22 January 2019

Ever wondered what support CAMHS teams provide to families?

Wish you could have 20 minutes with a specialist counsellor to talk about your issues as a parent?

Are you a child or young person who would like to talk to someone neutral about difficulties with family relationships?

Well, our Open Doors Festival could be just the chance you are after.

Newham’s Children and Family Counselling Service are throwing open their doors to anyone who wants to talk to them about family issues as part of Children's Mental Health Week which runs from 4-10 February 2019.

Families usually have to be referred to the Plaistow-based via their school, nursery, GP, social worker or other professional. For one week only, the team will be available to talk to young people, parents, grandparents, teachers, child minders … anyone who wants to pick the brains of a child specialist for 20-30 minutes.

This is the first time the service has contemplated this unique approach.

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr Paula Corredor Lopez and the team are interested to see if this is a helpful approach for local people.  "The Children and Families Counselling Service in Newham is keen to improve accessibility so that more families can benefit from the service. We know that parents and young people do their best to manage the highs and lows of family life, and deal with bumps in the road along the way.

However, it can sometimes be frustrating for families and referrers when the issues they face do not meet the criteria to be referred to the service or when families have to wait to get an appointment. So this is an opportunity to turn up and speak to a child specialist for 20-30 minutes or trial a group or activity"

What's Happening and When
The aim is to put Children's Mental Health Week firmly on the Newham map, through immediate support and timely interventions!

Visitors can simply come along from 10.00am-16.00pm on Monday 4th February to Wednesday 6th February to talk to a counsellor or therapist.

Trial Some Sessions
On Thursday 7th February and Friday 8th February 2019, they can join in with some groups and activities to trial some therapies and interventions such as 1:1 consultations, information and resources, mini-group interventions, workshops and taster-treatment sessions for any young person or parent who attends.

Examples of the workshops on offer: mindfulness, behaviour management (for parents), managing my low mood, managing my anxiety, 'How to help my child who self-harms' (for parents), managing exams stress, etc...

No need to book, families just need to turn up and come and talk to the team.

The Open Door Festival will take place at:

Child and Family Counselling Service
411 Barking Road
E13 8AL

Tell Your Friends and Colleagues
Please spread the work to your community, your colleagues, to kindly get the word out to anyone that you think could benefit from talking to a CAMHS professional.

 No need to book, families just need to turn up and come and talk to the team.

This is the first time the team have offered a week like this so make the most of this unique opportunity.%3<<<<<<<<<


  • Barbara, 01/02/2019

    Please can you confirm if Family Therapists are HCPC registered? Or what regulatory body do you work under?

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