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Terms / acronyms beginning with 'A'...

  • AIM (Assessment Intervention and Moving on) assessments – This assessment process is used by professionals to assess young people who have committed a sexual assault or harmful sexual behaviour. Through this assessment, professionals will recommend a programme of work together to meet any identified/unmet need that may partly explain the behaviour, and/or help reduce the likelihood of it happening again.

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  • If needed, when a young person reaches 18, their CAMHS team will help them prepare to move (transition) to Adult Mental Health Services. There may be some instances where this may be earlier than 18, or later than 18, depending on individual circumstance. 

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Terms / acronyms beginning with 'B'...

  • Behavioural activation is an evidence-based treatment often used to treat depression/low mood. It encourages a person to develop or get back into activities which are meaningful to them.

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Terms / acronyms beginning with 'C'...

  • CAMHS is an acronym for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

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  • The CAMHS Core Team assess and provide therapy for young people (and their families) with moderate to severe mental health difficulties.

     

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  • The EDS Service is a separate service within CAMHS for young people who are experiencing an Eating Disorder, such as Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia.

     

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  • A Lead Professional may be called a care co-ordinator if a young person is open to the CPA (Care Programme Approach) and/or been in an inpatient hospital. The name reflects that they are the person that has responsibility to make sure that a young person is getting the support and care they need.

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  • A Care Plan is a child/young person's treatment plan that is tailored to suit their specific needs, personal goals, and symptoms. It specifies the care a child/young person needs to develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. This Care Plan should be agreed on with both the Lead Professional and Young Person, and can be reviewed and changed if needed. 

     

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  • CBT is a talking therapy that helps manage problems by helping you challenge the way you think and behave. CBT is mainly used to treat anxiety and depression but it can also be used to treat a variety of other difficulties. There are also lots of variations of CBT including Trauma-focused CBT and CBT-E (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders).

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  • The CCETT Team is the team a young person sees if they are experiencing mental health crisis and/or need more intensive support within the community or at home to help prevent admission into an inpatient unit.

     

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  • A CIN is legally defined as a child who is unlikely to have the opportunity to achieve or maintain a reasonable standard of health and/or development without extra services. This is the level where a social worker would typically be involved and there would be regular meetings with the social worker and other professionals to make sure a young person is getting the right support.

     

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  • Clinical lead practitioners are senior clinicians within a team.  They will often offer supervision to staff within their team and have a lot of clinical experience, meaning they can offer a range of interventions to young people and their families.

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  • If a young person is under ‘child protection’ it means there is reason to believe that the child/young person is at risk of significant harm unless significant changes are made to prevent this. A social worker would be heavily involved and be coordinating care, and there would be regular meetings with family, social worker and other professionals to make sure a young person is getting the right support to reduce the risk of the child/young person being harmed.

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  • The Care Programme Approach is a package of care that is used to support someone with a mental health condition and aid recovery. If a young person is under CPA, they will have a care plan which identifies strengths, difficulties, goals and support needs. A young person would also have a care coordinator who would work with the young person to monitor their care and support.

     

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  • CYP relates to children and young people from birth until their 18th birthday. Once a child is 18 years of age they are legally an adult. This term is often used to describe the children and young people we support in our services.

    Across all of our services our priority is to support children and young people to improve their overall health and well-being and to enable them to have a good quality of life and to feel valued and understood.

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  • DBT is another type of talking therapy that was adapted from CBT but it is used for people who feel very intense emotions. In CAMHS we also run DBT skills groups where young people learn skills together to cope with such difficulties.

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  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that can help form and repair connections and attachment between children, young people and their parent/carers. This type of therapy can help children/young people who find it hard to feel safe and secure with parents, due to difficult or traumatic early life experiences. These early experiences can result in the young person experiencing high levels of anxiety that result in them wanting to control their relationships and struggle with their emotions. This type of therapy involves working closely with parents/carers to help the young person feel more emotionally secure.

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  • An Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire is a questionnaire all about how an eating disorder affects you day to day. By completing it at the start of therapy and then every 28 days it tracks your recovery.

     

     

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  • EMHP is an acronym for Education Mental Health Practitioner. Education mental health practitioners (EMHPs) are trained to assess and support children and young people (CYP) with a range of Low Intensity interventions, primarily in a school or college setting that are based on cognitive behavioural therapy. Students will be expected to attend university during the training year – approximately 2 days a week.

