How to Manage: Child Mental Health (online)

This course will develop your skills and knowledge in effectively managing general mental health problems encountered in day-to-day clinics and increase your confidence in selecting appropriate interventions to support patients and their families.
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Spaces available

The RCPCH is pleased to offer this course at a reduced rate. Please note the fees may be subject to change.

  • RCPCH member - Trainee as well as SAS Doctor, Nurses, AHPs: £105
  • RCPCH member - Consultant: £135
  • Non-RCPCH member: £190

Course aim

An introduction to the role of paediatricians in managing common mental health presentations.

The course covers four broad areas of mental health presentations, with five vertical themes throughout the day of:

  • Neurodivergence
  • Legal Frameworks
  • Biopsychosocial approach
  • Role of the paediatrician
  • The behavioural cycle

All of the topics were done to a very high level. The speakers were passionate about their topic and included ways in which Clinicians can reflect and apply into our own practice. An engaging course and definitively one that makes you think holistically about patients.

Course description

This course brings together a multi-professional team to equip you with practical guidance on how to manage general mental health problems you encounter in your day to day clinics, as well as, advice on selecting and implementing effective interventions.

With sessions on eating disorders, an acutely dysregulated child, assessment of para-suicide, self-harm or overdose and non-organic illnesses presenting to general paediatrics, this is an essential course to develop your skills and confidence in managing mental health in general paediatrics.

Learning objectives

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Feel confident in your role in managing common mental health presentations
  • Consider the impact of neuro divergence on managing mental health presentations
  • Be able to apply legal frameworks to managing mental health presentations.

The best thing about this course was the inspiring and knowledgeable faculty, who are changing the culture and our attitudes towards our mental health patients by assuring us that we are capable and these patients will soon become our bread and butter.

Target audience

Paediatric Trainees, SAS Doctors and Consultants

Course leads

Dr Karen Street has been a Paediatric Consultant in Exeter since 2007 and is the current RCPCH Officer for Mental Health. In addition to practising in all areas of general paediatrics from 0-18 years, she has been working on NHS projects across paediatrics and adult services to develop pathways for older teenagers and young adults up to 25 years of age. Dr Street has developed specialty interests in eating disorders, persistent physical symptoms, and the overlap between physical and mental health but is happy to see a full breadth of Paediatric presentations. She believes passionately in always considering the whole person when assessing and supporting any health presentations, and in working in a joined up way with multi professional colleagues.

Dr James Dearden is a Consultant General Paediatrician in Torbay & South Devon, with subspecialisation in High Dependency Paediatrics. He has been the local Mental Health lead in Torbay since 2021, and over the last two years has taken on roles with Devon ICB and NHSE South West to support development and integration of services around children and young people's mental health. He has been responsible for establishing a clinical network linking physical and mental health teams across the South West, encouraging collaboration, shared working and greater advocacy for CYP mental health. He is passionate about the role paediatricians have to play in children's health, both physical and mental, and equipping the children's health workforce with the understanding, tools and capabilities to meet the defining need of this generation of young people.

Course requirements

To participate in this online course, you will need access to:

  • Windows or Mac Computer (laptop/desktop or tablet)
  • An internet connection 
  • Microphone and speaker - either using the built-in microphone/speaker or a headset connected to your laptop/desktop or tablet
  • Webcam - either using a built-in webcam or a separate webcam connected to your laptop/desktop or tablet.