September 13, 2021
September 15, 2021
Increasing numbers of people are reporting mental health distress, and this can pose significant additional challenges for professionals, from workers in homeless hostels and supported accommodation, to health and signposting services, social services and the police.
Recognising signs of potential mental health problems is the first challenge, and feeling confident in responding appropriately is the second.
A significant proportion of people are diagnosed with common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. A smaller proportion are diagnosed with more serious and complex difficulties, such as schizophrenia, bipolar or personality disorder. But what do these labels really mean, and how should we understand them so we can respond to them effectively?
Referral on to mental health services can seem like the best option, where a condition is recognised. However, there are long waiting lists for specialist mental health services, many are not available out of hours, and services will often not accept a service user who is actively using drugs or alcohol or seen as ‘unmotivated’ to seek help particularly where their clinical risk is not meeting mental health service threshholds. The reality is that front line professionals are often left to respond.
How can front line professionals respond helpfully to an individual who is presenting with some of the behaviours or problems that at times feel confusing or worrying? Especially when the individual may also have other difficulties such as drug and alcohol problems, and may not want to access help.
Covid 19, and the impact of greater isolation, has added further challenges – both for service users and for service providers.
This learning day aims to enable front line professionals to cope better with mental health challenges encountered in real world situations, enabling better outcomes for clients, and safer working for themselves.
It consists of pre-recorded sessions which participants can watch at any time of their choice over a three day period. The only fixed element is a real time one-hour Q&A with the presenter which will take place at 3.30pm on 15 September. The estimated total time of sessions plus Q&A is around four hours (however, exact timings depend upon how long individuals spend on interactive elements)
The day will be presented by Felicity Reed, an experienced psychotherapist who has been working in the field of mental distress for 20 years. She works for PAUSE where she supports women with highly complex needs, including drug and alcohol misuse.
“One adult in six had a common mental disorder…..the poorer and more disadvantaged are disproportionately affected by common mental health problems and their adverse consequences”
Quoted from https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/statistics/mental-health-statistics-most-common-mental-health-problems
“Merseyside police estimates that 25% of its officers’ time is spent on mental health issues.”
Quoted in article 'Police 'picking up pieces of mental health system', says watchdog' by Vikram Dodd, Guardian, 27 November 2018
The pre-recorded sessions will include:
- Identifying common diagnoses
- Understanding underlying factors in mental health presentations
- The role of trauma, disadvantage and discrimination in mental distress, diagnosis and treatment
- Understanding the system and accessing support
- 3 tools for working with people experiencing mental distress
(Check out the Agenda page)
Clarification on content:
- the content will focus principally on adults’ mental health (excluding older people’s mental health), although it will also refer to young adults
- it is suitable for people who encounter individuals who may have mental health problems, and who would benefit from an understanding of mental health conditions, their likely impact on behaviour, how to access support, and appropriate strategies for handling immediate challenging relationships.
- it is not intended for mental health professionals or those who have already had in-depth training in this area.
How the learning day works
The learning day consists of pre-recorded sessions which participants can watch at any time of their choice over a three day period. The only fixed element is a real time one-hour Q&A with the presenter which will take place at 3.30pm on 15 September. The estimated total time of sessions plus Q&A is around four hours (however, exact timings depend upon how long individuals spend on interactive elements)
It will be presented by Felicity Reed, an experienced psychotherapist who has been working in the field of mental health and complex distress for almost twenty years, both in service design, frontline practice, clinical supervision and service oversight. Felicity Reed is currently Clinical Lead for Adults with Multiple Vulnerabilities for Southwark Children’s Services, helping to ensure that adults with complex distress, such as mental and trauma related distress, as well as learning needs, drug and alcohol misuse, etc, can access preventative treatment and support.
Agenda (subject to change)
The sessions are pre-recorded and can be accessed at a time of choosing within a three day period. The Q&A session on the third day is in real time and takes place at 3.30pm.
Welcome and introduction to the day
- How and why have the challenges increased for front line professionals? Categorising mental distress
- Introducing depression, anxiety and OCD
- Introducing psychosis and Personality Disorder
- Trauma, Disadvantage and Discrimination
- Accessing services, understanding the system, and relevant legislation
- Working in the Covid environment
- 3 tools for common scenarios
Q&A in real time 15 September at 3.30pm
- Social workers – working with parents and families, adults of working age, and teenagers
- Support workers, key workers, link workers
- Children’s charities which also work with parents and families
- Homeless services, including hostels
- Prison officers
- Probation services
- Community protection services
- Services supporting prison leavers and families of prisoners
- Services supporting veterans
- Social housing providers
- Domestic abuse services supporting victims and perpetrators
- Drug and alcohol services
- Peer supporters and people with lived experience
Check ‘About the learning day’ and ‘Agenda’ for more detail on content, and how the sessions work.
Anyone attending from Scotland or Northern Ireland should be aware that any legal & guidance references are generally English and Welsh policy.
£99 + VAT = £118.80
*Team of 3 – £275 + VAT = £330
*Team of 5 – £425 VAT = £510
ring 0115 916 3104 for details.
Booking Terms and Conditions
Cancellations received will be liable to an administration fee of 25%.
*Team bookings are non-cancellable but substitute delegates will always be accepted up until, and including the day.
CANCELLATIONS SHOULD BE MADE IN WRITING TO CCCLimited@aol.com AND WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED BY RETURN.
Confirmation of booking:
Your booking will be confirmed by email within 48 hours.
Felicity Reed is an Adult Psychotherapist and UKCP accredited Supervisor with a background in understanding and supporting people who experience mental distress in complex circumstances, such as in homelessness, substance abusing, criminal justice and emergency service contexts.
She has worked for almost twenty years as a practitioner, leader and service designer, creating new ways to meet the needs of those who do not fit easily into traditional support and who, as a consequence, may present with challenging, distressing or offending behaviours.
Felicity currently works for PAUSE in Southwark, supporting women with complex needs, many of whom have had multiple children taken into care.