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To mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 Bournemouth University and Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust are running a one day conference to discuss the topic of Young People and self-harm.

Event Date: 16 May 2018
Time: 9:00-16:00
Venue: 2nd floor of the Executive Business Centre (EBC), Lansdowne Campus, Bournemouth University, BH8 8EB

9:00 Registration and refreshments
9:20 Welcome from Bournemouth University and Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


9:30-11:15 Morning keynote presentations

Title: What is self-harm, what is it not and why is it so hard to stop?

Times: 9:30-10:15

Abstract: During this session, Pooky will explore the wide range of behaviours that constitute self-harm as well as helping you understand why self-harm is a coping mechanism that is becoming ever more prevalent. We’ll discuss the common myths and misconceptions surrounding self-harm and we’ll consider why the self-harm cycle perpetuates as well as considering practical first steps for breaking that cycle and taking the first steps towards recovery.

Speaker: Dr Pooky Knightsmith

Title: Young people and Self Harm - Tackling Transitions

Times: 10:30-11:15

Abstract: With the heightened awareness and recognition of the mental health needs of children and young people, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the services currently available to support these needs are struggling to meet the demand. But it is also at times of transition when this struggle becomes most pressing and most transparent, with many children, young people and their parents feeling confused and uncertain about what support may or may not be available in the future. This talk will look to explore some of the difficulties that arise around transitions; focusing not just on transitions from Child and Adolescent mental health services to Adult mental health services, but also thinking about other transitions such as primary school to secondary school, or from college to university, and how these transitions can significantly impact on our mental health. Nick suggests that if we are to address difficulties that arise through / across transitions then it is a more relational approach to mental health support that will be required. This emphasis on relationships needs to be considered not just in service delivery and design, but also through offering more innovative and creative approaches to support; approaches that also prioritise the role and importance of peer support.

Speaker: Dr Nick Barnes

11:15-12:00 Morning workshops

Workshop 1

Title: Working collaboratively with parents of young people who self-harm

Abstract: Abstract: The Families Learning About Self-Harm (Flash) programme is a 10 week parenting based intervention aimed at helping parents to manage and support their young people age 11-17 who are exhibiting self-harming behaviours. The 10 sessions cover: Introduction to the programme, Teen development, Self-harm reality and fears, Listening skills, Raising self-esteem, walking on eggshells, consequences, managing difficult times , the others and putting it all together. The programme was developed by Jeannie Gordon and Sarah Brazier (Ministry of parenting, Essex) because at that time there were no identified services offered to parent/carers to enable them to explore self-harm, share and problem solve the complex issues that they face when their YP is hurting or trying to kill themselves. The group aims to support YP by encouraging parents/carers to improve their listening skill and coping strategies, build empathy and improve relationships between parents and YP. The Philosophy of the programme is built on the work of Carolyn Webster Stratton who is the author of “The Incredible Years” 1992 book which is based on working with parents in a collaborative process.

Speakers: Luke Webb (Inpatient CAMHS nurse) and Gillian Banks, (Primary mental health nurse), Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust

Workshop 2

Title: Helping young people to help themselves

Abstract: A workshop looking at how peer support has benefitted those taking part in Addaction’s ‘Mind and Body’ programme. Delegates will be shown some of the tools used with ‘Mind and Body’ participants and will be signposted to a range of resources they can use in their own work with young people.

Rick Bradley, Operations Manager, Mind and Body

Workshop 3

Title: Supporting children and young people with emotional issues – innovations within School Nursing

Abstract: In response to National and local identification of the need for more support for the emotional health of children and young people the Pan Dorset School Nursing Service developed a Self-Help not Self-Harm Campaign with supporting materials . Cheryl alongside other members of Dorset Healthcare coordinated Dorset School Nursing and Dorset school children’s role in a national ‘Health Uncovered’ podcasts programme. Cheryl is the lead for the pan Dorset School Nurse ChatHealth texting service started in June 2017 which has identified and supported multiple young people with concerns about their emotional health, self-harm, safeguarding concerns, sexual health queries and information requests. Cheryl has lead on the Emotional Health and Wellbeing developments within the service to support school age children and young people through staff training, liaison with and support from, CAMHs, and in partnership with locality services. Topics for the workshop are –

• Self-Help not Self-Harm campaign
• ChatHealth texting service
• National podcasts
• Ongoing work

Cheryl Wellington, School Nurse Lead East Dorset, Christchurch & Purbeck

Lunch 12:00-13:00

Afternoon Keynote presentations: 13:00-14:30

Title: Not today: how I chose life

Time: 13:00-13:45

Abstract: How do you come to terms with a lifetime of pain, post traumatic stress, gender dysphoria, depression, suicidal feelings and self harm? To move on from this to not only love and accept yourself, but to thrive and fight to help others?

