TREATme is building a European researcher network to improve knowledge on individualised psychotherapy treatment of young people with mental disorders. The network is accumulating research on:

  • the specific markers of youth psychotherapy;
  • the mechanisms of change in youth psychotherapy;
  • measuring change;
  • designing relevant studies;
  • disseminating results and communicating with stakeholders.

The network promotes collaborative funding applications and meets societal challenges related to mental health and paves the way for the matching of mental health research to the needs of young people in Europe. The network aims to exchange and disseminate knowledge about important factors that improve outcomes in youth psychotherapy, as well as about how to best design studies that can increase  knowledge  about  what  works  for  whom  and  how  in  psychotherapy with young people.

Professor Julian Edbrooke-Childs, Deputy Director of the Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU) and the Anna Freud Centre’s Head of Evaluation, leads Working Group 4, which examines how to support young people to be involved in psychotherapy research and interventions. Dr Nicholas Midgely, Co-director of the Child Attachment and Psychological Therapies Research Unit (ChAPTRe), and Nicholas Morgan, Participation Officer, are also members of Working Group 4.