About this course

Over the past decade, there has been a push in the UK to measure the outcomes of child and adolescent mental health services.

If done well, routine outcome measurement can help improve service performance, promote shared decision making, and tailor treatment to the needs of service users and their parents.

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However, there is a lack of consensus about the types of change that constitute a ‘good outcome’, and an urgent need for better ways of theorising and measuring children’s mental health outcomes.

This workshop aims to stimulate an interdisciplinary debate about what constitutes a good outcome in child and adolescent mental health by bringing together speakers from variety of backgrounds. They include:

  • CYP with experience of using mental health services
  • Philosophers
  • Research psychologists
  • Philosophers of science
  • Psychometricians (experts in measures and measurement)
  • Clinical psychologists

The aim is to take a step back, and to reconsider how we define and measure mental health and well-being in children, and how insights from the field of philosophy might help us challenge and improve current practice.

We hope that attendees will be open to share, listen and learn with and from others throughout the workshop.

The workshop will cover:

  • Existing approaches toward conceptualising and categorising outcomes in child and adolescent mental health
  • What do young people with experience of service use consider a good outcome from therapy?
  • Philosophical perspectives on mental health, well-being, and the ability to reliably report on one’s own state of mind.
  • The difference between mental ill-health and wellbeing outcomes
  • Issues and dilemmas around the measurement of child mental health outcomes.

Who is this workshop suitable for?

We warmly invite anybody with an interest in child mental health outcomes, including mental health practitioners, researchers, young people and their parents, teachers, policy makers, service managers and commissioners.

Aims of the workshop?

  • To bring together varied perspectives on this important but under-researched topic
  • To start a conversation on what good child mental health means, and for whom

 Please note, to keep the cost of this event down and make it as accessible as possible for all, the fee for this workshop does not include lunch. There are plenty of affordable lunch options near to 1 Wimpole Street.