.nhs.uk/

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