The role of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in supporting adoption
Using the evidence-base to inform effective multi-agency adoption provision
Thursday March 13th, 4pm – 6pm
Committee rooms, Glamorgan Building
Dr Matt Woolgar
Public lecture delivered by Dr Matt Woolgar, a consultant clinical psychologist and academic researcher at Kings College London and a leading figure in the fields of adoption and fostering.
Children adopted from care are likely to have a much higher rate of mental health problems than birth children yet many parents we see report significant difficulties with getting the right care, at the right time from CAMHS. This talk will examine some of the reasons why these difficulties can arise, including the emerging evidence from the neurobiology of maltreatment and neglect. Some recommendations will be offered for how the potential barriers to effective engagement with CAMHS services could be overcome, especially with regard to effective assessment approaches. Finally, the role of emerging partnerships between CAMHS and third sector organisations will be considered.
Dr Woolgar is Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the National Adoption & Fostering Service and the National Conduct Problems Clinic, Maudsley Hospital, SLAM NHS Foundation Trust, London. He is also a Senior Researcher with the National Academy of Parenting Research, in King’s College London in which he leads the evidence-based measurement of parenting program, and is a co-investigator of an RCT for a novel parenting intervention for children with callous-unemotional traits.
He co-leads the Parenting programme in the UCL-KCL Diploma for the DoH’s Children & Young Peoples’ IAPT, a multi-level initiative to transform children’s mental services through NHS, social care and 3rd sector partnerships. He recently designed the Maudsley’s assessment and treatment model for a new Social Impact Bond funded care package for adopted families in partnership with 3rd sector services.
Dr Woolgar was an academic in attachment and developmental psychopathology before training as a clinician. His current research interests include the application of evidence-based parenting programs to special populations, including looked after children and children with callous-unemotional traits and the correct identification of attachment disorders. Dr Woolgar has had a long-standing research interest in the impact of parental psychopathology on infant and child attachment and the measurement of attachment security beyond infancy.