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  • EFA is a group delivered by the  CCETTs Team (CAMHS Crisis and Enhanced Treatment Team) within CAMHS. The purpose of this group is to teach young people/their families how to cope and soothe distressing emotions/negative feelings. It is aimed to teach young people how to self-manage and reduce stress and crisis levels. Parent EFA is a very similar group, but it is delivered to the parents of the young person in need of support.

     

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  • EMDR helps with disturbing thoughts and feelings that may occur if you have experienced a traumatic event. EMDR helps the brain reprocess memories of a traumatic event so you can let go of them.

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  • This is a questionnaire given to young people and their families to enable them to have their say and share their experience of service, including whether they are satisfied with the service.

     

     

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  • The NHS makes sure that you get the best possible care to suit your needs. When health professionals offer treatment and support to a young person, they base this on evidence from large-scale research and NHS guidelines, alongside the preferences of the patient and their clinical judgement.

     

     

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Terms / acronyms beginning with 'F'...

  • FBT-E is a talking therapy which aims to prevent young people with Eating Disorders (such as Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa) having to be hospitalized, by assisting parents/carers to help their adolescent in recovery, and help them get back to their typical adolescent life.

     

     

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  • A formulation can be created at the start of treatment. It aims to help a young person understand and make sense of their difficulties and symptoms, considering a young person’s environment, relationships, social relationships and past life events. A formulation can then be used to develop a care plan and treatment 

     

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  • Future 4 me is a service in Lincolnshire that supports young people who may be at risk of being in the criminal justice system and/or committing crimes. Through providing support and working with these young people, the hope is that it will reduce crime and protect victims.

     

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Terms / acronyms beginning with 'G'...

  • A GP is a Doctor based within the community that treats people with mild and chronic illnesses and/or common medical conditions. If needed, a GP can refer people to other health services, including mental health services, if they feel that person needs urgent or specialist support.

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  • Graded Exposure may be recommended as a part of CBT if young people are struggling with issues such as anxiety or phobias. Graded exposure may start with writing down a ‘ladder’ of feared situations /objects/activities that a young person might be avoiding (least feared at the bottom, most feared at the top). Then, the clinician will help the young person work up the ladder, helping expose them to these feared situation in a safe way in order to overcome anxiety. 

     

     

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  • Group facilitators are practitioners that run and deliver group sessions. 

     

     

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Terms / acronyms beginning with 'I'...

  • An Initial Assessment is usually the first appointment a young person will have with a servce. For more information, visit our website page 'my first appointment' detailing what sorts of things you may be asked in that appointment

     

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  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy-Adolescence (IPT-A) is an evidence-based approach to treat depression. The main goal of IPT-A is to decrease symptoms of depression, increase the young person’s social activity and improve the quality of their relationships and social interactions.

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Terms / acronyms beginning with 'L'...

  • A Lead professional is the person that oversees a young person’s care and is the main point of contact for that person throughout their time in CAMHS  (though there may be other professionals supporting that young person).

     

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  • A Learning Disability Nurse works to provide specialist healthcare and support to children and young people with a learning disability, as well as their families and staff teams, to help them live a fulfilling life.

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Terms / acronyms beginning with 'M'...

  • A Multi- disciplinary assessment is where a group of different professionals come together to meet with a child/young person and their family to assess current difficulties, including mental health needs. By having different professionals from different disciplines in this first assessment, different perspectives and ideas can be discussed together with the family, helping make sure the young person gets the best treatment possible.

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  • An MDT is a group of different professionals (e.g. nurses, social worker, psychiatrists) who discuss and make decisions on recommended treatment together.

     

     

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  • MHST is an acronym for Mental Health Support Team. The Mental Health Support Team work in schools and colleges with children and young people aged 5 – 18. MHST aims to help children and young people and their parents / carers in the self-management of their recovery in groups or in one-to-one meetings.

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Terms / acronyms beginning with 'O'...

  • The ORS (Outcome Rating Scale) and CORS (Child Outcome Rating Scale) are measures that are used to monitor children’s, young people's and their family's feedback on progress. In session, the clinician will ask the young person to rate 4 different areas of their life on a 10cm scale (left hand of scale being the lowest, right being the highest). Through completing these every session, the clinician and young person can assess progress, including the impact of therapy. 

     

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  • In Lincolnshire CAMHS treatment 'pathways' help a clinician build or guide a young person’s care plan and are based on recommended treatment and medical guidelines. In CAMHS there are a number of different pathways depending on what a young person is struggling with e.g. low mood pathway, social anxiety pathway and eating disorder pathway.

