The MindEd Core Content programme will be an evidence-based e-learning resource, providing educational advice and training to improve mental health outcomes for children and young people.
The programme aims to provide a single source of e-learning materials, including content that covers the breadth of children and young people’s mental health, for anyone who works with children or young people on professional or amateur basis (including sports coaches, religious leaders, teachers, lawyers, social workers).
Delivered through an e-portal, the MindEd Core Content programme will ensure that all those who work with children and young people can learn some simple steps for mental health ‘first aid’ and know when to refer to more specialist help, to help speed up the detection and diagnosis of mental health issues.
MindEd Core Content will also be including a selection of sessions shared from the Healthy School Child Programme.
Counselling MindEd is a programme of e-learning modules to support the training and supervision of counselling work with children, young people and young adults. It will be freely available from March 2014.
The Counselling MindEd programme is targeted primarily at qualified counsellors who wish to develop their skills in working with children, young people and young adults; either as continuing professional development (CPD) or as part of an accredited training course. The modules are also appropriate for students on an initial counselling training who are interested in working with this client group, or for those on an initial training specifically in child, young person or young adult counselling.
The Counselling MindEd programme consists of 14 modules, each of which consists of one to five ‘sessions’ of approximately 30 minutes in length.
The Counselling MindEd programme also provides a gateway into the wider MindEd e-portal, which consists of over 200 online sessions on all aspects of children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Developed by a representative group of experts in school-aged health, the curriculum will cover all essential aspects of school-aged health and signpost the best websites, information and guidance on child health.
We are currently writing our e-learning material with a team of experts in child and public health; our team represent the breadth of healthcare professionals that interact with school-aged children, including school nurses, GPs, neurologists, paediatrians and clinical psychologists.
The MindEd CYP IAPT project will provide a new and exciting way of presenting training for staff who work with children and young people who have mental health difficulties. It will support the academic teaching provided by Universities and complement the clinical skills training which students receive from the Universities and in the workplace.
Phase 1 of the MindEd CYP IAPT project focuses on the core skills which staff need to work effectively with children, young people and their families. It emphasises the importance of using evidence based treatments, of measuring change and the outcomes of treatment and of involving children, young people and families in making decisions about their own treatment.
Later stages of the CYP IAPT MindEd project will support clinical training in evidence based psychological therapies for children and young people.
Although this project is aimed at professional groups, it can be accessed by anyone interested in seeing this material.
The Specialist CAMHS Entry Level curriculum is designed to be used by anyone starting to work in targeted and specialist CAMHS. It is also relevant to anyone working with children and young people who have mental health concerns in the NHS. Other professionals may well find some of the material useful.
It has been developed to support induction, early training, as a refresher for more experienced CAMHS workers and to provide links to other material outside the site.
Core elements of the curriculum are assessment, diagnosis and formulation, presentation and management of the common disorders presenting to CAMHS, some more complex situations, the impacts of culture and chronic illness on these disorders and their management, children in care or who are adopted, commissioning for commissioners and clinicians involved in these issues and the impact of digital media on the children and young people we see.
This e-learning material is designed to support other forms of learning and to provide information. It does not replace face-to-face training and does not aim to develop clinical competence.
As part of the MindEd programme, the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) was commissioned to carry out the UK’s first ever comprehensive systematic review of e-mediated therapies and computer-based applications for the prevention and treatment of mental health problems and substance misuse in children and young people.
What are e-Therapies?
‘E-Therapies’ use technology to facilitate therapy. There are two main types:
- e-Mediated therapies: traditional face-to-face therapy delivered via technologies such as video conference, email or chat-rooms. Technology is used to aid, but not replace, the input of a therapist.
- Computer-based applications: used independently by the service user (without or with little contact with a therapist) via the internet, CD-ROM, mobile phone or tablet.
What did they do?
The NCCMH conducted a literature review following the protocol used for NICE clinical guidelines. This was to identify which e-therapies that have been found to be effective for children and young people with a range of mental health problems including anxiety, depression, ADHD and eating disorders.
YoungMinds held two focus groups with young people aged 25 and under to ascertain their views on e-therapies. These groups tried several computer-based applications for anxiety and depression – two of the most common mental health conditions in this age group – and provided feedback on areas such as audience appeal, acceptability and perceived therapeutic benefit.
What did they find?
Evidence-based therapies for children and young people with mental health conditions can be delivered in computerised formats effectively and can be beneficial. However, as the field of e-therapies is relatively new, further research is needed to support this finding. The focus groups emphasised that e-Therapies should be part of a package of care and not a replacement for face-to-face therapies.
This is a new and very promising way of providing therapy for children and young people. For that reason we recommend that the government and other funding bodies invest in the development and evaluation of a range of e-therapies for children and young people with mental health conditions.