Speaker: Sophie Cook, Writer, speaker, broadcaster & diversity champion

Title: Self harm in young people- a primary care perspective.

Time: 13:45-14:30

Abstract: With the heightened awareness about young people's mental health, and in particular, the growing recognition of self harm, it is clear that world of primary care, and in particular, general practitioners, is struggling to support young people and their families access the support they require. At the same time it is becoming apparent that specialist services are never likely to meet the need, despite the wider CAMHS transformation agenda being rolled out through the proposals outlined in Future in Mind. Hence, Lise will argue that Primary care and GPs need to be very much at the centre of all changes that emerge if we are to ensure that young people can access appropriate care, especially if we are to ever achieve parity of esteem. With GPs traditionally holding a gate keeping role within the NHS, and being the clinician with key clinical responsibility for the young person, it is essential that we find ways of skilling up the primary care workforce, as well as ensuring there are the tools and interventions needed within primary care, if we are truly transform the care on offer for young people who self harm. General practitioners need to understand self harm, but they also need to be informed on how best to work alongside young people who self harm, maintaining their role as potential referrers to specialist support, advocates for their families, and supporters of more innovative ways of working, such as commissioning the use of online platforms. This talk is a call to arms to ensure that GPs and other primary care providers are adequately informed and equipped to ensure the needs of young people who self harm are met in settings, contexts and services that are both accessible and meaningful to the young person.

Speaker: Dr Lise Hertel, Divisional Clinical Director for Integrated Care, University College London Hospitals, Portfolio GP, GP appraiser, Chair of South East Mental Health Commissioning Network meetings. LMC member.

14:30-15:15 Afternoon workshops

Workshop 1

Title: Challenges and Insights in providing digital counselling for self harm

Abstract: Kooth has been delivering digital counselling and support services for over fourteen years. It started before Facebook and when there was still dial up. In this time we have delivered over 110,ooo hours of counselling and support to children and young people (CYP), and it is currently available in just over a third of England and Wales. We have worked with the range of self-harming behaviours in this time, and provide ongoing support through our different support channels: web-based 1-1 chat with counsellors; messaging counselling; facilitated peer-peer support and self help tools and information. We understand that self harm is an important coping mechanism, particularly in adolescence. This workshop will examine why CYP choose to access services in this way, and how we can manage this presenting issue in a safe and effective way.

Aaron Sefi

Workshop 2

Abstract: TBC
Speaker: TBC

Workshop 3

Taking a Whole School Approach to self-harm
Abstract: In an average class of 30 15-year-old pupils - six may be self-harming. Schools and colleges play a significant and valuable role in helping to promote student emotional health and wellbeing, within a wider multi-agency approach. This workshop will introduce the Eight Principles of the Whole School Approach and seek to engage participants in identifying and reflecting on key roles they can play in supporting pupils to be resilient and mentally healthy.
Speakers: Joanne Wilson, Head of Programmes, Public Health Dorset; Dr Caoimhe OSullivan, Public Health Registrar Public Health Dorset

15:30-16:00 Panel discussion

16:00 Conference closes

Speaker Biographies

Dr Pooky Knightsmith
An internationally respected face of child and adolescent mental health, Pooky works tirelessly to ‘be the change she wants to see’. A prolific keynote speaker, lecturer, trainer and author, she develops and shares practical, evidence-informed approaches to promoting mental health – arming health and education staff with the skills, information and knowledge they need to support the children in their care; whilst also working hard to drive collaboration and change at a national and international level amongst politicians and charity, business and service leads.

Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, is the author of five books and is the current vice chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. She’s also a Mum of two who works hard every day to win her own battles against PTSD, anorexia, self-harm and depression. You can follow Pooky on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn

Rick Bradley
Rick is the Operations Manager of ‘Mind and Body’, a programme which works with young people involved in or deemed vulnerable to self harming behaviours. He works for Addaction, a national charity working to support people around mental health as well as drug and alcohol use. Rick is a passionate advocate of early intervention support for young people, encouraging open discussion of issues before they become more problematic.

Rick also leads Addaction’s work around new psychoactive substances, and is part of Public Health England’s Clinical Group who co-ordinate responses to emerging substance trends.

Aaron Sefi
Aaron Sefi is a Director of Development and Research Lead for XenZone, which provides Kooth services.

Aaron has managed and delivered online and face-to-face services across the UK for the past 8 years. In this time he has worked closely with many CCG and Local Authority commissioners to help shape models for integrated services that provide early help and support for emerging mental health problems.

Based in Cornwall, he plays an active role on the local CAMHS Transformation Board. He has been Digital Lead for the (Big Lottery) Headstart Initiative in Cornwall. He has recently led on a digital inclusion project in partnership with Minded to provide professionals with a resource to better understand young people’s digital lives.

