Doncaster Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) offers a therapeutic intervention service to children aged 5 – 18 years old and their families. There are a variety of therapeutic options available. The right choice for therapy will depend on:
- type of difficulty a child has
- clinical guidance
- evidence base
- personal preference of the child and family.
The main evidence based therapies offer currently are:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – A therapy that supports a child or family to work on their difficulties by learning about the connections between thoughts, behaviours, physical body responses and the impact these can have on feelings.
Family Therapy – When one member of a family has a difficulty, it tends to impact on everyone in the family. Often solving a problem or difficulty for a child or young person requires support from family members. Family therapy is a kind of therapy that helps families work together to improve relationships and to support each other in finding solutions to problems resulting from mental health difficulties.
Clinical Psychology – It can be helpful to have a more detailed assessment of what is going on for a child and/or their family. The clinical psychologists in the service can offer more detailed assessments, including, for example formal assessment measures like psychometric assessment. These more detailed assessments can lead to an individualised understanding of a young person’s mental health presentation and recommendations for moving forwards.
Referral to the therapies pathway usually happens once a young person has been offered a service through their locality workers, and the child, family and locality worker agree that a more formal therapeutic intervention might be of benefit.