     

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  • A care plan designed to improve the quality of a young persons life by identifying factors that can trigger and lead to challenging behaviours. The PBSP will suggest things that could be used to calm or redirect the young person's thoughts or actions into a more positive outcome. 

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  • PSW's are members of staff with lived experience of mental health difficulties, who use their personal experiences and insight to support young people in Children and Young People's Mental Health Services. Because of their lived experience, some describe PSW’s as ’bridging the gap’ between the clinician and young person. A PSW may help plan and deliver care, help young people attend groups or go out in your community to help promote recovery.

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  • Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have chosen to specialise in mental health. Psychiatrists may provide a diagnostic category (diagnosis) to describe a mental health problem and are able to prescribe medication if this is deemed appropriate. As they have a background in general medicine, part of what they may do is consider if a physical illness may have a role to play in how a young person is feeling.

     

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  • The Psychologists at CAMHS are clinical or counselling psychologists. Psychologists have received background training in academic psychology, the study of the mind and behaviour. Throughout their doctoral training they have developed skills in complex assessment and formulation of mental health and behavioural difficulties. Psychologists may provide one to one therapy, but are also trained to work with families, groups and consult with other professionals. 

     

     

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Terms / acronyms beginning with 'R'...

  • This is a parent group held in CAMHS which presents a philosophy for creating healthy relationships with children and young people through increased awareness and understanding of emotional dynamics in relationships.

     

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  • The RCADS is a questionnaire that measures symptoms of anxiety and depression, and can be used to track changes in these symptoms over time.

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  • Offer direct therapeutic work to children and young people using high intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). 

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  • A referral is a formal process that happens when a person asks a service for help. Young people may get referred to mental health services by a doctor, teacher or maybe they even refer themselves. To do this, paperwork needs to be completed describing the issues a young person is experiencing and what they need help with. 

     

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Terms / acronyms beginning with 'S'...

  • Family Therapy is exactly like it sounds; it is a type of therapy that involves the wider family. It is designed to enable young people and their family to express and explore difficult emotions and thoughts safely with the support of a therapist. The aim is to help family members understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on family strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.

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  • A SRS is a measure used to monitor and review the relationship and dynamic between the clinician and the young person. This is important as we know that this can have a big impact on a young person’s experience of therapy and whether it makes a difference.

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  • STAMP aims to support children and young people with Autism, a Learning Disability, or both, who are prescribed psychotropic medicines (psychotropic describes any drug that affects behaviour, mood, thoughts, or perception). It helps ensure they have these medicines for the right reasons in the shortest amount of time possible. 

    STAMP also empowers children and young people along with parents and carers to be involved in the decision making when starting, reducing or stopping the medication.  Alternative non-medication treatments are considered and the support available to the children and young people.

     

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  • There are lots or organisations involved in Stopping over medicating people with a Learning Disability, Autism (or both) with psychotropic medicines.  Psychotropic describes any drug that affects behavior, mood, thoughts, or perception). These organisations are working to help  these medicines when they are been over used and helping people to stay well and healthy.

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Terms / acronyms beginning with 'T'...

  • A TAC is a team of professionals that work with a young person and their family. This team of professionals may include people from school, CAMHS and Early Help Workers. These people meet up with you and your family to discuss what care will be best appropriate for you to meet your needs.

     

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  • Theraplay-informed therapy is designed to build and enhance a child’s attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and ability to enjoy play. During treatment the therapist will guide the parent/carer through playful, developmentally challenging and nurturing activities and games.

     

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Terms / acronyms beginning with 'U'...

  • Universal Services are services provided to all children, young people and families e.g. schools and GP’s. In CAMHS we typically ask that young people and family access support from a universal service before being referred to CAMHS. This is because there are usually services out there that can support young people’s emotional wellbeing before it gets to the stage where they would need to come to a mental health service.

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Terms / acronyms beginning with 'W'...

  • Watchful waiting is when a professional in CAMHS, or maybe another professional such as your GP, is keeping an eye on you over a period of time. Watchful waiting is typically used as part of an ongoing assessment i.e. to find out a little bit more about how you may be doing /coping, and what that means for you.

     

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  • A whole school approach means that all parts of the school organisation work together and are committed to promoting mental health.  This approach promotes understanding of mental health difficulties and aims to reduce the stigma around this, encouraging people to come forward for support when they need it.

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