Aaron has conducted and implemented research projects evaluating school based and online counselling, and goal-based outcome measures. He has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools (DOI: 10.1017/jgc.2016.20); Pastoral Care in Education (2011, 30:1) and Counselling Psychotherapy Research (2011, 11:4). He has also contributed chapters to The Handbook of Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (Cooper and Dryden, 2016); Adolescent Counselling Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice (Hanley et al, 2013), and has written numerous training sessions for the Counselling MindED e-learning programme, and has presented papers at numerous research conferences.

Dr Nick Barnes
Nick is a young people’s psychiatrist, cognitive analytic therapist and honorary senior lecturer at University College London. He is also the strategic lead on More than Mentors - a 3 year, Department of Health funded study into the impact of peer mentoring on building emotional resilience for children and young people in schools and community settings. With over 15 years of work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, supported by nearly 20 years of voluntary youth sector involvement, Nick has been keen to find a broader offer for children, young people and their families to enable them to engage with mental health support earlier, preventing these difficulties from becoming entrenched and enduring. Through peer support, collaborative practice and working where children and young people "are at" ,Nick has been involved in a number of projects that seek to build emotional resilience and offer genuine opportunities for change in settings and situations that are accessible and meaningful to children, young people and their families.

Sophie Cooke
Ex-RAF, motorbike racer, newspaper editor, Premier League football and rock photographer, self harm and suicide survivor and transgender.

Sophie Cook is a media personality and activist whose wide portfolio of work includes presenting, producing, writing and photography. She became the first transgender woman to work in football’s Premier League as club photographer for AFC Bournemouth following her transition from Steve to Sophie in the summer of 2015. Europe’s first trans TV newscaster, Sophie has hosted her own TV and radio chat shows and is an experienced broadcaster.

Sophie has become an in-demand public speaker, delivering keynote talks and LGBT workshops for high profile organisations such as the TUC, Google, JP Morgan, Virgin Media and Stonewall.

In April 2017 she was selected by the Labour Party to contest the East Worthing and Shoreham seat, increasing the Labour vote by 114% and narrowly missing out on becoming the UK’s first transgender MP, for now.

Dr Lise Hertel
Current roles; Divisional Clinical Director for Integrated Care, University College London Hospitals, Portfolio GP, GP appraiser, Chair of South East Mental Health Commissioning Network meetings. LMC member.

Previous roles/achievements; Clinical Associate NHSE New Care Models Team(Alumni), Clinical Lead for North Central London Integrated Urgent Care Service, North Central London, Primary Care Mental health steering group – Enhanced Models of Primary Care in Mental Health. A&I reference Panel-NICE; Mental health lead Newham CCG-responsible for creating Primary Care Mental Health Service, Eating Disorders Pilot, Diabetes and SMI pilot, RAID service, Mental Health Triage ward and HSJ award for Innovation in mental health- for work with Reprezent radio exploring young people’s views on mental health and stigma. Children's Safeguarding Lead, CHC Chair for Newham. Involved with STP North East London. Mental health training for LPC and UEL. Emergency care lead and Pathology Lead for Newham PCT.

Chair CRG Perinatal MH Access and Waiting Times, MH4Life, Primary Prevention of Mental illness (E.T.H.I.Cs),ERG Guidelines for MH Crisis Care in the community, Member of London Strategic Clinical Network for Mental Health

Part of The Children’s Mental Health Commission chaired by Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP- Report; Children and Young People’s Mental Health; Time to deliver.

Cheryl Wellington
Cheryl is an Adult, Paediatric and Public Health registered nurse who has been in School Nursing for 22 years.

Luke Webb
Luke is a registered Learning Disability nurse and has been qualified for 10 years. Luke started his career by supporting Adults with a learning disability in both inpatient and community settings. For the past five years he has been working in a CAMHS inpatient unit named Pebble Lodge in Dorset. Luke has facilitated many flash groups in Dorset and aims to build the service and delivery of Flash and STOP courses to ensure that parents and carers are receiving the support that they need.

Gillian Banks
Gill is a Primary Mental Health Therapist in North Dorset CAMHS. Gill trained as a family, relationship & young people’s therapist. She worked with Relate from 2005 to 2011. During her time with Relate she specialised in 1.1 therapies, delivered groups for separated parents and worked as an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor supporting women and men of all ages throughout the court process. In 2011 she joined the NHS and continues to offer 1;1 therapy, deliver groups and is currently completing the Cognitive Analytical Therapy training. She is the first level 3 FLASH trainer in Dorset and is the CAMHS service lead on delivering and supporting professionals with training, supervision and delivering the Flash Programme.

Marion Alborough
Marion is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and has worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for 16 years. For the last 8 years her role has included being a Camhs Crisis Nurse working with children, young people and their families in crisis. Part of this work involves assessing and supporting young people who have presented at Emergency Departments with self harming behaviours. In her community role she runs evidenced based groups for parents and/or young people. One of the groups she runs is the Families

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